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Thoughts on Marvel Studios’ Black Panther

Do you still remember the first time you saw Asgard on the big screen? How about Xandar or Ego the living planet? Marvel definitely is the best when it comes to “world building” and we get see that again with their first superhero movie offering for 2018!

Black Panther
Directed by: Ryan Coogler

Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king.

But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

There are many great movies inside the Marvel Cinematic Universe (and outside). There is the Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), a one of a kind space adventure with unlikely heroes with questionable pasts. There’s also Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) which provided us some unseen footage during the Captain America: Civil War. And of course, my favorite one – Captain America: Civil War which gave us a roller coaster of emotions.

After those films, I again saw a very well put together superhero film that’s more than just well-directed action scenes and comedy. Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” is indeed a breath of fresh air not only in the MCU but in the current superhero movie game.

I say that because Black Panther is not pretentious or confused. It clearly knows what it wants and that is to introduce the secret African utopia called Wakanda, the home of the Black Panther.

You really have to hand it to Marvel Studios and director Ryan Coogler as they were successful in showing movie goers how amazing Wakanda is through the culture and the people. In fact, Wakanda sometimes outshines our lovely characters. But that is not a problem because the characters themselves are greatly developed.

It amazes me how they were able to pull it off. Normally, you’ll only remember a few characters but not in this film. Though T’Challa/Black Panther is the main hero which we’ve met and admired during Captain America: Civil War, you can’t help but admire the rest of the characters especially the women of Wakanda.

T’Challa is surrounded by strong women.

First on the list is the Queen of Wakanda. Though she didn’t have a fight scene, her character stuck because she displayed the power of queen and the strength of a mother. There’s also Shuri, the princess of Wakanda. She’s one colorful and bright character who designs new technology for the country and for the Black Panther. Shuri and the Queen were not afraid to travel to another territory to save Wakanda.

“When you said you would take me to California for the first time, I thought you meant Coachella or Disneyland.” – Shuri

Let’s not forget T’Challa’s former lover Nakia! This character is a strong one and a good example due to her beliefs which includes fighting not only for Wakanda but for the other nations surrounding them.

“I would make a great queen because I am stubborn—if that’s what I wanted.” – Nakia

Besides them, T’Challa’s bodyguards are also worth the mention.  The Dora Milaje is an all-female special forces. Whenever I see them, their strength and loyalty radiate through the screen. Their leader Okoye is in a whole different level. She’s the type person you would want to have as a general and a friend.

The other male characters are great, too especially N’Jadaka / Erik “Killmonger” Stevens the best villain, W’Kabi the first line of defense for Wakanda and M’Baku the powerful and ruthless (sometimes funny) warrior leader of the Jabari.  However, I’m quite unsure how to feel about CIA agent Everett K. Ross. Is Marvel filling up the role left by our favorite S.H.I.E.L.D Agent Phil Coulson? Good thing agent Ross can be quite charming. I really enjoyed his exchanges with Shuri, the princess of Wakanda.

“Don’t scare me like that, coloniser!” – Shuri

Lastly, I feel bad about Ulysses Klaue. But then maybe it’s for the best. Oh well!

Have you seen Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther”? It’s not too late. Promise, it is worth your time and money! IMDb

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