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THE LADY BY THE LAKE

Who is she? The trailer doesn’t offer any explanation, just a glimpse of this woman disrobing beside a pool inside a cave that, to me, looks to be something that was carved out of rock rather than something that was worn smooth by eons of flowing water.

The woman is dark-skinned, and we haven’t seen her before. (It’s hard from that distance to even tell who the actress is.)

And this cave — or mine — could it be a place from which Vibranium is extracted?

We know for certain that a Black Panther movie is coming in 2017, and if Ultron is smart (spoiler: he is) he’d figure out a way to construct a version of himself from Vibranium, the ultra-tough metal that makes up Captain America’s shield — and is found mostly in the fictional, highly advanced African nation of Wakanda. In other words…

WAKANDA BOUND

We’re definitely going to feel the presence of the Panther in this movie. Andy Serkis’s appearance in the last trailer reminded everybody of Ulysses Klaw, one of Black Panther’s primary foes. And another shot of him in this new footage only reinforces that.

Note what’s hanging around his neck: A claw pendant.

There’s no doubt in my mind that we’ll be setting foot into the kingdom of Wakanda, although we may or may not see Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, Black Panther’s true identity and the ruler of that country.

Still … could this woman in the cave be one of his people?  Maybe Shuri, Black Panther’s badass sister? Or perhaps a member of Black Panther’s personal bodyguard corps, the Dora Milaje? (The resemblance there is very strong.)

Or is this a trap set by Ultron, who has perfected his ability to simulate life in the form of Jacosta — the “female” mechanism he created in the comics as his bride?

That’s a lot of question marks, but if Marvel didn’t want us to speculate they wouldn’t have included that mysterious glimpse of her.

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