Black Panther Honest Trailer Introduces a Hero Who Just Won't Quip

Black Panther is officially out on DVD and Blu-Ray, which gives the folks over at Honest Trailers that much more reason to finally tear into the hugely successful Marvel film.

Critically adored and gracefully bearing the weight of cultural expectation and comic book fan hype alike, it's no surprise Honest Trailers finds little fault with the film -- at least, compared to their usual biting commentary. If anything, they mostly accuse it of subverting expectations and failing to be a typical Marvel film, starting with how Black Panther's hero almost never cracks a single joke.

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The trailer points out that T'Challa's defining characteristic as a Marvel hero isn't that he's black (we've got a few black heroes now) and it's not that he's royalty (hey, Thor); it's that he doesn't crack jokes. As the narrator puts it, "I thought you had to be a smartass to save the world?"

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Of course, there are a few jabs at vibranium's seemingly unlimited capacity to fit the writer's plot points. Then there's also the deserved poke at Wakanda's inaction in some serious world events, including Ultron's use of stolen vibranium to try to destroy the world, which one might have thought would hit home for them. Mostly, the trailer points out that Black Panther has way more moral nuance and a love interest with way more agency than the average Marvel film, but the overused CGI and big third-act action battle keep it firmly in Marvel's wheelhouse.

Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan as N’Jadaka/Erik “Killmonger” Stevens, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Forest Whitaker as Zuri and Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue. It is currently available for sale on digital or blu-ray.

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