A new TV spot for Marvel's Black Panther proves one thing: war is coming to Wakanda.
Michael B. Jordan's Erik Killmonger outright promises as much in the 30-second spot available for viewing above. It's not the only revelation in the trailer, though. T'Challa's new suit as designed by Letitia Wright's Shuri is also introduced, as she calls it "new and improved," promising, "it's got some swag."
The upcoming Marvel Studios flick holds a special place in Ryan Coogler's heart. The director has been a longtime fan of Black Panther, identifying with the character from a young age when he was growing up in Oakland. Landing the job as the film's director was an exciting time for Coogler.
"It's weird because it wasn't a pitch as much as I got a call from Nate Moore, who produced on [Captain America: The Winter Soldier] and [Captain America: Civil War]. He was kind of [Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige]'s right hand on all he projects and I got a call from him. He had been shepherding the film along at the studio for a number of years now. So I got a call from him, talked to to him about what they were trying to do, trying to figure out how the studio worked because I didn't really know how they worked intimately. I was curious."
Watch Coogler's interview with ComicBook.com right here. The director Coogler quickly integrated with the Marvel Studios executives and how their teams operated, as well as discovering how they wished to see the Black Panther character brought to life. "Met Kevin, met [Louis D'Esposito], met [Victoria Alonso] eventually," Coogler recalls. "I heard what they were thinking. They had been thinking about the project on their own and saying, 'We've been thinking this and thinking that. We thought this was interesting and that was interesting.'"
He then took the alley oop and completed the slam dunk. "I sat with that, and I had to process," Coogler says. "I watched Civil War which hadn't been out yet. I had to process what I would do and I came back to them and I talked to them. I thought that I wanted to make it but only if I got to explore this certain things."
Black Panther hits theaters on February 16, 2018. Advanced tickets are on sale now wherever tickets are sold. Other upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe movies include; Avengers: Infinity War on May 4th, Ant-Man and the Wasp on July 6th, Captain Marvel on March 8, 2019, the fourth Avengers movie on May 3, 2019, the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming on July 5, 2019, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in 2020.