The Black Panther Review: A Great Stand Alone Film in the MCU
Starring an all star cast, The Black Panther delivers on all levels. One of the best entries to the marvel universe yet, and arguably the best origin film they have made.
After the events of Captain America: Civil War, T’Challa father dying, it is up to T’Challa to step up to his throne in the fictional African land of Wakanda. However, with being king, a lot of challenges come before him. Physical challenges in Erik “Killmonger” Stevens who is looking to avenge his father and mental challenges in what does the country of Wakanda owe the world. The film presenting Wakanda as a futuristic African nation hiding itself from the rest of the world ignoring certain issues of the rest of the world such as poverty and oppression of black people. It is a visually stunning film but also thought provoking
The all star cast is headed by Chadwick Boseman playing The Black Panther, T’Challa, who brilliantly portrays the struggle of becoming a king. After showing a glimpse of what he is capable if Civil War, Marvel did the right thing placing the spotlight on him this time as he shun in the solo role. He also gained a lot of help from supporting actors such as Black Mirror stars Letitia Wright and Daniel Kaluuya. Letitia playing T’Challa’s sister, Shuri, who is a tech savvy sixteen year old who designs new technology for the country. While Daniel plays T’Challa’s best friend, W’Kabi, who gets blinded by revenge of the man who killed father, Ulysses Klaue, causing him to choose the wrong choices. Ulysses Klaue played by Andy Serkis, also adds a create character due to the madness of him. His best and funniest scene coming when he makes it rain in a casino after he uses his modified arm to shoot The Black Panther. The greater evil, Erik ”Killmonger Stevens, played by Michael B Jordan, creates a villain with a destructive ideology which goes against the traditions of the Wakandan people. Their is also great performances by Danai Gurira as Okoye, known from The Walking Dead who plays Michonne. She plays a similar role as Michonne but with Okoye having more of a heart. Martin Freeman and Lupita Nyong’o also put in solid performances.
This was a great way to introduce The Black Panther to the audience properly and I’m glad the decided to give him his own film. It is really worth watching as offers more than just good vs evil scenario