There was a lot to love about the first Black Panther teaser trailer. We saw Michael B. Jordan as Killmonger, Chadwick Boseman take his throne as T’Challa, and more!
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Kevin Feige and director Ryan Coogler confirmed that Killmonger will be working with Andy Serkis’ Klaue. Here’s what EW learned:
“Klaue wants Vibranium, but this masked man wants something more — perhaps power over the nation that Black Panther rules. This masked figure is ready to spring Klaue loose from his CIA safehouse, and the two villains will join forces.”
Forest Whitaker also made his debut in the trailer. Whitaker will be playing a character named Zuri, and Ryan Coogler says he is a kind of “religious figure or spiritual figure” and knew T’Challa’s father.
“He’s somewhat a religious figure or spiritual figure. Spirituality is something that exists in Wakanda in the comics, and it’s something we wanted to have elements of in the film. Forest’s character, more than anything, is a major tie-back to T’Challa’s father. Zuri is someone he looks to for guidance.”
Finally, EW has confirmed that Klaue will be using the same weapon he uses in the comics, only it’ll be attached to his arm instead.
In the comics, Klaue’s weapon was a sonic emitter he used as a prosthetic for his missing arm. In this film, he attaches a piece of advanced Wakandan mining equipment as his arm-cannon — which is presumably what led the CIA and Black Panther to capture him. In this shot, we can see the limb has been taken from him.
Here’s the synopsis for Black Panther.
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.
The film stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, with Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis.
Black Panther will be in theaters on February 16, 2018.