Watch the Throne in BLACK PANTHER’s Teaser Trailer

There's a teaser poster too, but we all know why you're here.

Serious question: Were there people out there who weren’t expecting Ryan Coogler’s Afro-futurist take on Black Panther to be anything but transcendent?

The movie’s teaser trailer – released surprisingly early in tonight’s Game 4 of the NBA Finals – was never going to be surprising in terms of sheer quality or the command and breadth of the director’s vision. Instead, I was surprised by something entirely different: I was hoping for a movie made by a PoC, but there’s no other way to describe what we’re seeing here but “A movie of color”.

The framing device of Andy Serkis’ Ulysses Klaue (with an Afrikaans accent, in case you didn’t know) and Martin Freeman’s Everett Ross (American, clearly owing a lot to his stint on Fargo) is crucial for contextualizing the fantastic, space-age, naturalistic, tribal-inspired world we see in the rest of the movie. Not only are they two white foreigners unfamiliar with our hero T’Challa’s home nation of Wakanda (i.e. most of the expected audience), but they’re in a dingy, badly lit room where everything’s black and murky blue – a room with no color.

This is a great wrong-footing of the audience for the explosive, action-packed remainder of the trailer, because it’s not just filled with crazy hovercrafts and car flips and costumes and phenomenal use of Run The Jewels and Michael B. Jordan’s captivating hair – it’s filled with color, in every single frame, in such a panoply of shades and hues and placements in the frame that I really want to stop writing this up and go watch it again just thinking about it. That said, I’ll leave you to the comments with nothing but the teaser poster from earlier today, that now feels more underwhelming than anything else.

  • I haven’t seen Creed, so I didn’t know what to expect, but the action sequences in this trailer rule.

    • Lilgreenman

      The same holds true of CREED – the back half of Donny’s final fight plays almost literally like a director’s reel, just wall-to-wall highlight techniques and moments.

    • Andrew Clark

      Oh boy you are in for a treat. Definitely make that a priority, especially if you like what you see here.

    • Lunaman

      The direction in Creed is absolutely phenomenal. Check. It. Out.

      • K I’ll finally watch it in the next week! I dunno why I’ve put it off. Sports themes are sort of a brick wall to me so I guess that’s why, which is dumb.

    • Something

      CREED was my favorite film of 2015. There’s a reason why all of lost lost our shit when Coogler was announced.

    • ElWaldorf

      You should probably see Creed.

  • Alex the DC & Marvel fan

    Wow! Ryan Coogler is one hell of a talent, and he has an absolutely amazing cast, so I’m expecting this to be no less than excellent.

  • Andrew Clark

    This looks amazing. Great analysis too, Adam.

    This movie is going to be HUGE. I’m almost mad at this teaser dropping so early because we have so long to wait.

  • Something

    FUCK YES

    BRING THIS MOVIE ON RIGHT THE FUCK NOW

    I AM READY FOR IT

  • ElWaldorf

    This movie doesn’t feel like a Marvel movie at all. Winter Solider and both Guardians are one thing, but takes it to new heights.

    • EmmJay

      I think a big part of that is that the camera is in interesting places. Like, when was the last time a Marvel movie was shot from, you know – just in terms of lighting, and camera placement, and basic film grammar – an unexpected angle?

      And this trailer that happens 3 or 4 times!

      BLACK EXCELLENCE y’all!

  • Allen

    IT’S LIT!

  • Andrew Clark

    I seriously can’t handle the color. Thank GOD. After so many colorless, joyless blockbusters recently, Coogler isn’t afraid to put color on screen and not color grade it all to gray poop.

    • Jamikel

      Going from Guardians to Thor to Black Panther, these MCU movies seem to be getting more and more colorful. Hopefully this is a sign of a larger change in blockbuster palette trends.

  • EmmJay

    Eeeeeeeeeeeh!!!!!

  • Lilgreenman

    Item: The bridge whereupon the car flip happens is the Chuncheon Bridge in Seoul. They shot there on location, but this would suggest that it actually takes place there instead of Wakanda like I was vaguely expecting: https://www.goodfreephotos.com/albums/south-korea/seoul/chuncheon-bridge-lighted-up-at-night-in-seoul-south-korea.jpg

    • Andrew Clark

      I’m anticipating a big part of the movie will be T’Challa dealing with what it means to be King in an international setting now that Wakanda has entered the world stage again. Maybe some kinda UN meeting or a trade deal or somesuch.