Blank Panther Film Review

Marvel’s most anticipated motion picture reaches all time highs

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The hottest movie to dawn upon theaters in this month is the highly anticipated Black Panther. Black Panther officially hit the theaters on Feb. 16, and it is the eighteenth Marvel movie to enter the hit franchise’s cinematic universe. The film broke records and was the crowned the fifth largest opening of all-time exceeding over $235 million.

The film was directed by Ryan Coogler, who is known for directing the Rocky spinoff Creed. However, longtime Marvel producer Kevin Feige has been a part of numerous blockbusters, starting his career in 1998. Marvel fans were introduced to the character Black Panther back in July of 1966. His debut came through the minds of comic-book writers Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in the Fantastic Four issues 52-53 as an accessory character.

In order to have the most accurate depiction of the characters from the comics, the comics, the cast is comprised of predominantly African Americans. The film takes place in the fictional kingdom of Wakanda, where it is known for its ample supply of a precious metal, Vibranium. Four of the five traditional tribes reside there, but one tribe moved into the mountains, due to an issue from the past.

The main character of the film is Prince T’Challa of Wakanda. T’Challa is the newly crowned king of Wakanda, as he is the son of previous king, T’Chaka. He is played by American actor Chadwick Boseman. Boseman is known his role as Jackie Robinson, in the 2013 film 42. The second most important character is Okoye, who is the general for T’Challa on his missions. She is the head of the all-female warrior force that protects the king. She is played by American actress, Danai Gurira, known for her role in the hit television show, The Walking Dead.

Another main character is Nakia, the former love interest of T’Challa. She is played by Kenyan actress, Lupita Nyong’o, who is known for her key role in the 2013 film 12 Years A Slave.

The film itself takes place right after the end of Marvel’s 2016 Captain America: Civil War, where T’Challa returns home to take his father’s place as king, after his death in that movie. After following the sacred ceremony of crowning the new king and if challenged, fighting for the power to be the Black Panther.

Situations arise and ultimately divide Wakanda back into its tribe-like factions. T’Challa must keep his country safe from an unlikely foe who tries to take over and destroy the society of the isolated nation. This movie, overall, deserves a perfect score for its spectacular use of accuracy across the board. This movie has topped all other Marvel films and the results of the box office prove it. The film has affected the lives of many, due to some long awaited representation.

The cultural representation that the film portrayed is stellar and I highly recommended all Marvel fans to see this film.