Black Panther is the 18th installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Before seeing Black Panther, my expectations were high as they have been for the movies of this cinematic universe over the recent years. My expectations were met and further exceeded. Black Panther is a breath of fresh air as it delves down a more serious story arc relative to the recent MCU movies which have focused a lot of humour which is not a problem at all as it does make a movie fun and such movies have even maintained a good narrative, however, the difference here was a nice for a change.
The movie begins with a short animation explaining the history of The Black Panther and how T’challa (main protagonist) is an addition to the line of great Wakandan Heroes known as the Black Panthers succeeding his late father. It has been around 2 years since we last saw T’challa in Civil War so an action sequence-after the introductory animation-showing T’challa fighting enemies holding innocent locals hostage in his suit showed the audience again of his strength, speed and most of all intelligence. The sight of Wakanda itself is by far the most visually stunning sight in the MCU, mainly because of the advanced technology integrated into the society. It really showed and emphasized the importance and strength of the metal known as Vibranium in the MCU and gets me excited about its future uses in MCU movies to come. My favourite part of the movie was Eric Killmonger’s (main antagonist) story arc and how deeply linked it was with T’challa. Infuriated by the fact that the late King (T’challas’ father) murdered his own brother (Killmonger’s father) and abandoned Killmonger got me thinking about T’challa’s late father’s words early in the movie, that it is difficult to be a good king and a good man at the same time. This message really stuck with me throughout the movie through Killmonger’s revenge-based storyline as it showed that even someone who is looked up to and viewed as a hero can succumb to darkness in the name of justice and how one's person view of justice truly differs from another. This story arc was just so relatable in my opinion and Black Panther is at the top of my list for my favourite superhero movies of all time.
Written by Hamza Asad