The movie, which is set to come out on February 16, 2018 and is directed by Ryan Coogler, dropped its first teaser trailer last night and right off the bat, it is showing potential. Although the plot of the movie is still not clear, the trailer does not fail to keep you intrigued from its potential as the first black protagonist movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In the trailer, within just the first few seconds, we see a white man, Everett K. Ross, who is interviewing another man, Klaw, describing the most common stereotypes about countries in Africa. Soon he is asked about what knows of Wakanda, and we see visuals of a place the interviewee calls “El Dorado” and how it is not in South America — it is in Africa and it’s actually Wakanda. He proceeds to explain how anyone who had gone to “explore” it did not come out alive.
That right there in just two minutes drops the trope of defenseless Africans who need help and shows what African countries could have been without its colonization. Where instead of showing a story of a white hero who comes to aid the people it shows those who have hidden their culture to keep it safe.
It also shows the great strength and fighting skills of T’Challa aka Black Panther who is now ruling Wakanda after his father’s death in Captain America: Civil War (2016). The trailer has had mixed reactions, but we can only wait and see how it turns out.