“Black Panther” changes the face of Hollywood forever



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The first superhero movie of 2018, “Black Panther,” burst into theaters on Feb.16, 2018, two years after the release of “Captain America: Civil War,” when the new hero was first introduced on the big screen. The remarkable central cast of “Black Panther” includes Chadwick Boseman in the titular role of T’Challa/Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan as villain Erik Killmonger, Lupita Nyong’o as T’Challa’s lover Nakia, Danai Gurira as T’Challa’s commander Okoye, Martin Freeman as ally Everett Ross, Letita Wright as Panther’s sister Shuri and Andy Serkis as the Wakandan terrorist Ulysses Klaue.

“Black Panther” follows the story of T’Challa as he learns how to be the king of Wakanda following the death of his father, which was documented in “Civil War.” During his reign as king, a deadly adversary challenges him for the throne, which threatens disastrous outcomes.

The performances were outstanding from every actor in the film; notably, Chadwick Boseman once again kills the role of Black Panther after his first Marvel film appearance. Michael B. Jordan is astonishing as main antagonist Erik Killmonger and, like Heath Ledger’s Joker, he proves an especially dynamic villain with believable and understandable motives. Additionally, the supporting characters such as Shuri, Okoye, Nakia, Ross and Klaue are marvelous as they provide backstory for audiences to understand the main leads’ goals and overall plot.

What made Black Panther one of the most anticipated movies of 2018 is the fact that it has a massively diverse cast that has changed Hollywood casting and the direction of Marvel movies forever. “Panther” is the first superhero movie since “Blade” to have an African-American as the main protagonist. Since Black Panther has a different basic storyline than other characters like Iron Man or Captain America, it’s also important to the film industry, because, like “Wonder Woman” did for women, Black Panther inspires more diverse audiences to go see the film. Young African-American kids can look up to Black Panther and see themselves in the character: a major feat for a realm of superheroes heavily dominated by white men. Now Hollywood, through the massive success of “Black Panther,” can make more movies to have diverse casting like “Black Panther,” because of how monumental it is with the cultural impact of the film has been.

Visually, the costumes in the movie are really incredible and have remarkable small details about the fictional Wakanda’s culture, heavily based off traditional African dress. For example, Killmonger’s costume represents the colors of his character and his evil look while T’Challa’s costume represents the true colors of the Black Panther, king of Wakanda. Such attention to detail is not only influential due to its remarkable history driven cultural suggestions, but it helps the story move seamlessly.

I recommend “Black Panther” because it’s one of Marvel’s best films, has amazing action sequences, a powerful antagonist and believable methods; the film is dealing with real-world issues, has likable characters and takes both Hollywood and the MCU to exciting new heights.