Marvel’s Black Panther movie is exciting and new in every way. A new type of superhero, a unique vengeance for the villain and a different style of battle. At the same time, it superbly remains true to Marvel’s traditions and franchise that’s garnered such a large and avid following. The Black Panther’s origin story fits seamlessly into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The movie’s ending leaves you satisfied but with so many opportunities for Marvel to explore in the future. I look forward to seeing more from the people of Wakanda, the King’s all-female warrior army - the Dora Milaje, and T’Challa’s little sister Shuri.
The movie was primarily set in the fictitious African country, Wakanda where ancient traditions coexist with advanced technology the that the rest of the world has yet to discover. The traditions are passed down through the elders. The technology is built on the fictitious metal, Vibranium, which defies the laws of known science, for example, absorbing soundwaves, vibrations, and kinetic energy – think Captain America’s shield, which is also made out of vibranium from Wakanda. In the wrong hands, vibranium can be a massively destructive weapon, which is why Wakanda has chosen to stay essentially hidden within the African continent.
Perhaps what makes this Marvel movie a superhero story like none we have ever seen before is its exploration of a nation of black people who have never experienced colonialism or institutionalized racism…clearly a fairytale, but a supremely fascinating one!
“Black Panther” bucks the traditional cinematic notion that the good guy is all good and the bad guy is all bad. The plight of the villain, Erik “Killmonger” Stevens, is uncomfortably relatable and at some point in the movie, you can not help but sympathize because of the cards he was dealt. That being said, that will NOT stop you from routing for King T’Challa, aka the Black Panther, and cheering him on to victory.
In addition to the blockbuster level movie-making that we’ve come to expect from Marvel films, “Black Panter” has beautiful African style. From the African garments, headpieces and jewelry to the overall swag and style of the Wakandans, this movie made the Marvel’s 1966 comicbook character an instant classic with a superhero that looks different from America’s typical mainstream setup.