Marvel Studios has debuted the teaser trailer for director Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther, introducing audiences to Wakanda, primarily from the perspective of Andy Serkis’ Ulysses Klaue.
The trailer opens with an interrogation by Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman) of Klaue, who’s eager to share what we knows about the elusive African nation. “Explorers have searched for it, called it El Dorado,” he says. “They looked for it in South America, but it was in Africa the whole time. I’m the only one who’s seen it and made it out alive.”
Lest you think the teaser trailer may only provide a lesson in the history and geography of the Marvel Universe, rest assured: There’s plenty of action in this nearly two minutes of footage, with Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther and his Dora Milaje giving moments in the spotlight, without revealing much — if anything — about the plot. For that, you’ll have to scour the film’s newly released synopsis:
Marvel Studios’ Black Panther follows T’Challa (Boseman) 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.
Opening Feb. 16, 2018, Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, with Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Sterling K. Brown and John Kani.