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In a new international trailer for ‘Black Panther,’ star Chadwick Boseman takes the time to talk viewers through how the fictional country of Wakanda, where the upcoming film’s action is set, has already played into the bigger Marvel Cinematic Universe.

As Boseman outlines in the video spot:

“My character comes from a place called Wakanda. While that name may not be familiar, it’s actually connected to the Avengers universe in ways you never knew. In fact, it might be the most talked-about [location] out of any other Marvel movie.”

Boseman then leads us on an “MCU flashback tour” of sorts, highlighting the films where Wakanda has come into play in some fashion:

  • ‘Iron Man 2’ (2010): a scene in the film where Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Tony Stark (Robery Downey Jr.) are having a discussion in front of a digital world map clearly highlights the nation of Wakanda in the middle of Africa.
  • ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ (2011): this is the introduction of Cap’s nigh-indestructible shield – prominent because the shield is made of vibranium, an ultra-rare element that only exists in one country in the world.  That’s right – it’s exclusive to Wakanda, making the small country extremely rich in its mining operations of the ore.
  • ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ (2015): this is the movie where the country is first mentioned out loud, as Dr. Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) fails at pronouncing the name several times before finally getting it right.  This film also introduced Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis), a villain who will also be featured in ‘Black Panther.’
  • ‘Captain America: Civil War’ (2016): audiences are first introduced to T’Challa and the Black Panther in this film, as well as featuring the MCU’s first look at the actual country of Wakanda in person.

Take a look at the video for yourself, and get ready for the premiere of the film coming very soon!

‘Black Panther’ opens in US theaters on February 16, 2018.