If you're one of the many sweating your 'do out this weekend, you can blame it on the release of the teaser trailer for Marvel's most-anticipated new franchise, Black Panther because it is straight fire.
Chadwick Boseman reprises his role as T'Challa, the new king of Wakanda, a secretive African nation. After the events of Captain America: Civil War, the safety of his country is challenged by villain Erik Killmonger, played by a jacked up and emo-dreaded Michael B. Jordan (Creed).
The teaser (below) gives us a brief and glorious glimpse at the rich and cultural world of Wakanda, and it is the dope African sanctuary I was seeking since Barack Obama took off in that helicopter on January 20th. Beneath the facade of a modest shepherding country lies one of great wealth, science and technology that would make Tony Stark jealous.
So it makes sense that outside forces, like Killmonger and Andy Serkis' Klaw are vying for Wakanda's wealth and T'Challa's throne. According to Marvel.com, the freshly coordinated King T'Challa rely on Dora Milaje (aka Wakanda's security squad), and the outside world to protect his nation and prevent a global war.
We've already known that Black Panther (directed and co-written by Ryan Coogler) boasts one of the flyest casts ever, but it's gasp-worthy to witness them in action. Joining Boseman and Jordan, are Oscar winners Lupita Nyong'o and Forest Whitaker, Oscar nominee Angela Bassett, Tony nominee Danai Gurira, Captain America: Civil War movie-stealer Florence Kasumba and Get Out's Daniel Kaluuya.
But it may be the culture that steals the focus of the phenomenal cast and stunning action. It hasn't gone unnoticed that Marvel employs more actors named Chris than they have movies that aren't centered on white, male superheroes and universes. I will always stan for Captain America and his doppleganger, Chris Evans, and yet it's a beautiful thing that Black Panther is unapologetically Black AND African. The trailer shows how BP brilliantly pairs Africa culture--masks, lip disks and ancient ceremonies--with advanced techonology, aircrafts and weapons.
After watching the trailer 50-11 times, I only have one question: Is it February yet?!