Movie Review: The Black Panther

Molly Bobik, Staff

A recent installment has been added to the Marvels Movies in their lead up to Infinity Wars. Black Panther is the newest of the out-of-this world super heros who are set to battle the all powerful Thanos this upcoming Spring.

Prince T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) was first introduced to us in Captain America: Civil War, when his father the king of Wakanda (John Kani) was killed during a meeting of the United Nations. Now, T’Challa has returned back home to Wakanda, Africa to take his father’s place as the king and the Black Panther.

The country of Wakanda may seem like a third world country to the outside, but below the surface it hides its vast amounts of high tech equipment, which can all be traced back to their endless supply of vibranium, the strongest metal on earth, which makes up the Black Panthers entire suit.

Unfortunately this is where the trouble begins. The tribe of Wakanda has hiddens its vibranium from the world for centuries, even though its unique properties could save suffering countries. Now, the differing viewpoints of how the metal should be used are beginning to show and may only be resolved one way – a battle.

One boy from Oakland, CA. especially wants to spread the vibranium, not to better the world but to avenge his father. Erik Killmonger ( Michael B. Jordan), aka T’Challa’s long lost cousin, was only a child when his father was killed by the previous king because he attempted to spread vibranium to the outside world. This scandal came as a shock to the tribe of Wakanda.

Upon Killmonger’s arrival to Wakanda, he challenged T’Challa to a dual for his throne. To the tribe’s dismay, the outsider won and received the throne and the power of the Black Panther.

This was not the end of the T’Challa, for he survived the dual and was rescued by a neighboring tribe. From there he returned to Wakanda to stop Killmonger’s dispersion of the vibranium. With the support of part of the Wakanda tribe and outside forces, T’Challa was able to defeat Killmonger and restore his power.

Now the only question is, what will T’Challa do with his precious metal?

Overall, the movie was outstanding. Black Panther was the first colored superhero to receive their own movie in the Marvels series, which added a much needed diversity to the franchise. Also, it connected more to reality than many of the other Marvel movies because it showed the culture of the tribe. Wakanda was not just this high tech world hiding under the continent of Africa,  it was a real African tribe that embraced their heritage. Lastly, Black Panther was a necessary movie for Marvels because it added to the complexity of Infinity Wars, and it filled the gap between movies to keep people hooked and their superhero need satisfied until Infinity Wars is released.