Actor Andy Serkis, director Ryan Coogler, actors Forest Whitaker, Michael B. Jordan, Winston Duke, Daniel Kaluuya, (front row L - R) Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong'o, Chadwick Boseman and Letitia Wright from Marvel Studios Black Panther' at the San Diego Comic-Con International 2017 Marvel Studios Panel in Hall H on July 22, 2017 in San Diego, California. Black Panther is already going strong in early ticket sales, with its theatrical release just over a month away.
T'Challa is proving to be the king of the box office, at least when it comes to advance ticket sales. A Prophet deals with secret societies and cultural ties, so that was a big influence (on Black Panther). It's not unheard of for superhero movies to become runaway hits at this time of the year: Fox's R-rated Deadpool set records as the highest-opening February movie with $132.4 million.
Signing on to the Marvel universe could potentially mean more films beyond the Black Panther franchise.
The key to appreciating the trailer is understanding that most of the new footage is actually an extended look at things that we've seen before. Currently, non-Disney estimates before tracking believe Black Panther will post a $80M-$85M start with a possible shot at $100M-plus.
Black Panther claws its way into theaters on February 16, 2018. Based on the previews, "Black Panther" seems to be unlike any other film in the MCU, as it has more fantasy and science fiction elements to it than the usual Marvel superhero movie.