As the latest entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Panther has the legacy of a decade’s worth of movies to measure up against. At this point, the big question for any new MCU release is whether or not this movie is up to scratch. Will this be the movie where Marvel finally makes a mistake? Or will the movie earn its place among the greats?
Black Panther is the first film in the MCU with a black superhero at the helm. The Wakandan king joins an alumni of established black superheroes that includes the likes of War Machine, Falcon, and Luke Cage. It has also been twenty years since Wesley Snipes cut a bloody trail for Marvel as Blade.
From here on in, there may be spoilers involved. If you’re not up to date on the MCU, you might want to catch up now.
When we last saw T’Challa in Captain America: Civil War, he was seeking vengeance for the death of his father. By the end of his quest, he has brought Baron Zemo to justice and offered sanctuary to Bucky Barnes. The film picks up right after the events of Civil War.
As with previous MCU offerings, audience members have come to expect a well-polished blend of action, humour, and heart. Black Panther certainly delivers where it counts. It looks and feels every bit as good as any other MCU movie.
This film also offers a different take to the other Marvel offerings. This superhero is not like the others. T’Challa is not just a man on a mission for justice, he is also the ruler of a whole country that sometimes needs its King more than it needs a hero.
As every superhero movie needs a hero, it also needs a villain. Marvel fans will recognise Ulysses Klaue (Klaw) from his last appearance, while Killmonger is new to the franchise. Both villains give the hero/King someone to fight, while also offering an alternative viewpoint to consider.
It also cannot be overstated that this movie looks AMAZING! The production team have taken cues from various African cultures, from fighting styles to art. Black Panther blends all of these elements together with advanced technology to achieve its own striking style. Every Wakandan location from the throne room to the lab and beyond shows off the sleek design aesthetic. Everything is just gorgeous to look at, especially if you can focus on some the details. You might want to watch it a second time to appreciate all of the details.
Black Panther could very well become a new fan favourite movie in the MCU. There’s a smattering of talent with a visually impressive backdrop. Everyone should go see this movie, fan or non-fan. It is a sight not to be missed.
Black Panther is playing in Australian cinemas now.