A Closer Look at Black Panther
Marvel never fails to deliver, bringing our much-admired hero’s and hated villains to life on the big
screen, and Black Panther is easily the best release we’ve seen in a while. The movie delivers action
packed entertainment and touches on a few less mainstream topics.
Other than the obvious attention-grabbing fact that most of the leading cast is black, which is a big
step from the traditional already, the cast are portrayed as strong, fearless warriors out to protect a
nation and possibly the world. A long overdue representation of the world’s true diversity.
Black Panther follows the lead character T’Challa, played by Chadwick Boseman, and his alter ego
Black Panther. After the death of his father the king of Wakanda, T’Challa is faced with his family
duty to take his father’s crown and lead the city of Wakanda.
The city is a technologically advanced marvel, much like the online slots Canada has to offer, and is
built on a mountain made of vibranium, a metal with amazing power, which is what has made their
city so unique.
To protect the secret source of Wakanda’s power, the city is hidden by a force field from the outside
world, which believes it is just a primitive civilization.
The city’s secret is discovered and to protect his people T’Challa and his team of hero’s must fight to
protect the truth of what Wakanda really is.
The supporting cast played by Danai Gurira as Okoye, head of the city’s special forces, Lupita
Nyong’o as Nakia, T’Challa’s crush, and Andy Serkis as Klaue, each get their own chance to shine as
they support T’Challa in his mission.
An emotional T’Challa, still reeling from the death of his father, finds himself stuck between
preserving his father’s memory and upholding his traditions, and having to re-examine some to be
the leader he wants to be.
His internal battle rages, should he continue as his father did to protect Wakanda, or take a stand for
all African countries and thereby reveal what Wakanda truly is?
The villain Killmonger, played by Michael B. Jordan, is an impressive multi layered character plagued
by his own loss and anguish.
This puts a new spin on the traditional hero versus villain portrayal with these two lead characters
battling their inner demons and each other.
A Little Bit of Africa
Wakanda itself draws strongly from African cultures, from the citizens attire, distinctly African, to the use of Africa’s languages the producers have used a lot of inspiration from the continent.
The city of Wakanda is truly a marvel, a perfect blend of both advanced technology and ancient culture, something prevalent in the movement of Afrofuturism in cinema today.
Truth and Politics
The producers have used the opportunity to tell a truth through the Black Panther movie, highlighting current race and political struggles on an international stage.
This Marvel movie is doing more than simply providing entertainment, it is changing the face of the
The story aside, the fight scenes are riveting, the remote-controlled car chase exhilarating and the
overall graphics mind blowing.
The movie isn’t perfect, but it has set a precedent that is going to be hard to follow.