BLACK PANTHER Gets So Much Right, and One Crucial Thing Wrong

Spoken in a mystical dream, these words resonate across Ryan Coogler's splendid Black Panther, the MCU's 18th movie - and its first one centred on a superhero of African origin.

PLOT Superhero king of high-tech African nation fights usurper.

And then there's the sinewy Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan), an American veteran who is insane about Wakanda, Wakandans, and the new King T'Challa.

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The question of whether this isolationist nation should prioritise protecting its people above all else, or reach out to those less fortunate, is dealt with thoughtfully by Coogler and co-writer Joe Robert Cole, who position the conundrums within the context of real history.

MACCLID is a partner of the Victory Over Violence campaign. The events of that film would lead up to the Wakandian king's standalone film, Black Panther.

"There's no mistaking you're still in the Marvel universe here, but this entry sweeps you off to a part of it you've never seen: a hidden lost world in Africa defined by royal traditions and technological wonders that open up refreshing new dramatic, visual and casting possibilities", writes The Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy in his review. The intriguing thing about Black Panther is that it doesn't look like a superhero film - more a wide-eyed fantasy romance: "exciting, subversive and amusing".

So it seems that Black Panther is another reliably solid entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So let's get down to the hotness that is Marvel's Black Panther, shall we? "Like Taika Waititi before him, Ryan Coogler gives the Marvel template a bold auterist twist with an African extravaganza that packs a muscular intensity and challenges as much as it exhilarates". "So you don't feel like you're just playing a guy in a suit; you're playing a conflicted, well-rounded character", Boseman said.

Most of these sentiments are echoed by IGN's review of Black Panther, with similar emphasis placed upon the film's thematic strengths, as well as the cast's (notably Michael B. Jordan as the American Erik Killmonger) ability to bring the movie to life. After a brief glimpse in the Civil War post-credits, we finally get to see the kingdom in all its glory; a wondrous, Afrofuturist land of technology and rich, unhindered culture thriving in modern times, though kept secret from the world. She steals damn near every scene in the film, and I'm 110% confident that audiences will walk away talking about Shuri long after the film ends. I'd have liked even more of Daniel Kaluuya as T'Challa's unsteady ally, but his last moment onscreen is a delight.

Marvel Studios' Black Panther opens in US theaters on February 16, 2018.

Aiding and abetting this unsafe ploy is Erik Killmonger (a beyond-charismatic Michael B. Jordan of Creed), an ex-US military agent who knows more than he is letting on about the mystical Wakandan way of life.

  • Kyle Peterson