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Watch Black Panther go From the Page to the Screen Ahead of Tonight’s new Trailer

A new trailer for Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther will be dropping tonight during the College Football Playoff National Championship between Georgia and Alabama on ESPN. To hold you over until it airs, Marvel released this great video that gives you more insight into Black Panther’s origins, from Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s original creation, in the early 1960s, to the thrilling prince of Wakanda, played by Chadwick Boseman, we finally saw on the big screen in Captain America: Civil War. It was in Civil War where T’Challa/Black Panther’s fate was set—his father was killed, elevating the young prince to the ruler of Wakanda.

“He has to look out for an entire nation, that’s a responsibility that other superheroes don’t commonly have,” Boseman says in the video. This is one of the major things that differentiates Black Panther from every other superhero—he doesn’t just fight the bad guys in times of war, he has to manage an entire nation, as its’ king, for the rest of his life. This is a massive distinction, and as much of a burden as Captain America, Thor, Iron Man and the rest of the Avengers take on (and Thor is a god, after all), T’Challa is responsible to every person in Wakanda. This sense of responsibility seems to be one of the key narrative elements in Black Panther—T’Challa must protect his kingdom as both king and superhero, which leads him into direct combat with Michael B. Jordan’s Erik Killmonger.

We’ll be sharing the new trailer when it drops.

Here’s the official synopsis via Marvel:

 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.

Black Panther opens on February 16.

Featured image: Black Panther/T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman). Ph: Film Frame. ©Marvel Studios 2018

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