‘Black Panther’ pounces into spotlight

Written by Dylan Lockwood

Black Panther” is the most recent addition to the Marvel Studios lineup, which will be followed by “Avengers: Infinity War” in just a few short months.

In “Black Panther,” we meet the soon-to-be King T’Challa, and the country where he comes from, Wakanda. Throughout the movie, T’Challa is forced to prove his abilities and if he is worthy to sit on Wakanda’s throne. After his father died during the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” T’Challa dons the mantle of the Black Panther – a hero powered by Wakanda’s panther god, and their brilliant technology. Historically, the Black Panther uses his powers to protect Wakanda but, like in “Civil War,” this movie takes the Panther to new places where he must face new enemies and old enemies alike. And when a horrible event is made clear to him, T’Challa is forced to deal with an enemy that threatens Wakanda’s very way of life.

“Black Panther” handles the tone and content of the film exceptionally well, keeping the tone light without shirking its responsibility to tell a good and meaningful story. This movie is truly a fantastic addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, showing both beautiful direction and outstanding acting from the entire cast. There is so much fun to be had in throughout the whole thing, with some especially exciting action sequences that I really enjoyed. I thought that the relationships that get explored throughout the film were really interesting, and, without giving too much away, there is a familial depth that I don’t think we’ve really seen from a Marvel movie before. T’Challa’s relationship with his sister and mother were especially well developed, and I think their inclusion in the film really helped to ground it in a way that almost makes the story real. I really think you’ll walk away with a good message, and continued excitement for the MCU as it grows. Personally, I can’t wait to see more from this story!

“Black Panther” is directed by Ryan Coogler, who you may remember directed “Creed” in 2015. “Black Panther” stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa and the Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye alongside many other fantastic supporting actors.

I highly recommend seeing “Black Panther” in theaters.

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