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It looks like Killmonger is rescuing Klaue, which implies that these two villains are in league with one another. While we’re here, note that Klaue is missing his left arm and remember that it was chopped off by Ultron in the second Avengers movie. He’s also missing an arm in the comics, where he straps a sonic emitter weapon to the stump. Surely we’re going to see Andy Serkis with some kind of weaponized arm in this movie. Surely.

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Here’s Nakia, another member of the Dora Milaje. She’s played by Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o and she seems to be undercover in a casino. As we see in other shots, this area is the stage for a big action scene of some kind.

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Case in point: here is Danai Gurira’s Okoye going to town on a henchman with a staff.

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Trouble in paradise? As you’d expect during any transition of power, not everyone is happy with their new, much younger king. As we see here, T’Challa is walking toward a group of people (soldiers and tribal leaders?), arms outstretched, as if he’s welcoming a challenge.

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And he certainly doesn’t look happy. When T’Challa isn’t off saving the world with the Avengers, he’s often navigating the political labyrinths and staving off coups in his homeland. It looks like Black Panther will find his rule challenged almost immediately.

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Here we see Klaue in his crew in disguise, breaking out weapons for a heist. They’re clearly in a museum and the artifacts behind the glass look to be African in origin. The big question is what do these artifacts contain that will be of interest to an arms dealer? Pieces of vibraniun? Traces of the Heart-Shaped Herb that gives Black Panther his powers?

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As established early in the trailer, Wakanda is an isolated nation that deliberately hides in the shadows, steering clear of the international stage. For better or worse, it looks like T’Challa may intend to change that. Here he is speaking at the United Nations. As usual, the film doesn’t seem to shy away from his African homeland, offering a splash of color to his wardrobe.

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Could this be why T’Challa is making so many enemies back home? Is his decision to meddle in international affairs going to turn his own people against him?

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Here’s our best look at Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger, who sports one hell of a haircut. In the comics, Killmonger is a skilled martial artist who has a bone to pick with the Wakandan royal family for exiling his family after his father assisted a group of invading mercenaries. Raised overseas, he grew up with that grudge and dedicates his life avenging his family’s dishonor. If the film follows the comic template, that will mean stirring up all kinds of internal strife for T’Challa to deal with. It should be noted that Killmonger has undergone some, well, pretty serious supernatural shit in the comics, but let’s not dwell on that right now (it could prove spoilery). The man escorting him into the room is W’Kabi, played by Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya.

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Would Black Panther look like this if it wasn’t directed by a black man? Surely not. Ryan Coogler is an enormously talented filmmaker and his dedication to keeping the world of Wakanda as vibrant and as African as possible is evident in every frame of this trailer. This trailer feels genuinely proud of the character’s heritage and this is not something you see in many major Hollywood movies. This is how you keep superhero movies fresh.

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You may recognize Isaach De Bankolé as one of the villains in Casino Royale. Here, he seems to be playing someone of importance. Perhaps one of Wakanda’s many tribal leaders? After all, he is gathered for a meeting in the throne room…

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