“I think it begins to feel like skin after a while”, Boseman said. Now, the big question: Can the movie possibly live up to all that hype? All the while Coogler makes sure that “Black Panther’s” subtext touches upon heritage, identity, and representation, themes that fester and then explode at the exact right time. In the film, beauty is not only celebrated through looks but through strength, skill, intelligence. So there you have it, Boseman didn’t have to undergo auditions and test screenings like, say, Tom Holland, he was just the flawless man for the job. And it sure doesn’t.
Black Panther is the 18th film to be spawned from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), according to CNNMoney, and the highly anticipated movie has already broken Fandango’s pre-sale ticket record for MCU films within its first 24 hours.
It sees Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa return home after the death of his father King T’Chaka (John Kani), to be crowned his successor and achieve the full potency of his alter ego Black Panther.
The Disney/Marvel film now scores on “87” aggregate score on the review site Metacritic, which will rank as the highest scoring Marvel character movie ever if the tally stands, topping even 2004’s “Spider-Man 2” (83 aggregate score). Let us know how excited you are for Black Panther by giving the movie your own ComicBook.com User Anticipation Rating below. Nyong’o’s Nakia is a war dog (Wakanda’s version of a spy), torn between love for her work, love for her country and her feelings for its new king. That conflict makes the journey infinitely more engaging and emotional, for T’Challa and the audience. Not only that, but the characters’ struggles are also their struggles.
Those on the other side of the Atlantic were no less effusive. While Okoye’s bald head and attitude may recall Grace Jones, this woman is one of a kind. Keep an eye out for Wright; she’s sure to be a breakout. A auto chase. But the ones that stand out above the rest are the fights that take place on Warrior Falls, where anyone from any tribe can fight with the current Black Panther to claim the rights to that title and rule over Wakanda.
This may be explained by the fact that a lot of the archetypes of the black superhero are rooted in the B-movie aspects of Blaxploitation films. After a brief glimpse in the Civil War post-credits, we finally get to see the kingdom in all its glory; a wondrous, Afrofuturist land of technology and rich, unhindered culture thriving in modern times, though kept secret from the world.
As with its balance between political discourse and comic-book superheroics, the movie rings true with family dynamics that can change history. Like gold and diamonds through millennia of colonial madness, Wakanda’s underground mountain of vibranium drives good men mad. Fruitvale Station and Creed director Ryan Coogler brought this film to life co-writing with Joe Robert Cole.
The action mostly falls into the standard Marvel pattern. It is a stunning portrayal and one that lacks the overtly masculine pandering action heroes are often cookie-cutter modeled into. Both of the scenes are revealed in the trailer, so nothing is being spoiled here-they just happen to be the best fight scenes in the film. Tears for the villain. Again, I’m trying to be as vague as I can because I want you to experience this film blindly like I did. It may be a stretch to compare them to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the more militant Malcolm X, but it is also somewhat works. “Meal prep! We gotta go pop this thing in the microwave and eat food.’ It’s tough to socialize when you gotta get in shape like that”, the actor explained. Jordan said in response while laughing. Can’t tell you why, though. I liked how Coogler and the team seamlessly took various parts of T’Challa’s timeline and wove them all together in this feature film.