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‘Black Panther’ enchants viewers with representation and action

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Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) fight for the throne of Wakanda.

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Black Panther, a fantasy/sci-fi superhero film produced by Marvel Studios, marks the return of the character with the same name after his debut in Captain America: Civil War.

Black Panther dishes out more information about the former prince turned king, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman). After his father’s demise, his glorious return to the fictional nation of Wakanda is short lived when T’Challa’s old nemesis, Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan), tests T’Challa’s crown, the fate of Wakanda, and the whole world.

The cast of the film adds more flavor to the plot and play their parts greatly. With Boseman reprising his role, he portrays his character quite well yet again, using a thick Wakandan accent to blend in with Wakanda’s citizens. He really makes T’Challa’s struggles as the new king and with his enemies very believable. Jordan plays by far one of the best Marvel Cinematic Universe villains, since his motivations are complex and his plans for Wakanda and the world come from a place of years of hurt. Killmonger is meant to be seen as a sympathetic individual who aims to achieve things with devious methods, while confusing his intentions with his personal ambitions that make the viewer question as to whether or not he really is a “villain.”

 Ryan Coogler, well known for directing “Creed,” captures vital scenes spectacularly, using little to no cuts during fight scenes, which also goes to show that the actors and actresses rarely needed any stunt doubles. In addition, Coogler uses great panoramic shots to capture bigger fight scenes, and to encapture the different environments around the characters.

Black Panther is one of two black Marvel superhero movies in existence to this day, the other being Blade. The film is very well received by audiences who have been seeking a“new” take on the superhero films. In addition, Black Panther reinforces Pan Africanism,  a worldwide intellectual movement that aims to encourage and strengthen bonds of solidarity between all people of African descent, and is very unique in this movie genre, one of a kind as a matter of fact. Even though the cast is well respectable in their roles, the pacing and placement of events during the film aren’t the best. There are certain scenes in the film that either feel out of place or lack a plot device or piece, which can take away from the action for a brief moment for some viewers. Regardless of this flaw Black Panther is a great addition to the MCU and hardcore Marvel fans can look forward to seeing aspects of Black Panther in the next installment of the MCU, “Avengers: Infinity War.”

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