Ryan Coogler’s long-awaited entry into the MCU is almost upon us and Marvel has one last tease in store for us. Starring Chadwick Boseman in the titular role, Black Panther‘s final trailer aired during the half-time show of the CFP National Championship on ESPN and it brought the modern flare and Afrofuturism that has differentiated and elevated this movie above most other installment’s in Marvel’s ever-going interconnected Universe.
It was also recently announced that Kendrick Lamar would be producing the film’s official soundtrack, Black Panther: The Album. The Grammy-winning musician was the performer during the halftime show that proceeded the trailer’s release and sure enough, this final teaser happens to feature a new track from the forthcoming album from Lamar, featuring Vince Staples.
Check out the “Rise” TV Spot for Black Panther below:
Black Panther takes place after the events of Captain America: Civil War, and 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.
For those who choose to check the movie out in IMAX will be in for a nice surprise as Marvel and IMAX recently announced that select scenes from Black Panther were shot specifically for the format. According to the official announcement, the sequences were shot specifically to fill more of the screen at an expanded IMAX 1.9:1 aspect ratio, 26% more of the image in IMAX than standard theaters. It’s a format fit for royalty.
In addition to the final trailer, Marvel also published a free sampler comic of various Black Panther stories over the years. Reads can get a taste of both older and more recent stories in the Black Panther pantheon including best-selling author Ta-Nehisi Coates’ recent run on the character, as well as two recent spin-offs from the main Black Panther comic: Black Panther And The Crew, which finds T’Challa and his allies battling police violence and systemic racism in a miniseries also written by Coates. World Of Wakanda is a series written by Roxane Gay and Yona Harvey and highlights Wakanda’s powerful female characters, some of which are spotlighted in the upcoming movie. There will also be samplings of Black Panther stories of old, such as the mid-2000s Black Panther run by Reginald Hudlin and John Romita Jr.
Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, reprising his Captain America: Civil War role, alongside Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, with Forest Whitaker and, returning from Avengers: Age of Ultron, Andy Serkis. The film is directed by Ryan Coogler, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Joe Robert Cole.
Black Panther hits theaters on February 16th. Tickets are now available through Fandango for screenings as early as February 15 beginning at 7 pm ET. The film is one of our most anticipated releases of 2018.