The time has come! The Black Panther poster and trailer has dropped!
Friday was basically Black Panther Day when Marvel decided to post the first teaser poster for the film while teasing the first trailer, which eventually dropped that night during Game 4 of the NBA Finals. When the trailer finally debuted, it didn’t disappoint.
Here’s what the fans thought about it, courtesy of Twitter and Black Girl Nerds’ Twitter Moments:
The first Black Panther trailer just brought some serious hype
Black Girl Nerds and Twitter React to the #BlackPanther Trailer
Overall, I’m so ready to see this in the theaters. Finally, a Marvel film that 1) joins the Captain America films in the “Marvel movies that don’t feel like Marvel movies” category and 2) actually speaks to me as an audience member.
To be honest, I think I’m actually still numb from excitement. In short, this is going to be a watershed moment for Marvel movies. If you’ve read my Mediaversity review of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, you’ll learn more about my grudge against Marvel’s overall approach to their film franchise. In short, it’s a ton of dudebro “white men only” type of stuff the majority of the time, with black characters (and characters of other minorities) as background flavor or loyal no. 2 characters (I love the Russo Brothers and their approach to Captain America, but how they wrote Sam Wilson in Captain America 3: Civil War was quite tragic and full of “Yes Suh!” annoyance).
But Marvel finally did right by a black character and, indeed, a black film franchise (because you know Black Panther has got to have some sequels). Not only is this a film filled with black characters–a wide array of black characters with different motivations, looks, and personalities, mind you–but it’s a film written and directed by black man (Ryan Coogler) and featuring the talents of a black behind-the-scenes team, including women like Hannah Beachler and Ruth Elaine Carter, as Twitter has been quick to point out:
Hannah Beachler is the genius behind the production design for the highly anticipated film Black Panther. pic.twitter.com/Zwno4rzlDv
— boqor riya. (@hausofriya) June 10, 2017
The 2nd Black woman to hook us up w/ great visuals for Black Panther is Ruth Elaine Carter. She makes costume design look like an art form. pic.twitter.com/HWqlFXcQSV
— boqor riya. (@hausofriya) June 10, 2017
27. Want to make sure yall see this–Ruth E. Carter @OnSetWardrobe is the costume designer for #BlackPanther–pay homage. #ICONIC pic.twitter.com/KB0GoCiaBO
— FanBrosShow (@FanBrosShow) June 10, 2017
.@OnSetWardrobe told me she looked at the Masai for BLACK PANTHER influence. You can see it in the Dora Milaje!https://t.co/7JiUaRd9ae pic.twitter.com/oWGpf91hkz
— Pete Souza Petty (@KendraJames_) June 10, 2017
I love me some Cap (and I double love Chris Evans), but Chadwick Boseman has immediately moved to the top as my favorite Marvel star. Chris Evans is definitely a second-favorite, though, and besides, even he’s going to be first in line at the movie theater:
First in line!!! ? https://t.co/RFHy2JzD2o
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) June 10, 2017
I’m gonna be first in line as well.
What do you think of the first Black Panther trailer? Give your opinions below!
It’s been literal years since fans started the call for Marvel to make a Black Panther film, and the call has finally been answered! Though Marvel might act like it’s all their idea, it would seem that the film would never have gotten made if Stan Lee didn’t pressure them into it, what with his public statements about it being on the film schedule and all.
Either way, we’ve got our film coming Nov. 3, 2017 and our lead is played by Chadwick Boseman! You probably already know about Boseman; he’s played Jackie Robinson in 42, James Brown in Get on Up, and also had a small, little advertised role in Draft Day, starring Kevin Costner. He’s had such acclaim with the first two roles, and now he’s adding “First Black Marvel Studios Lead” to his already-illustrious resume.
We’ll get to see Chadwick “T’Challa” Boseman in Black Panther, of course, but he’ll also have a role in Captain America: Civil War and many other films that probably weren’t announced during Marvel’s Phase 3 Event; Boseman’s signed on for five years. A lot of films can be made in that time, as Marvel’s slate proves.
What do you think about this news? Give your opinions in the comments section below!