This year’s Annual Legislative Conference for the Congressional Black Congress featured a panel focused on “Imagining a Bigger World—Marvel’s Black Panther, Cultural Heritage and STEM.” The panel included 5 minutes of exclusive footage for the upcoming Black Panther film.The Root has shared a description of what exactly went down in the footage:
The trailer opens with King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) in a black tailored suit walking into a red-carpeted casino with a Dora Milaje (the special all-female Wakandan royal security force) on each arm—Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Okoye (Danai Gurira). They’re scoping out the place, talking through hidden microphones, looking for mercenary Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis).
Klaue arrives with about 10 goons and starts bragging about what’s in his pants (literally) and trying to negotiate a deal with Agent Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman) for a briefcase holding a small sample of an ore called “Vibranium.” One of his goons notices the Dora Milaje, the deal goes bad, bullets start flying, and everybody was kung fu fighting.
The action is kinetic, like a mixture of Coogler’s fight scenes from Creed and the manic bullet ballets from Kingsman movies. Okoye and Nakia pull out spears and start fighting off henchmen, and T’Challa is diving over tables while Klaue is shooting at Ross, T’Challa and everyone else to make his escape. T’Challa effortlessly makes a 20-foot leap into the upper balcony to chase after Klaue, only to have to dodge a slew of lasers as Klaue’s hand transforms into a cannon of some kind. Then the scene ends.
In the next scene, T’Challa is seen running through brightly lit city streets chasing an SUV. As he runs, his formal casino wear morphs around his body, seamlessly changing him into the Black Panther costume.
Black Panther jumps on top of the fleeing SUV while you see Okoye pull out a gigantic golden spear and throw it in front of the vehicle, where it props up like a light post. The car smashes full speed into the spear. The spear holds its ground as the car flips over, and as it does, you see Black Panther leap from the top of the roof of the car, onto a nearby building, where he begins to run up the side—like Spider-Man, but with better coordination.
Next you see Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) and T’Challa prepare to battle in the sacred falls that have been shown in previous trailers. It’s clear that in the movie, King T’Challa will be challenged several times for leadership of Wakanda in ritual combat.
As T’Challa and Killmonger square off, you see a red battle suit similar to Black Panther’s form around Killmonger, and he leaps at the king. They fight, kicking, punching and swinging, before falling off a waterfall together, fighting all the way down into the cloudy waters below.
In what appears to be another leadership challenge, M’Baku (Winston Duke), the leader of the White Gorilla Cult, steps out of a cave into the sacred lake to battle T’Challa. He’s much larger than Wakanda’s king and wears a large mask that resembles an ape.
After that, there are a series of quick scenes showing Black Panther dropping out of a airplane, a secret lab full of weapons and Black Panther suits being tested, more butt-kicking, and Michael B. Jordan scowling at T’Challa.
The reference to a Kingsman and Creed feel of this film is exciting. Ryan Coogler, the director, also directed Creed. The boxing film stars Michael B. Jordan (who will also be in Black Panther, but as a villain). You can check out some of the boxing scenes below (they can be slightly graphic so a warning):
The first Kingsman film is known for its church fight and the sequel just released in theaters. You can check out the church scene below but be warned: it is graphic (much more so than Creed).
Both films employed long takes and stylized action to create dynamic and beautiful fight scenes.
After the footage, Coogler and other panelists discussed Vibranium, Wakanda, and the relationship the country has with its precious metal. The Root also points out the striking resemblance between Vibrant and coltan.
The Root also features a quote from panelist Rick Loverd (director of Science and Entertainment Exchange at the National Academy of Sciences) about the importance of representation in film. You can check out the full article here.
Black Panther releases in theaters on February 19, 2018.
Black Panther- T’Challa, 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.
Source: The Root