The actor Chadwick Boseman has been very excited offlate as the solo Black Panther movie was about to be released. He was doing a press tour, giving interviews, showing up in places where he could sell the movie, making red carpet appearances etc. He said some very interesting and empowering things particularly for the Black community as it’s not every day that we see Black Superman kicking some serious butt. He said:
“I feel the energy. It 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.”
Black Panther is finally out and it satisfies every bit of the hype that has been all around the world. 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 it had a great plot.
Ryan Coogler and team tried to explain each and every aspect they touched in the best way possible. Every cast member was on top of their game delivering exactly what was intended by the directors and the writers. This movie would not have worked in any other year. It was just the perfect timing for this movie to come out. Even the timeline of the story was written and incorporated into the MCU amazingly well.
He made it clear that the traditional origin story of Black Panther will be skipped and the plot revolves around the challenges T’Çhalla faces after he sits on the throne. Here is what Ryan had to say about the plot:
“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?'”
The whole chunk of the movie takes place about a week to 2 after the events of Captain America: Civil War. In Civil War, we see T’Challa’s father die during the bombing on the United Nations Summit. Baron Zemo bombed the UN in order to frame Bucky which eventually tore the Avengers from the inside and divided them causing a sort of Civil War. Since T’Chaka died, the mantle of the King of Wakanda came upon T’Challa’s head.
We then saw T’Challa turn into a vengeful King seeking justice for his father’s murder. Towards the end of the movie, we see T’Challa turn into a better person as he was done letting vengeance consume him. After that, we see him helping Bucky and Cap out as he takes them to Wakanda and puts Bucky in Cryo sleep until his mind is fixed from what was done to it by Hydra.
The movie begins right after that as T’Challa returns to his nation to be crowned as King, and the ritual ceremony for the same purpose was set up then. But the plot of the movie also connects heavily with the past events that happened in Wakanda’s story. We have seen multiple movies do this in the MCU.
All three Captain America movies have been connected with events in the past. Captain America: The First Avenger was set up in the past itself and was connected to the present about 75 years later. The Winter Soldier was connected with the events of the past as it told how Hydra grew within Shield and how Zola developed an Algorithm. Civil War had major instances connected from the past, and the biggest one was Bucky’s mission in 1991.
Ant-Man was connected with the past during the 1990s. Both the Guardians movies have been connected to the 80s. Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel itself will be set in the 90s as the MCU will introduce Carol Danvers. And now, Black Panther took the similar approach as the foundation of the story was built upon the events that occurred in 1992, when T’Chaka killed his brother N’Jobu and left his little son on his own in Oakland. It is so amazing how the MCU is entirely connected and so many events are interlinked with each other during the similar timeline.
After the movie ends, and we see Bucky wake up from his sleep, Shuri tells him that he has a lot to catch up on and this sets up Infinity War in the very near future. So, Black Panther, Spider-Man (even though it had a messed up timeline), and Thor: Ragnarok all lead to the ultimate comic book event “Avengers: Infinity War”.
Directed by Ryan Coogler from a script he wrote with Joe Robert Cole, Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue, Winston Duke as M’Baku and Forest Whitaker as Zuri. The Film is out in the theatres, go check it out.
Here is the official synopsis of 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”.
Infinity War is just 2.5 months away and it will mark the coming of Thanos and his Black order to Earth, and the biggest Superhero ensemble we have ever seen on the big screen. We are expected to see over 35 Marvel superheroes in a single movie. Here is the official synopsis of Avengers Infinity War released by the Marvel Studios:
“As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain”.
“Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet — the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment”.