6:28pm PT by Graeme McMillan
'Black Panther' Springs Into Action in First Teaser Trailer
The Black Panther's actions might have ended a superhero civil war, but the first teaser for Marvel's Black Panther shows that ruling over his nation state of Wakanda can be just as dangerous as any amount of crime-fighting — if not more so.
Friday's teaser marks the first time audiences have seen Chadwick Boseman as the African hero created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby since his cinematic debut in Captain America: Civil War.
In the new spot, viewers are welcomed to the African kingdom of Wakanda, the camera flying in between a trio of roaring waterfalls as Andy Serkis' Klaw, in an interrogation room with Martin Freeman, labels it "El Dorado." The scenic views were the perfect backdrop for Boseman's Black Panther, seen in action taking out a number of armed gunmen creeping through the jungle. We then see that Boseman is watching Serkis' exchange with Freeman through a window.
"The world is changing," a voiceover narrates as masked infiltrators blow up the wall to the interrogation room. "Soon, there will only be the conquered and the conquerors."
Plenty of action is shown in the kingdom of Wakanda, both futuristic and with swords and spears. "You are a good man with a good heart," the narration continues, referencing Boseman's King T'Challa. "It is hard for a good man to be a king."
For Boseman's own solo movie, he'll be joined by Lupita Nyong'o, Michael B. Jordan and Danai Gurira as the action relocates to T'Challa's home, where civil unrest threatens to spiral into a potential worldwide conflict.
The movie will also see the Marvel return of Freeman, reprising his role from Civil War, and Avengers: Age of Ultron's Serkis.
Black Panther, directed by Creed's Ryan Coogler, will be released Feb. 16, 2018.
Watch the trailer below.