Danai Gurira Is the True Badass of the New Black Panther Footage

Jul 22, 2017

Fans at San Diego Comic-Con got an exclusive look at Black Panther on Saturday night. Unfortunately, director Ryan Coogler said that the footage was just for fans in the room and won't be posted online right away.

The footage began with a scene: T'Challa, a.k.a. Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Wakandan spy Nakai (Lupita Nyong'o) and a member of Black Panther's guard Okoye (Danai Gurira) enter a casino. They seem to have left Wakanda on a recon mission. They watch Everett Ross (Martin Freeman reprising his role from Captain America: Civil War) meet with the villain Klaw (Andy Serkis) to exchange the powerful metal Vibranium, which can be found in Black Panther's suit and Captain America's shield, for a suitcase of diamonds.

But Klaw suspects something is amiss and soon a fight breaks out. Okoye and Nakai do their fair share of butt-kicking. At one point Okoye flings her wig off and pulls out a weapon before sparring with some baddies. Later on, she stops a car by throwing a spear.

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The sequence eventually transitions to a trailer, soundtracked by Kendrick Lamar's "DNA." In it, Black Panther puzzles over what kind of king he will be. He is eventually challenged to a fight by Michael B. Jordan's Erik Killmonger, a would-be usurper of the throne, who sports his own golden Black Panther suit.

Coogler teased that the history of Wakanda—the fictional, technologically advanced land over which Black Panther rules—will play a big role in the film. "The best thing about the comic book was the T’Challa was someone who got power from the people around him and his history," the director said. "History is incredibly important to me and my family and incredibly important to African culture."

A new poster showing Black Panther perched high above Wakanda was released right after the panel ended.

Black Panther hits theaters Feb. 16, 2018.

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