People at San Diego Comic-Con were excited for Thor: Ragnarok, but they were literally on their feet, applauding with enthusiasm after Marvel debuted new footage for Black Panther.
Unlike Thor: Ragnarok, Marvel isn’t going to publish what appeared to be a scene from Black Panther, and a new trailer, anytime soon. Polygon was in attendance for the panel, however, and got to see everything. From the inclusion of Kendrick Lamar’s “DNA” to Andy Serkis’ charming Ulysses Klaue and kick-ass fighting from the Panther and Jabari tribes, the footage doesn’t take a second to breathe.
Below is a detailed description of what we saw from Black Panther at Marvel’s panel so, yes, there will be spoilers. Let’s go ahead and include an official spoiler warning, just to be as clear as possible.
[Warning: The following contains spoilers for Black Panther.]
The scene that we saw opens up with T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) inside a casino. Everything is red — the vests of the employees, the walls, the fixtures — everything. It’s a strong color and, paired with a heavy bass line from some dubstep mix, it’s very noticeable.
The three citizens of Wakanda are there to intercept a sketchy deal that’s about to go down between Klaue and Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman). Ross, a Deputy Task Force Commander of the Joint Counter Terrorist Centre, was first introduced in Captain America: Civil War and had a great deal to do with Black Panther.
Before the deal between the two can be intercepted, however, things get chaotic and T’Challa, Okoye and Nakia find themselves in a series of hand-to-hand fights. It’s hard to convey just how incredibly well shot this scene is. Each fighter has their own distinct style and that is evident even in their rapid, choreographed movements on screen. Whether they’re wielding a staff or lunging at the wall, climbing it like a jungle cat would, there’s quite a bit of attention dedicated to ensuring that the audience can tell each of these fighters have their own moves and styles. It makes the fight scene feel more exciting and interesting than the run-of-the-mill choreographed hand-to-hand combat situations we often see in movies like these.
The scene ends with T’Challa confronting a very charming and manic Klaue, who unveils his new, secret, highly technologic weapon: his prosthetic arm. After losing the arm in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Klaue has managed to find a way to make his new prosthetic work to his advantage. In the scene, the arm quite literally unfolds to reveal a weapon, much to a very surprised and concerned T’Challa.
What followed next appeared to be a new trailer that Marvel will hopefully release soon so everyone can watch it. There are a number of new scenes with Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan), who wants to take the throne of Wakanda for himself, and a busy car chase through the streets of an undisclosed city. Another specific scene in the trailer reveals how a new Black Panther costume is formed with the new Wakandan technology he receives. As the hero runs through a street, a blue light glows around his clothes as the suit transforms into a much cooler version of the costume we saw in Civil War.
It’s in this trailer that Lamar’s “DNA” is used, reminding everyone that Black Panther has the best music.
Black Panther will be released on Feb. 16, 2018.