It seems like a long time ago now, but remember last summer when Captain America: Civil War introduced us to the Black Panther for the first time? Well, he’s got a movie of his own coming out in a couple of months. We still have to get through Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok to get there, but it’s easy to see why Black Panther might be more hotly anticipated than either of those entries because it will be the first Marvel Cinematic Universe movie to be headlined by an African-American star, made by an African-American director, and featuring a predominately African-American cast.
So naturally, you’ll have to watch Game 4 of the NBA Finals tonight to see the first teaser trailer for Marvel‘s Black Panther. Joking aside, this probably has as much to do with the fact that the game is airing on Disney owned ESPN, as it does with nearly three out of four basketball players in the NBA being black, but the fact remains, if you want to be among the first to see the teaser, you will have sit through tonight’s match between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Warriors are three games up on the Cavs in the best of seven series, so you may also be watching the defending champions be put out in four straight while waiting for Black Panther. The game starts at 9 pm EST.
In the meantime, here’s a poster.
Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.
“Black Panther” stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, with Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis.
The film is directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Jeffrey Chernov and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole wrote the screenplay. Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” hits U.S. theaters on February 16, 2018.