How does a film depicting numerous elements of the African heritage win audiences over? How does a predominantly black ensemble portray characters in the Marvel cinematic universe with such intrigue and prowess? How can a black film that has nothing to do with slavery be receiving such enormous amount of hype and attention? How can a movie of that magnitude be even entrusted into the hands of a black director and predominantly black cast? For a movie that finally showed Africa from a beautiful point of view, with futuristic technology and a star-studded cast of artists, one can ultimately relax and get a glimpse of the marvellous continent of Africa through the spectrum of Wakanda. There were remarkable doubts that troubled the minds of many people as the Black Panther went into production. Some wondered if the stand-alone movie can even come close to the DC adaptation of Wonder Woman. Now that the Black Panther has finally been premiered internationally, and people have eventually witnessed the artistry of the crew, all the worries came flying out of the windows, and the only thing rest of the fans are waiting for, is to get in the cinemas and watch a highly anticipated movie.
The comic book adaptation is just the third feature film directed by Ryan Coogler, without counting his short films. But Black Panther has seemingly lived up to expectations and delivered as it hits the theatres this week. Without giving away any spoilers, the man who directed Creed, which was the seventh instalment of the Rocky franchise, brought a unique level of passion, attitude, and quality to the project. This in part is attributed to him being a fan of the comic books and a Black Panther superfan.
The character of the Black Panther or T’Challa played by Chadwick Boseman was introduced to the big screens in 2016, in the movie Captain America: Civil war, and he instantly established himself as a fan favourite with his captivating performance. The trailers have been out for a while, and we have seen some of the enigmatic casts that worked on the film, even Serkis could afford to forget the ring of power and explore the land of power. The concept of villain has been revolutionized with the character of Erik Killmonger, a role acted by Michael B. Jordan, who has worked with the director in his other two films. Jordan, the star of the movie Creed, was exceptional in his emotional and charismatic portrayal of the character, perhaps you might find yourself agreeing with the opinion of a villain after watching him, and it has nothing to do with his toned muscle or good looks.
Another spice that Marvel brought to the screens this time is the beautiful array of women that acted vital roles in the movie. Each one of them making a positive impact and lifting the story closer to legendary status. Of course, we all know Lupita Nyong’o who played Nakia, brings a certain level of intensity to the screen but another person that stands out is Letitia Wright, who played the role of the Wakandan princess. Her role in Wakanda has been compared to that of Q in the James Bond movies and Tony Stark in the Avengers, but to see a female and a black one at that, taking on such a role and playing it in such a sprightly and brilliant manner is quite exhilarating.