Roar of the mighty panther
This year will mark a decade when Marvel first began their cinematic film odyssey way back in 2008 with Iron Man. With each release, the Marvel heroes we've come to know and love have cemented themselves as not only box office champions but film icons as well. Black Panther is the latest Marvel character to get his solo outing taking place after the events of Captain America: Civil War where we find prince T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) returning to his hidden but technologically advanced country Wakanda to assume the throne after the death of his father. Upon embracing his new role as king, T'Challa is faced with both diplomatic and heritage problems: black market arms dealer Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) has been stealing Vibranium, Wakanda's most resourceful material, to sell and create weapons, and he confronts a mysterious figure from his father's past that could threaten his position as king and the state of Wakanda. Of all the films in the Marvel Cinematic universe, Black Panther is the most groundbreaking entry for many reasons such as being the first major black superhero, an entirely diverse cast of characters (a welcome change considering the present whitewashing controversy) and a brilliant combination of African and tech culture. I could go on and on about all the positive things Black Panther has accomplished but I'll point the most significant ones: the first is that Michael B. Jordan as Killmonger who does a stunning job in his role and is without a doubt one of the most best Marvel villains to date. The cinematography in this film is just simply beautiful and the art direction of Wakanda is filled with amazing influences from real African cultures. Chadwick, as always, gives a boastful performance as T'Challa; the same goes for the supporting cast, especially Danai Gurira (Michonne from The Walking Dead) as Okoye who is so deserving of a solo film of her own. The film also does a great job of targeting real-world issues of immigration and culture identity without being too overbearing or on the nose, never forgetting that it's comic book film more than anything. My experience from watching Black Panther is that there is now a new possibility of more diverse superheroes to come, and if they can accomplish what this film did then consider my expectations extremely high. Black Panther is worthy of its' proclaimed royalty and gets my highest recommendation.