Marvel’s Black Panther has finally landed in cinemas, and it sure packs a pretty hard punch. Sidelining the typical Marvel humour, director Ryan Coogler delves into the world of Wakanda and constructs a unique standalone adventure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I’m still working on my full spoiler-free review but until then, here are five things you’ll love about Black Panther.
Michael B. Jordan Is A Fantastic Villain
Even though Marvel Studios has a pretty solid track record when it comes to its heroes, the company hasn’t had much luck when you take a look at the villains…until now.
Early reactions suggested that Michael B. Jordan’s villainous Killmonger would be a highlight of Black Panther and now that I’ve finally seen the film, I would have to agree. Killmonger is arguably the best developed Marvel villain of all-time, with understandable motives and a stellar performance from Jordan. In fact, I would go as far as to say that Killmonger is the greatest comic-book villain since Heath Ledger’s Joker.
The Supporting Cast Is Great
From Lupita Nyong’o’s Nakia to Danai Gurira’s Okoye and Daniel Kaluuya’s W’Kabi, Black Panther has the most impressive selection of supporting characters in any Marvel movie. Particularly brilliant is Letitia Wright as T’Challa’s kid sister Shuri, who brings more than a few comedic moments to this otherwise serious film.
While the focus is very much set on Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa, I wouldn’t be surprised if fans walked away saying Shuri, Okoye or Nakia were their favourite characters.
Wakanda Is Wonderfully Perfect
Since the dawn of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2008, we’ve seen plenty of futuristic, magical and alien civilisations but none compare to what director Ryan Coogler has created with T’Challa’s home-country, Wakanda.
Within the first act of the film, we understand Wakanda’s history, its unique place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the nations technological advancements. After just one film, we already care more and know more about Wakanda than we do about Asgard after three Thor movies.
Ryan Coogler Knows How To Tell A Story
As proven by Fruitvale Station and Creed, Ryan Coogler knows how to construct a compelling, emotional and entertaining story. Within this superhero adventure, Coogler is able to introduce the audience to a new collection of characters and a great new civilisation, all while staying true to African culture and delivering everything modern audiences expect from a superhero blockbuster.
Watching Black Panther, it’s immediately obvious that the film has been made by someone that cares about the source material, cares about the characters and someone that see’s what impact they can have with a big budget superhero movie.
T’Challa Will Be Your New Favourite Marvel Hero
After his stellar introduction in Captain America: Civil War, Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa became one of the most exciting new characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and after Black Panther, the character will undoubtedly be regarded as one of the greatest heroes Marvel has ever put on screen.
T’Challa’s position as the King of Wakanda gives the character a unique position in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Black Panther isn’t just a superhero, he has much bigger obligations and the film’s exploration of that responsibility only enhances the characters place in the larger universe.
Hopefully, everything I’ve said here will be enough to persuade you to buy a ticket, but if you need further persuasion, my full spoiler-free review of Black Panther will be dropping later today.
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