Black Panther: Breaking Down Marvel's Most Complex Trailer Yet

Marvel Studios debuted the second trailer this morning for Ryan Coogler's Black Panther, filled with new footage, different perspectives on previously seen sequences, and a breathtaking reintroduction to the wonders of Wakanda.

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Although most of the key players were established in the first trailer, released in June -- or before that, in 2016's Captain America: Civil War -- from star Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa to Letitia Wright as Princess Shuri to Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, the new footage reveals different facets of many of the film's characters, and of the nation at its heart.

Below we break down the trailer's highlights, from Wakanda's history and technology to the fearsome battle for its future.

'How Much More Are You Hiding?'

Introduced, alongside Chadwick Boseman's T'Challa, in 2016's Captain America: Civil War, Martin Freeman's Everett K. Ross appears positioned to serve as the audience surrogate in Black Panther, much as he's functioned in the comics. Like viewers, he's experienced the wonders of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, yet somehow, even as a member of the Joint Counter Terrorism Center, he's remained unaware of the technologically advanced society hidden within the African nation of Wakanda.

"I have seen gods fly. I've seen men build weapons that I couldn't even imagine," he tells T'Challa in sequence that takes place following the interrogation of Ulysses Klaue depicted in the first trailer. "I've seen aliens drop from the sky. But I have never seen anything like this. How much more are you hiding?"

'We Are Home'

To underscore Ross' comments, we're shown an aircraft , the Royal Talon Fighter, piloted by Okoye (Danai Gurira of The Walking Dead) through a holographic barrier that disguises Wakanda's wealth and technological advancements, making the small nation appear like little more than untamed jungle. More context is given in original trailer, released in June, in which Ross explains that outsiders view Wakanda as a Third World country, only to be told by Klaue that the "textiles, shepherds, cool outfits" are nothing more than "a front."

The source of Wakanda’s wealth, and what fuels the nation’s advanced technology, is Vibranium, the rare and highly coveted metal deposited there ages ago by a meteorite. Its radiation mutated the Heart-Shaped Herb, believed to be a gift from the Panther God, which imbues the ruler of Wakanda — the Black Panther — with enhanced strength, speed, endurance and healing.

A City of the Future

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Although we've previously seen Wakanda's skyline, sacred rites and key figures, this is our first look at everyday life in the kingdom, and it's pretty fantastic. This is presumably a bustling street in the capital of Birnin Zana, aka the Golden City, home to the Royal Palace, the Necropolis, Wakandan International Airport.

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Here, the contemporary seamlessly blends with the futuristic as residents walk past quaint shops while, above, a monorail speeds by gleaming towers.

No Ordinary Bodyguards

We saw the Dora Milaje in the first trailer, ready to battle Michael B. Jordan’s Erik Killmonger, but here the personal bodyguards of the Black Panther are shown up close, performing more ceremonial duties (namely, welcoming the returning king). Recruited from every tribe in Wakanda, to promote harmony among the rival factions, the members of the all-female brigade are considered some of the deadliest warriors in the country.

Trained in numerous forms of martial arts, the Dora Milaje are armed with Vibranium weapons and clad in Vibranium armor.

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