Literally Everything in the First Black Panther Trailer Is Gorgeous

Marvel dropped the highly-anticipated first teaser trailer for Black Panther on Friday and it was gorgeous.

Costume design (Ruth E. Carter), cinematography (Rachel Morrison), and oh so many talented actors. Marvel definitely has a mega-hit on their hands with Black Panther. I wasn’t near my computer for a while after it landed so I had to watch it for the first time on my phone but I’ve re-watched it several times on my computer today and am still in awe.

The film, directed by Creed’s Ryan Coogler with a screenplay by Coogler and Joe Robert Cole, won’t hit theaters until February 16, 2018 but this first look is making just about everyone wish we could watch it right now. Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, Michael B. Jordan as villain Erik Killmonger, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Forest Whitaker as Zuri, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye (head of the fierce Dora Milaje), Letitia Wright as Shuri, Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, and Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman return to reprise their roles as Ulysses Klaue and Everett K. Ross respectively.

Entertainment Weekly spoke to Coogler about the teaser. Spoiler-ish if you don’t know much about the character from the comics:

These children are part of Zuri’s sacred ritual, creating something for the king from a plant unique to Wakanda. “People who read the comics would be familiar with the Heart-Shaped Herb and the ceremonies that surround that,” says Kevin Feige. “That’s partially spiritual. We certainly don’t call it magic, but there’s Vibranium that has been interwoven within that soil and that land for thousands of years, so there are other things going on with it.”

“The Heart-Shaped Herb is how Black Panther achieves his powers. He can fight hand-to-hand with Cap, who’s a supersoldier, so he has super strength and heightened instincts that give him his enhanced abilities,” Coogler says. But not just anyone can partake of its powers. “The Heart-Shaped Herb is what Black Panthers over the generations would consume, once they earn the title, which gives them their physical edge.”

Besides countless fans, some of the MCU took to Twitter to react to the trailer as well:

Oh and if you were wondering, the song used in the trailer is “Legend Has It” by Run the Jewels.

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