It was Friday night and I was watching Game 4 of the NBA Finals (congratulations to the Warriors, by the way, they deserved to win.) There were a whole bunch of commercials for movies such as Transformers, Spider-Man, Baby Driver, etc. And then out of nowhere the world premiere trailer of Black Panther debuted and I momentarily lost it. This is why.
Okay, so that was amazing. First of all, I love surprise trailers. And it’s even better when the trailer is one you’ve been waiting for. Secondly, Black Panther is already my favorite new edition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. His suit is so beautiful and even though he appeared in a Captain America film he pretty much stole the show. The new king of Wakanda had a lot to deal with the last time we saw him. His father had just died and he had embarked on a path to revenge. At the end of Civil War, he decided not to let his anger take him to that dark place of hatred and he let the murderer of his father live while also giving refuge to Steve Rogers and his companions in the mysterious world of Wakanda. Now he is being faced with a new challenge and I can’t wait until next February. Until that time I’m going to talk about my favorite aspects of this trailer.
All of the Strong Black Women
Women are not usually a huge part of films. They are either love interests or damsels in distress. They’re never the lead character or the hero who will save the day. Now movies have started changing the way they incorporate women into their movies. First, there were the Hunger Games series which was helmed by a woman. Then Star Wars broke boundaries by having two female leads in both of their newest films. And just a week and a half ago DC Comics took a step further with not only having a movie about the amazing Wonder Woman but they also got a woman to direct the film. It was so nice to see a woman direct the first big budget movie about a female hero because we got to see Wonder Woman through a woman’s eye which is only fair. It actually started to make Marvel look shameful.
Here we are nine years into the world of Marvel and there hasn’t been one movie about a female superhero yet. Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow has been around since 2010’s Iron Man 2. She has become a fan favorite and has plenty of potential of having an enjoyable Marvel film. The Marvel executives have somehow found ways of introducing lesser known characters with their own blockbusters such as Ant-Man and Doctor Strange instead of slipping in a Black Widow film, for some reason. And on top of that, the margin between female and male superheroes in Marvel is staggering. And the women who are in these films are predominantly white. They’re just now starting to introduce women of color into the picture.
This teaser trailer for Black Panther fixes all of those problems in one fell swoop. Not only is this trailer filled with strong female characters left and right but they’re black. Their hair is natural, their style is so African, it’s simply beautiful. I’m an African-American woman and it’s very rare to find black women who are portrayed as strong, smart heroes in movies. This trailer had over five of those women in it and I’m just beaming with joy. Yeah DC Comics had Wonder Woman but Marvel is clearly punching back with this new teaser for the highly anticipated Black Panther.
The Design of the World
This trailer was also chock full of beautiful looking places and costumes. The garb of the female warriors, the Dora Milaje, were fantastic. Wakanda itself was more magnificent than I could’ve ever imagined. The city, the landscape, it was truly beautiful stuff. It looked like something right off of some concept art. And the culture seems to be very apparent. Marvel is not going to shrug away from Black Panther’s grass roots. I can’t wait to see the more native side of the movie.
The Music of the Trailer
Music for trailers is very, very important. If the music is really good and matches the trailer perfectly it can enhance a movie greatly. And if the music is terrible I won’t watch that film. Well, whoever decided to put Kendrid Lemar’s song to this Black Panther trailer was a genius. I loved the hip-hop aspect it brought to the trailer and how bold a statement it kind of presented. It was like as if Marvel was subliminally telling everyone this film has arrived and they don’t care what anyone thinks about it.
One of the reasons why Marvel has gripped my excitement about their films so much are because of some of the incredible action scenes the films have presented. Black Panther provided one of the best action sequences in Captain America: Civil War and so I have no doubt there are going to be many jaw dropping moments in this film. And this trailer was not short of action. I am so ready for this movie, can I just fast forward to February?
So those were my favorite aspects of the trailer. I can’t wait to find out a little bit more about this movie as the months go by. Until another trailer comes out I can’t wait to see this teaser in the movies. I know for a fact it’s going to be incredible.Tomorrow I’m going to write another review about the Wonder Woman movie, spoilers and all. I’ll tell you how I felt about some of its best and worst moments. Until then
Tomorrow I’m going to write another review about the Wonder Woman movie, spoilers and all. I’ll tell you how I felt about some of its best and worst moments. Until then I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and have a wonderful day…or night.