The Marvel Cinematic Universe surely knows how to make blockbusters. Previous outings like Thor: Raganok and Guardians of the Galaxy were the result of perfecting a formula that guarantees commercial success. But Black Panther will remain an anomaly for the very reason that the movie melds fiction and reality, past and future to create a unique treat unlike any Marvel Cinematic Universe outing.
The viewers got their first glimpse of Black Panther in the movie Captain America: Civil War. This movie begins with T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) being recalled to the African Kingdom of Wakanda to be the rightful heir of the kingdom. The Kingdom of Wakanda is synonymous with abundance owing to the precious metal Vibranium and the purple flower which lends the leaders of Wakanda their superhuman powers.
Every superhero needs a supervillain. Erik Killmonger (Michael B Jordan) is a villain whose motives are beyond mere lust for power. He would easily be the strongest and most remembered villain in the Marvel Universe unless Marvel undoes itself in building a bigger sinister. Another important aspect in Black Panther is the legion of powerful women. Be it Nakia (Lupita Nyong’O), General Okoye (Danai Gurira) or Shuri (Letitia Wright), the women assert their righteous power in the movie.
Adding to the strong screenplay is the equally powerful background score, the exploration of African spirituality and the soundtrack which gives the movie its strong pro-African vibe. The significance of such a movie transcends the Marvel Universe and is sure to spark conversation around the world.