– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Marvel Entertainment has officially released the first trailer for Marvel Studios’ next big film (after Thor: Ragnarok, of course), Black Panther. Check it out above!

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Fans have eagerly been awaiting this film for some time — since well before the character was introduced in last year’s Captain America: Civil War. A few months back, Marvel released a teaser trailer, and man did it show off something incredibly different. That certainly seems to be the studio’s main approach with this trailer as well.

With this first official trailer, Marvel looks to be emphasizing the unique Wakanda visuals — the kind of stuff we haven’t seen before. Between the colors, costumes, and culture, it’s a greatly different from anything we’ve seen in a Marvel film before. Though while that’s all well and good, that doesn’t make this trailer perfect.

In an effort to put a lot of focus on visuals, money shots, and tone, we still have little to no idea what this movie is actually about. There’s a lot of visually stunning things going on, and yet we have little idea what the context behind all of it is, which is disappointing. Hopefully this something that’s remedied in the next official trailer — after all, they probably don’t want to take away too much from Thor: Ragnarok in terms of thunder.

My last and only other real complaint isn’t as much of a complaint as it is more of a question: any reason why Michael B. Jordan’s character seems to have more of an American accent than a Wakandan one? Just a thought.

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.

What did you all think of this trailer? Let us know your thoughts down below!

Black Panther hits theaters on February 16, 2018.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.