By Joanne Rosa
The internet hasn’t stopped buzzing about Marvel’s newest groundbreaking film “Black Panther.” After seeing it first hand, we have to agree with everyone else on this one.
Marvel readers’ first look at “Black Panther” was during the heat of the civil rights movement in 1966 within the “Fantastic Four” comic series. This is a little over a year after Malcom X’s assassination on February 21, 1965. Coincidence? Maybe. The Black Panther Party was highly influenced by Malcolm X. However, the “Black Panther” character materialized prior to the Black Panther Party. The “Black Panther” comic series made its official debut in 1973.
Fast Forward to 2018, when viewers all over the world get to see the revolutionary “Blank Panther” on the big screen. The movie features a primarily black cast, black writers, and a black director. Director Ryan Coogler has managed to break records before the movie was even released.
CBS News reported that “advance ticket sales for [‘Black Panther’] on Fandango have outpaced all other superhero movies.” More than anything, Coogler shared that his first priority was for the film to work as a good movie. He traveled to Africa to learn more about his roots and culture. “As an African-American man, I know that my heritage is from this continent… this film gave me an opportunity to travel to the continent and visit several countries there and talk to folks.”
The cast of “Black Panther” is fire. When you have lead actors like Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Forest Whitaker, Daniel Kaluuya, and Sterling K. Brown, you know the film is going to kill it on the big screen. But first, can we talk about the ladies?
The girl power in “Black Panther” is real.
Lupita Nyong’o is Chadwick Boseman’s love interest, but more than anything she is an advocate for the people of Wakanda.
Actress Danai Gurira, best known for her role in “The Walking Dead,” was a true warrior in “Black Panther.” She defended Wakanda from threats through the help of her all female army. She has muscles in places we didn’t even know you could have muscles.
Angela Bassett plays the mother of of Chadwick Boseman. We already know that Bassett hasn’t aged in decades, but “Black Panther” has to be some of her best acting. She grew a special bond with her on screen daughter Letitia Wright. “Letitia Wright and I formed a very beautiful bond. She is a lovely young woman, who is full of fieriness, sass, humor and openness. I had a wonderful experience with her and just drew her close to me. We talked and learned from each other.”
Letitia Wright is one of the leaders of technology in the advanced country of Wakanda. She develops Black Panther’s suit, gadgets, and a majority of the futuristic technology that is embedded into Wakanda’s culture. The females are a big part of why this film will be such a success.
Back to “Black Panther”‘s storyline. This is an action packed film that takes place in present day after prince T’Challa’s (Chadwick Boseman) father dies. T’Challa is the Black Panther. It is his duty to not only continue being the Black Panther, but also to fulfill his role as the new King of Wakanda. Wakanda is a country that has avoided foreign trade and invasion for centuries. Little does the rest of the world know that Wakanda harvests the world’s strongest metal vibranium, which is also the reason for Wakanda’s highly developed culture.
If the cast, the story, and special effects weren’t enough to make you want to see “Black Panther” ASAP, the soundtrack tells a whole other story. The album primarily features Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, and SZA, with some songs featuring 2 Chainz, Swae Lee, Travis Scott, and more. If you want to take a glimpse into the soundtrack, “All the Stars” by Kendrick Lamar and SZA has been playing on repeat in the Wendy office for about a week straight.
Like Wakanda, Marvel’s “Black Panther” is a step towards a better future. While theaters across the world are sold out, “Black Panther” is worth whatever wait you may have. Get pumped; tickets are available today!