Okay so Black Panther is finally out and the wait is over. The movie easily hits the Top 3 Marvel movie spots and was surely the best Superhero origin story beating Iron Man. Black Panther was nothing we have ever seen before. It was just sheer perfection. The movie had everything, it had emotion, it had heart, it had humor, it had drama, it had mind-blowing action, and above all, it had a great plot.
Ryan Coogler (Creed) was the guy chosen by Marvel to direct this epic superhero outing and he totally nailed it. He was the first Black man to have ever been at the helm of a major Marvel movie and he proved that the African American community is incredibly talented and vibrant whether it’s onscreen or offscreen.
He indicated that the movie will not be a traditional origin story as Black Panther had already been introduced into the MCU in Civil War when he came along with his father who was a UN delegate to sign the global Sokovia accords to make it mandatory for super-powered people to register with the government authorities for oversight. Here is what he said:
“What’s great is that people have already met Chadwick Boseman in Civil War, so now we get to jump in feet first without having to tell a more traditional origin story. We meet him as his world is changing. Black Panther takes place right after the events of Civil War, so T’Challa’s father has just been killed, he has returned home to Wakanda, and T’Challa has to navigate potentially becoming the new ruler of this nation. He never intended to become the king for years because he figured his dad would be around for a long time. T’Chaka’s death is, in a lot of ways, the catalyst for everything that’s happening in Black Panther.”
“In this movie, a lot like politics, it’s a little tricky to define who’s a good guy. The film very much plays with those concepts, looking at conflicts and different motivations, and who’s with who. What makes him different from other superheroes first and foremost is he doesn’t see himself as a superhero. He sees himself as a politician. That’s the first thing on his mind when he wakes up in the morning: ‘How am I going to fulfill my duties as king of this place?'”
Throughout the movie, a fan would surely have a smile stuck to their face, and in the scenes where things get serious, one would feel it. Every bit that Ryan Coogler tried to convey through this movie was conveyed. It was a cultural masterpiece and the entire team just nailed it on their parts. You cannot ask for anything better than this. The wait was totally worth it. It comes out with a lot of surprising twists throughout the story and people would love it without a doubt.
One of the best elements of the movie was the way it was built up right until the third act of the movie. The villain Erik Killmonger was certainly one of the best Marvel villains. You would totally understand his cause, support him throughout, maybe not the way he wants to do things, but you get the right idea of a true villain, and with this movie, Marvel does solve its Villain problem, as the movie explained every bit beautifully.
The King of Wakanda is now surely ruling our hearts as well. Through the movie, and right until the very end, we learn the meaning of being a true King. Everything in the story that is being built up, it comes to a great conclusion towards the end as the ending of the movie was truly justified, and we would not have liked it to be in any other way.
The rest of the text obviously contains Spoilers, so if you don’t wish to spoil your movie, just turn around, otherwise, it is worth a read!
As Erik Killmonger enters Wakanda, he being a rightful challenger to the Throne of Wakanda, challenged T’Challa for the ceremonial ritual, and the winner of the ritual gets to sit on the Throne. The winner of the ritual will be decided as one of the two either yields or die. During this ritual, T’Challa is actually beaten by Killmonger and he throws T’Challa from the top of a huge Waterfall, but miraculously, T’Challa survives.
T’Challa then heals through the heart-shaped herb and goes back to take the mantle of the King. At this point in time, Killmonger has taken grave decisions with mixed intentions. He ordered for the Wakandan tech to reach the War Dogs (the spies) of Wakanda spread throughout the world. This move was made to show the world that people of color are now sick of the racial discrimination and will now rise and conquer.
Killmonger’s intention was to end the suffering of the people of his race, but the way to do that was clearly wrong. T’Challa went back to take the throne which was clearly in the wrong hands. As T’Challa did not yield, and he did not die, so that challenge of the ritual was actually meant to continue. Killmonger then attacks T’Challa with everything he has got, and ultimately T’Challa does thrive with a Killer move.
In the heat of the epic battle that took place between Black Panther and the Golden Jaguar, Killmonger gets stabbed in the heart. Well, T’Challa being a kind and noble king offers to heal Killmonger, but he chooses to die for his cause instead, and pulls out the spear that was keeping him alive, and dies instantly. Looking at the cause for which Killmonger died, and how wrong the customs of Wakanda have been as they hid in the shadows to protect themselves, T’Challa now strives to change and write the wrongs that his ancestors have done.
In the very end, in the mid-credits scene, T’Challa announces that Wakanda will now come out of the shadows, and share all its resources and knowledge with the rest of the world. Then in the post-credits scene, we see Bucky being woken up from Cryogenesis, who is then confronted by Shuri, who tells him that there is a lot to catch up, setting up the Avengers: Infinity War.
The actor Chadwick Boseman who is at the center of it all had incredible things to say about his experiences shooting this movie. Here is what he said:
“It’s funny because, on one hand, the Marvel movies that I’ve liked the most are the ones that are funny. I love Ant-Man. But for me, most of the time the darker superhero movies are the ones that I gravitate towards, that I love the most. So I’m glad that I’m not in an Ant-Man. I’m glad that the tone of the movie may be a little grittier. I just wanted to establish that from the beginning, that’s what we were doing. That that’s what I intend to do. I feel like we’ll end up in a place that I’ve always wanted to be when I look at superhero movies. Those are the ones I like the most. It’s exciting to do that.”
He added on the issue of Black empowerment:
“I feel the energy. The image itself opens people’s minds up. You can talk about it all you want, you can have it in a comic book, you can even do an animated series, but when you see real people doing it, it changes something inside of you. It’s going to be a big deal because there’s not just Black people or people of African descent that want to see it, I think everybody wants to see it. That’s the beautiful thing. I truly believe there are more people who want to see it than don’t want to see it, especially after being here.”
Here is the official synopsis for the movie released by Marvel studios:
“After the death of his father, T’Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king — and as Black Panther — gets tested when he’s drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people”.
The movie is successfully running in theaters across the world and has broken several box office record already. Do check it out. For all MCU news, keep reading QuirkyByte…Cheers!