All hail the king: Marvel Studio debuts "Black Panther" trailer

October 16, 2017 - 12:01 pm
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(LOS ANGELES) -- Marvel Studios has surprised fans with a new trailer for its 2018 release Black Panther

Chadwick Boseman returns as T'Challa, aka Black Panther, the prince-turned-king-turned-superhero who made his debut in Captain America: Civil War. This time around, much of the action appears to take place in T'Challa's African nation of Wakanda, the most technically-advanced nation on Earth. 

The plot, in brief: Andy Serkis' arms dealer Ulysses Klaue was the first outsider to see Wakanda and make it out alive, along with a haul of Wakanda's precious super-metal, vibranium -- that's the same near-indestructible stuff Captain America's shield is made of.  In the trailer, Klaue is back, having been sprung from federal custody by Michael B. Jordan's Erik Killmonger, a banished Wakandan who's eager to oust T'Challa from the throne. 

"The world's gonna start over!" Killmonger screams. "I'mma burn it all!"  

The trailer is packed with eye candy and action: many shots of colorful, futuristic Wakanda, and a car chase that has Panther vaulting from an exploding car, scrambling up a skyscraper and using his Vibranium claws to rip off a moving SUV's wheel.

Panther also faces off with Killmonger, who's wearing a matching super-suit.  Wakanda itself also appears to be under attack -- we see some shots of notable cast members Danai Gurira of The Walking Dead and Oscar-winner Lupita N'yongo in action. 

Directed by Creed's Ryan Coogler, Black Panther arrives February 9, 2018 from Marvel Studios, which is owned by Disney, parent company of ABC News.

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