The latest trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever dropped Monday, and alongside it came a new flurry of excitement for the movie with a proper look at its villain and a peak at a few other MCU character cameos.
The previous teaser trailer, which came out two months ago, was more of a tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman and his role as the Black Panther. It was a montage of beautifully shot scenes and mourning that was probably more genuine than acting for the cast. But this new trailer seems to be focusing more on the movie’s plot.
Very early on in the two-minute trailer, the movie’s antagonist, Namor (played by Tenoch Huerta) is introduced. Namor is a character who’s already familiar to many comic fans, but for those of us who consume Marvel purely through its movie/television outlets, here’s a little crash course.
Namor, also known as the Sub-Mariner, has a comic history that extends all the way back to 1939 before Marvel was even really Marvel. Namor was Marvel’s first Mutant and is a much more complex character than simply being a villain. Over the years he’s fought with the good guys, fought with the bad guys, and been both himself, making him Marvel’s first anti-hero. But, besides what side he was fighting on, Namor has always been a leader in the same sense that Ta’challa was, monarch of his underwater nation of Talocan.
Which is why he’s the perfect person to slide into the plot of Wakanda Forever as a villain.
“His people do not call him general or king,” M’Baku says of Namor in the trailer. “They call him K’uk’ulkan, the Feather Serpent God. Killing him will risk eternal war.”
So the plot of this movie? War between two great nations. It’s genius and with an MCU war and villain, you obviously need heroes to fight them both.
Besides introducing Namor, in the Wakanda Forever trailer, we also see Riri Williams (played by Dominique Thorne) who will become Iron man’s successor in her own upcoming Disney+ show “Iron Heart.” And we also get our first look at the new Black Panther, whose identity is yet to be revealed but is undeniable in her Black Panther suit.
Overall, the trailer did exactly what trailers are supposed to do – build hype. I, for one, will be at the front of the line when this movie releases in theaters on November 11th. Will you?
By Kendal Amos, Senior, Chi-Arts
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