Guys, I got chills. We got our first look at Black Panther and sweet Jesus it was wonderful. The trailer debuted during the NBA Finals, giving us our first look at the beauty of Wakanda. The malice of it’s villain. And the high stakes they’ll be playing in.

The trailer opens with Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) being interrogated by Everett K Ross (Martin Freeman). He explains that Wakanda isn’t some third world country in South America, no. It’s in Africa and it’s thriving more than anyone can imagine. We’re shown images of the Wakandan people standing on cascading rocks, celebrating what looks to be an upcoming fight. We even see that they have incredible technology that includes a ship that rivals the Helicarrier. Klaue admits he’s the only one who’s seen it and lived.

We get to see just how incredible Black Panther’s (Chadwick Boseman) suit is. It’s made out of vibranium of course so an assault rifle round does so little to him. We then get to see Wakanda’s skyline, vast towers reaching for the sky. But they maintain tradition, as Zuri (Forest Whitaker) leads children in what looks to be some sort of ritual. A terrorist group led by Erik Killmonger (Michael B Jordan) breakes Klaue out of the interogation. 

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We’re then bombared with a flurry of scenes. An explosion to break Klaue out. Okoye (Danai Gurira) demolishing her combatants with a pike. T’Challa handing himself in to Killmonger. Klaue firing a rather large handgun where T’Challa address the Nations. A very angry Killmonger being lead away, bound. A slick suited man with a lip disk to match. The Dora Milaje looking super dope; yes to more female warriors!

We get to see the throne room in action, holding counsel of some sort. We also see what looks to be Ramonda (Angela Bassett) leading Ross somewhere in the mountains. Killmonger fights T’Challa in an epic slo-mo dual. We also see that Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) will get in on the action, rocking what looks to be disks. And we see Shuri (Letitia Wright) wielding giant blasters, custom with a panther design of course. It all summarizes with Black Panther flipping around on cars – something we know he excels at already. 

“The world is changing. Soon there will only be the conquered. And the conquerors.”  And my mind has officially been conquered. I’m sold. With “Legend Has It” by Run The Jewels playing, it pumps me up even further for this movie.

What do you think of the trailer? Let us know and check it out below!

Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

Black Panther is in theaters on February 16th, 2018.

Erin Lynch