March 6, 2018
So Black Panther is hitting theaters worldwide and setting one box-office record after another. For instance, Black Panther has amassed the fifth largest opening weekend of all time, standing behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($248M), Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($220M), Jurassic World ($208.8M), and The Avengers ($207.4M). Can you believe how pawesome this is? Well?! Can you?
A lot of dummies are saying that it’s great because we’re seeing the first black superhero on screen, which is not true – you’ve had your Blade and Spawn paving the way first. The movie is great because it told a great story about a man fighting another man in a slightly different costume. Much like the first 2 Iron Man movies, Ant-Man and The Incredible Hulk. If you can look past this glaring similarity, you will find the amazing world of Wakanda filled with futuristic technology and ancient hierarchy structure that doesn’t quite mash together.
The movie picks up shortly after the events of Captain America: Civil War, as we witness T’Challa ascend to throne as the rightful ruler of Wakanda. However, not everything goes smoothly because of the little secret T’Challa’s father had. It’s no biggie, it’s just that he killed his own brother and basically left his brother’s son on his own to become a vengeful villain. It comes with no surprise, that this is exactly what happens, the kid grows up to be a badass assassin that goes by the name of Erik Killmonger (which is the collest name ever). But it isn’t just petty revenge that drives Erik; he knows that Wakanda is essentially living in the future due to its Vibranium based technology and keeps it under wraps from the rest of the world. And so there’s this whole debate happening on whether Wakanda should open up and improve the world or keep it as is to avoid the risk of abusing the technology. ‘Cause that’s what I want in my comic book superhero movie – politics and real life parallels. The thing with Erik Killmonger (played by Michael B. Jordan) is that he’s right. Unfortunately, he is a murderer and does everything in the worst of ways despite the best of intentions. In result, Marvel has given us one of the best MCU villains thus far, alongside with Loki and the Vulture.
The rest of the cast is also brilliant, Chadwick Boseman totally nails the role, he is absolutely fantastic as Black Panther, he gives off the vibe of a true king! Luckily, he wasn’t another wisecracking superhero like the rest of the Avengers. Danai Gurira was perfect as T’Challa’s head of security/ bodyguard Okoye. The Hobbit duo of Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis were brilliant in their roles too. I’m still hoping Marting Freeman will become the Red Hulk (even though it’s completely out of comic book continuity) and this is not the last we’ve seen of Ulysses Klaue. Andy Serkis’ character was one of the highlights of the movie.
In addition, I should mention that from a design perspective, this movie is a true masterpiece! At the end of the day, this is an awesome superhero film that rightfully deserves nothing but the highest praise, it gets Ulysses Klaue’s mixtape on Soundcloud!