Black Panther is one of the most popular and incredibly strong superheroes in the Marvel universe. He is a brilliant strategist and a great scientist (not as good as Shuri ofcose). He was introduced into the MCU in Captain America: Civil War where he came with his father King T’Chaka who was representing Wakanda at UN Special panel meeting for Sokovia accords. His father died in a massive explosion caused by Winter soldier at the behest of Baron Zemo. He then joined Team Iron Man and rest is history.
Chadwick Boseman’s portrayal of Black superhero captured eyeballs and Marvel decided to make a solo movie based on Black Panther with Ryan Coogler at the helm.
Black Panther was a groundbreaking masterpiece! It has officially become highest grossing superhero movie at the US Box-office. It has earned over $670 million in the US, $1.3 Billion worldwide and still running in places. There were many things that worked excellently in the movies and one of the reasons why the movie stands out and shines brightly is how amazingly, all the characters have been incorporated in the movies.
The story of the movie was beautifully crafted by director Ryan Coogler. Right from the start to the end, every element worked just perfectly and what the Director wanted to deliver was delivered by so many powerful performances throughout the movie. He was true to his word and plot of the movie skipped origin story, instead, it focused on T’Challa’s ascendancy to the throne and many challenges he faced after he became Black Panther. Here is what Coogler said:
“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?'”
It did not have a big complex story if you think about it, but everything just worked really well for the movie. It was a true Superhero origin story in every sense. T’Challa evolved throughout the course of the movie, but the real strength of this movie lied in the rest of the characters, especially the villain(s). Ulysses Klaw was only there for a few moments, but Andy Serkis killed it in those few moments as well. But the best thing that happened to this movie was certainly Killmonger.
He was not the typical villain we would see in a comic book movie, as he was way more than that. His motives were understandable, and his agenda was sort of justified after what he and the Black Community have faced throughout their time. His ways were a little extreme but his character arc was totally justified and just awesome! He is the one that actually helped T’Challa to grow, and it was because of him that Wakanda became open to the rest of the world.
The movie really ended on a high note as he died, and then followed the two amazing post credits scenes. There were two of Marvel’s trademark scenes at the end of Black Panther. The first one established the sequel and future of Black Panther in the MCU, and the second one served a wider agenda than just Black Panther. Here’s how they went.
In order to right the wrongs of T’Challa’s ancestors, T’Challa sets up a press conference at the United Nations with the help of Everett K Ross. In the press conference, T’Challa announces in front of the entire world that Wakanda will no longer operate and exist in the shadows. It will open up to the entire world, share all its knowledge, resources and the advanced technology that it possesses with the entire world.
From now on, T’Challa and the people of Wakanda will take the initiative, help one another as brothers and sisters, and turn the entire world into one tribe removing all the boundaries. The scene ends with a member of the press committee asking that what exactly can a nation of farmers share with the rest of the world, and T’Challa just gives out a little smirk!
The second post-credits scene is what pleased fans the most as we saw the return of Bucky, and it all connected to Infinity War. Bucky woke up in Wakanda from his cryosleep, and straight away we got more than a hint to his future, as he was called the White Wolf by Wakandan children. He was received by Shuri, who told him that there is a lot he has to learn from the time he was in sleep while she fixed him.
Now, Sebastian Stan has come out and revealed that there was more to it than what we just got to see. He mentioned that there were actually more interactions of Bucky and Shuri that were edited. Here’s what he said:
“There was something really actually funny about that scene. It’s definitely better the way it is now, I think. But that scene was at least 8 more minutes long than what we saw. And it was like a more inquisitive Bucky. He was kind of really going, ‘What are they calling me?’ And [Shuri] was telling him a little about it, and they have more of an interaction. And then he walked over and started hanging out with elders and playing with the kids, but you don’t see that.”
Well, it would have been amazing to see this, but since it was in the post-credits, it had to be shortened. Sebastian Stan was also asked about his supposed new alter ego, and here’s what he said:
“Now, talking about comic books and merging them with the MCU, I want to go back and revisit the Black Panther comics because of the White Wolf situation. And that’s a whole different line, so I didn’t even see that really going that way and understanding what that could be. But it’s really clever the way they do it, if you think about it. I look at that and go, ‘Of course. That makes sense, that feels well.’ I don’t know how they think about it.”
Well, Stan will be appearing at the White Wolf in Avengers: Infinity War, which open on April 27, 2018. He will be fighting alongside Cap, Hulk, Black Panther, Falcon, Black Widow etc. to defend Wakanda from Black Order and a massive army of ruthless alien invaders aka ‘The Outriders’. Thanos has entrusted Proxima Midnight (wife of Corvus Glaive) with the task to bring back Mind stone that is literally on Vision’s forehead. The entire ‘Secret Avengers’ and Black Panther’s forces are doing everything they can to guard the Infinity stone. Let’s see how that goes.
Here is the official synopsis for the Avengers Infinity War:
“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”.
“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”.
“An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe”.