Black Panther made his first appearance on Captain America: Civil War, where he spent his time throughout the movie chasing Winter Soldier, the man he thought is responsible for the explosion that caused his father’s death. His appearance was well-received that many people were eagerly asking and waiting for his standalone movie. Two years later, their wish came true. Marvel released Black Panther in February 2018 worldwide.
Black Panther is arguably a worldwide cultural phenomenon, with it being the first big-budgeted Marvel movie with a black lead and the first Marvel movie with a predominantly black cast. After its release, it received massive success on the box office and glowing acclaims from the critics. It even snagged a nominee on Academy Award for Best Picture, with it being the first Marvel film to do.
Black Panther tells a story of T’Challa, or Black Panther, who has to assume the throne as king of Wakanda. Meanwhile, Erik “Killmonger” Stevens, with his collaborator Klause, an arm-dealer who has a dark past with the royal family, tries to steal a Wakandan artifact from a museum in London. W’Kabi, T’Challa’s friend, informs T’Challa about this incident and suggest for Klause to be brought to the kingdom. During T’Challa’s encounter with Klause in Busan, he sees Stevens for the first time and senses that Stevens might have ties with Wakanda.
To say that Black Panther is an ordinary comic book movie is arguably wrong. Directed by Ryan Coogler, the director of Creed and Fruitvale Station, Black Panther is a visual delight with enchanting music, costume design, and production. We see Wakanda for the first time, presented with a mix of technological advancement and unspoiled nature, an enchanting new world to see. The movie indulges its viewer with shots of magical sceneries of green plains, majestic waterfall, and tribal architectures with a modern twist. Moreover, the costume designers of Black Panther have done an outstanding job with imaginative, but still faithful adaptations of traditional African garments, worn by the main characters and people of Wakanda. The music enhances the viewing experience; its score, composed by Ludwig Göransson, amplifies the pivotal points in the storyline while its soundtrack, produced by Kendrick Lamar, is an essential element for the movie’s narrative.
All these achievements in the production are also accompanied by the great work of the movie’s ensemble cast. Chadwick Boseman, who plays as T’Challa, embodies his role like no other, with his enchanting poise and regal aura. Michael B. Jordan, who plays Killmonger, is a perfect match for this role, with his great control and terrifying spirit in playing the indignant villain. Other supporting actors, such as Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, and Daniel Kaluuya did stunning work in their supporting roles. Their work is acknowledged by their historic win on the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Cast.
Black Panther should not be put in a box of good comic book films. It is a spectacle, setting up a new standard for the industry on how superhero movies should strive. It also disapproves of the statement that diversity does not sell, with its massive success on all fronts. It is also, more importantly, super fun and exciting movie to watch.