Last night still feels like a dream finally come true. I cannot believe that after over a year and a half of anticipation I finally saw Marvel’s Black Panther, and it did not disappoint. This film takes place after the unfortunate death of King T’Chaka (John Kani), which we saw in Civil War. Now T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) must take over and become the new King of Wakanda. With his new title, T’Challa must learn how to rule while also dealing with the sins of his father’s past when a new villain threatens the future of Wakanda.
What makes Black Panther a cultural superhero phenomenon is not only its predominately African-American cast but its choice to put multiple strong African-American female characters in the forefront of its film. You have Shuri (Letitia Wright) who is T-Challa’s 16-year-old sister and the world’s brightest mind when it comes to technology. Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) is close to T-Challa but wants to go out into the world to help those in need even when her own life is put at risk to do so. Okoye (Danai Gurira) is the general of the king’s all-female guard called the Dora Milaje, and her loyalty to Wakanda along with her battle skills makes her character entertaining to watch. Never before have I seen so many strong African-American female characters with diverse backgrounds in a superhero film and I hope I will see more of it.
Black Panther is in a league of its own when it comes to the MCU universe. While the movie is very much connected to the events of the last MCU films, this movie marches to its own beat. The film feels like its own due to its impressive storyline and strong character development. It’s villain Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) also sets this movie apart from its MCU predecessors. During the film, I felt conflicted with his character because his motivations for why he becomes the villain of the film almost seem just. You empathize with his character and agree with his reasoning, but you know his approach is not heroic. I also loved Andy Serkis performance as Ulysses Kalue in this film. While many of us never truly get to see him in his human form, you can truly tell he had a blast with this role.
Black Panther was an entertaining and enlightening film to watch. This film delivers on all levels from the amazing costumes and set pieces all the way to it amazing characters. After seeing this film, I am even more excited to see what Wakanda has in store for us with the May 4th release of Avengers: Infinity War. This film is one of the best MCU origins films I have seen and easily fits into my MCU Top 5 list. I would have to recommend you PAY to see this film in theaters.
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