After just a week of being released in theaters, Black Panther has earned $700 million worldwide, a number that is steadily climbing to break 1 billion. It is clear that audiences are teeming to watch Marvel’s newest film.
I consider myself a big fan of Marvel movies. I’ve watched every single film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, eagerly following the franchise’s ever-expanding timeline. With that being said, I can confidently state there is no other Marvel film quite like Black Panther.
We get our first glimpse of the main character, T’Challa (played by Chadwick Boseman), the Black Panther in the 2016 film Captain America: Civil War. In Civil War, his father, King T’Chaka of Wakanda is killed. With the throne empty, T’Challa is expected to assume the role of king, which is where Black Panther picks up. Already dealing with the pressure of becoming king of Wakanda, T’Challa must face off against the threat of a new enemy, Killmonger (played by Michael B. Jordan) and his accomplice Klaue (played by Andy Serkis), who places the entire country at stake.
Black Panther states a clear and relevant message that the others tend to stray away from. This message, surprisingly, is largely introduced by the enemy, Killmonger. Fueled by a troubled childhood, Killmonger feels that the Wakandans must act against the conditions in which Black people have been treated globally. Despite this, the movie is packed with action, suspense, and excitement, as well as laced with comedy and even romance.
Besides its plot, the cast of Black Panther features a nearly all-Black cast. Chadwick Boseman, the leading star of the movie, has played roles such as Jackie Robinson in 42, Thurgood Marshall in Marshall, and James Brown in Get on Up. He is joined by names such as Michael B. Jordan, who is known for his roles in Creed and Fruitvale Station, Academy Award winner Lupita Nyongo, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, and Angela Bassett.
The women of the cast play some of the most empowering female characters displayed in any movie I have ever seen. Wakanda is protected by an all-women special forces group known as the Dora Milaje who are fiercely loyal to themselves and their country.
Audiences are introduced to the fictional African nation of Wakanda. Despite being the most technologically and one of the wealthiest nations in the world, it has shrouded itself in secrecy from the rest of the world in attempts to protect its resources and its people. We get a glimpse of an African country that is not too commonly portrayed in popular media. Besides the beautiful scenery featured throughout the movie, the creators of Black Panther successfully mix Wakanda’s sleek, futuristic technology with traditional African detail.
With that being said, it is no wonder why the movie resonates so deeply with so many. To truly understand why Black Panther has caused such a commotion, I highly recommend watching it.