Friday night, during Game 4 of the NBA Finals, Marvel released the first official trailer for Ryan Coogler’s (Creed, Fruitville Station) upcoming film, Black Panther. I’ve written a little about it before here on Rapzilla and you can check out my thoughts over here. The trailer opens with Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis having a conversation about Wakanda – the fictional African nation that is ruled by King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman). If this scene looks familiar to you, that’s because it happened a long time ago and is destined to happen over and over again for eternity.

We’re introduced to the natural splendor of Wakanda which is steeped in tradition, full of lush forests and giant waterfalls. Wakanda is to the rest of the world, is a tribal and stereotypical African nation. What the world at large doesn’t know is that they are, by far, the most technologically advanced nation in the world. This is very much in thanks to the rare metal, vibranium, that Ulysses Claw (Andy Serkis) wants more than anything else. The imagery in this Black Panther trailer is nothing like we’ve seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It is, unabashedly, African and without a doubt, stunning. There is tribal garb, majestic vistas, heck, even a dude with a lip plate in a 3-piece. The dichotomy of the “old world” and “new world” we see during the course of this 2-minute trailer invokes a giant sense of awe and a feeling that I’ve been missing from the last few Marvel films. This is something new and it feels like it may be something special. Did I mention that Run The Jewels’ banger “Legend Has It” is the soundtrack to the Black Panther trailer? Sorry about that. That beat gets me hype enough to fight Man-Ape myself. To debut the trailer, Marvel also gave us the first poster for the movie.

If you haven’t watched the Black Panther trailer yet, what are you waiting for? If you have, why are you reading this? Watch it again.