In recent years, Marvel Studios have not only made killer superhero flicks for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but they’ve also learned how to effectively market their films to both hardcore fans and casual movie-goers alike. The studio took big risks with Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Strange – all “lesser-known” superheroes to the casual movie-goer – and managed to make them all a success. This in part due to the aggressive marketing and promotion done by Marvel.
Black Panther is another one of those originally “lesser-known” superheroes. A couple of months ago, a teaser trailer was released and caught everyone’s attention like a hungry prey. Now, a full trailer has been released, and there’s definitely a different vibe that can be felt and expected from Black Panther. From the blazing hip-hop soundtrack to the intense heist scenes and even Lion King-ish moments, this trailer seems to posit Black Panther as a gangsta version of Batman.
However, as good as a trailer can be, they can be misleading. There are many cases where the trailer ends up being far better than the actual film (e.g. Batman VS Superman). Previously, I wrote about the 3 things Marvel needs to do to make Black Panther a success, as a reaction to the original teaser trailer. Now that the first full trailer is out, here are 3 more things that need to be done to ensure the feline’s survival.
3. Stormy Relationships
Okay, so Storm (from X-Men) probably wouldn’t be Black Panther’s wife in the MCU, due to the whole Fox/Marvel thing going on, but that shouldn’t stop Marvel from making the feline-loving superhero’s love life and personal relationships stormy. Having a lot of personal conflicts can give a lot of character, personality and most importantly, motivation for the otherwise cold and ruthless T’Challa. In the upcoming film, T’Challa’s former lover, Nakia, serves as part of Wakanda’s special forces and sort-of his bodyguard, so some conflict of interest could make things interesting.
Also, he shares a lot in common with Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne – huge wealth of resources, loss of parents, etc – but those two can be somewhat empty emotionally, due to their upbringing. It would be really exciting to see some emotion going on, especially since the lost of T’Challa’s father was rather recent compared to Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne who loss their parents at a young age. Plus, at least T’Challa has a stepmother and half sister still alive!
2. An Intense 3-Way Battle
Erik Killmonger and Ulysses Klaue serve as the villains in Black Panther, which is quite interesting, because in the comics, Killmonger and Klaw don’t exactly get along well (Klaw is kind of the reason Killmonger and his family was exiled from Wakanda in the comics). Also, the titular hero and the two villains all have different perspectives on Wakanda – T’Challa newly inheriting the throne, Killmonger wanting to “burn everything”, and Klaw eying Wakanda’s supply of vibranium for weapons. What would make things really interesting is if there is some serious backstabbing or even temporary alliances formed during the conflict. Another interesting thing would be if all three of them had points which the audience could relate to, making it a real conflict for the characters as well as the audience to choose sides.
1. A Killer Plot
It goes without saying a that a good plot can really drive a film. It’s possible to have the best cast and director, but if the plot is lacking, it can really drag the entire film down. Black Panther has the heavy task of pulling off two things with its plot – to be stellar as a standalone film, and to be important in the whole Infinity War saga. There needs to be a solid story to tie things in place. Why is Black Panther important in Infinity War? Why does Killmonger want to take over Wakanda so badly? If these two questions can be addressed well in Black Panther, there is no doubt the film will be nothing short of stellar.