With Marvel’s Black Panther merely weeks away from hitting theaters and blowing everyone’s minds, trailers for the film are beginning to hold back on revealing too much information. But the latest ad spot for the movie give us a juicy glimpse into even more of the action and wonder that awaits in Wakanda.
The key to appreciating the trailer is understanding that most of the new footage is actually an extended look at things that we’ve seen before. T’Challa and Shuri do a traditional Wakandan greeting when they see one another, but in the new spot, we see that Shruri’s got a sense of humor and actually greets hey brother by mocking his title, for starters. Elsewhere, it appears as if T’Challa’s shirtless fight against a group of other men may actually be a flashback to his panther training—something suggested by footage of Zuri (Forest Whitaker) placing an older panther mask over T’Challa’s face.
The briefest and most interesting of the trailer’s scenes, though, takes place in what may or may not be the spirit realm where T’Challa travels to communicate with a group of panthers lounging in a tree. In the new trailer it appears as if the the Wakandan king and the group of animals will become engrossed in a rather deep conversation with T’Challa looking up at the big cats. The framing of the shot suggests that the parlay may very well have an incredible significance for the film (if not the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe), but that’s speculation for another time.
There are also a bunch of gorgeous new action shots showcasing the unreal visuals that are going to bring Black Panther to life on February 16 and to really get a sense of how fantastic they are, it’s best if you check the trailer out for yourself: