Disney/Marvel’s highly anticipated new addition to the MCU has premiered in Los Angeles and initial reviews from fans and critics alike are calling it one of the best entries in the film series to date. Not only is it being touted as an excellent addition to MCU cannon, the representation for young people in the black community is finally realized in a cinematic universe badly in need of diversity.
The country of Wakanda is fully fleshed out, and presented as a rich location with an equally rich cultural history that is brand new to many casual comic fans. It is a visually stunning location that adds character to the movie as much as the heroes and villains themselves. Fans should be pleased with getting a much more expanded view of it than what was presented during T’Challa’s more limited screen time in Civil War.
And because everybody loves a good villain, initial impressions of Killmonger, played by Michael B. Jordan has complexity and emotional depth. Often villains of the comic book world are bad because every hero needs someone to fight. Jordan’s performance brings more to the table, and plays beautifully against Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther. Fans of the MCU were already impressed by his performance in Civil War, and he was widely praised as one of the favorite newcomers to the film series.
Attendees to the LA premiere were not permitted to give away details of the plot once the movie was over, but they did take to Twitter to sing the film’s early praises. Disney’s embargo on the film will lift on February 6, so more details are forthcoming, but nothing stopped guests and critics from sharing their initial reactions. Many are praising it for being a movie that represents blackness and identity when it is badly needed in the film industry.
Although the many of the details are still forthcoming, fans are hoping that the film lives up to the hype and it sounds like, based on these early reviews, it will do just that! Black Panther releases nationwide on February 16th.
When people look at the upcoming Black Panther film, they are going to see many elements of the film that take it to supernatural, political, and even espionage levels. However, there is going to be one element that grounds it to the real world. This element is going to be the film’s villain, Killmonger. Killmonger has been designed as a character in the film who has real world sensibilities. Therefore, he might actually be easy to relate to as a character. Even in the trailers he is shown to be a rather sympathetic human being.
Michael B. Jordan has compared the relationship of Black Panther and Killmonger to that of Xavier and Magneto. They both are affected by the same issue, but they have different approaches to the problem. They don’t agree with one another when it comes to the approach. One thing that can be said for Xavier and Magneto is that while they may not totally agree with each other, they do share a common issue. There is always the hope that they will come to work together again. Fortunately, Michael B. Jordan will play that role. However, there is one thing that Ryan Coogler has said about the villain that may suggest that the audience is in for a trip.
One thing that was stated is that Black Panther will unleash a powerful and disturbing villain. Most likely this is talking about Killmonger. However, the MCU is filled with villains that can branch into other films. After all, Avengers 3 shows Thanos, the powerful and disturbing villain in the Marvel Universe. Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 is going to be the one film that is going to make tons of changes in the MCU. The next few films are going to set the stage for a vastly different universe which a bunch of new iconic characters. Meanwhile, some of the old characters that survive the next two Avengers movies are going to make appearances.
Marvel’s Black Panther is shaping up to be the biggest blockbuster of 2018. With a Release date of February 16th fans are clamoring for more sneak peeks. The latest trailer aired during the National Championship Game in Atlanta and fans were buzzing with delight. The visuals, the action, and the music all combined in an explosive trailer titled “first look.” If you missed it, you can watch here: https://www.polygon.com/2017/10/16/16465970/black-panther-trailer-michael-b-jordan
Kendrick Lamar played a halftime set just before the trailer premiered. During his set he featured the song “All stars” from the Black Panther soundtrack. Last year Kendrick hinted at his involvement with the movie and after his spectacular halftime set he said, “This is TDE… Black Panther” before walking off the stage.
Perhaps the best part of the Black Panther trailer, aside from the stunning visuals and soundtrack, is that it does not give the entire plot away. We know that Black Panther shows the story of T’Challa after Captain America: Civil War. T’Challa returns home to his African Nation to take his rightful place as the king. We know that an old enemy reappears, and we know that there are some serious technological advances there, but the trailer keeps a lid on any important plot points in the movie. A bonus for movie goers who want to be thrilled and surprised.
The suspense is a breath of fresh air after The Amazing Spider-Man packed its trailers with over 20-minutes of actual movie footage, making it possible to watch the entire movie recap just by browsing the preview trailers. http://www.slashfilm.com/watch-25minute-cut-the-amazing-spiderman-courtesy-sonys-marketing-materials/
Marvel movies have been hit or miss over the last few years with movies like Iron Man 3 and Avengers: Age of Ultron debuting to lukewarm reviews at best, but fans will be elated to know that Marvel has redeemed itself with what is shaping up to be the biggest blockbuster this year. Tickets are already selling fast at some theaters, with The Alamo Drafthouse in New York City stating it is their “fastest selling non-Star Wars movie so far.”
Ryan Coogler, the director of the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe film Black Panther, says that the movie’s villain has a “grounded” sensibility that will differentiate him from most of the franchise’s bad guys.
The title character of Black Panther is T’Challa, the king of the fictional African nation of Wakanda, whose rulers traditionally use the mantle to protect their country. Wakanda is an isolationist society with advanced technology, which they have achieved due to the presence of the rare and powerful metal vibranium. (Fans will recall that that’s also the substance used to make Captain America’s invincible shield.) In the film, T’Challa decides to open up relations with the wider world, with his adversary Killmonger opposing it.
Trailers have made it clear that Killmonger will put on a set of armor similar to T’Challa’s and fight him in the identity of the Golden Jaguar. To many, this feels like a typical example of what has been called the MCU Villain Problem: the antagonists are always just an eviler version of the hero, and generally not very developed as a character. Coogler, however, says that they want to avoid the formula (or perhaps, use it better than most of the other films).
“He’s a character that I think will feel very familiar to audiences,” he said. “I think Marvel has had villains who you can relate to, but I think even more than that, you feel like he’s of this world. He’s very grounded, I would say.”
As in the comic books, the movie version of Killmonger seems to be opposed to any Western influences in Wakanda, and naturally reacts strongly to the idea of T’Challa opening up the country to his Avenger friends. Indeed, this does echo many real world conflicts that have existed, especially in post-colonial circumstances (which technically do not apply to Wakanda, but whatever). Perhaps it could even be topical today, when people on the far edges of the political spectrum seem intent to separate everyone based on ethnicity and culture.
Will Killmonger prove to be one of the better MCU antagonists? For now, we will have to wait and see when Black Panther comes out in theaters on February 16, 2018.
One actor has expressed his excitement for the upcoming comic book film based on the iconic Black Panther. One thing that Stirling K. Brown has said about the film is that it ‘is history’. One thing that this means is that it is a pivotal point in films, especially when it comes to the black community. In Hollywood, there has been very little in representation of the black community. Any film that has been made for and about the black community has always shown one side of the community. It has not been a flattering side of the community as well. It had a slight effect on how blacks related to the world and each other.
Ryan Coogler has taken on the responsibility of adapting Black Panther to the big screen. When people watch a trailer or any clip from the upcoming MCU movie, they will notice quite a few things. One thing that they will notice is that the characters, mainly black, are presented in a way that is a lot different than what has been the usual case for years. While there have been black superheroes in the past, they were either the only prominent black person on the screen or they were still surrounded by black people who were represented in a way that did not flatter them.
Black Panther is set to release in February 16 and it is expected to be the same kind of pivotal film for the black community that Wonder Woman was for women. Ryan Cooglar has focused on telling a good story that is representative of the comic books. He wanted to bring something unique to the black community that is empowering.
If Black Panther is a success, then it is likely that the film and the character may become a symbol of empowerment for the black community. This may also open the door for similar types of movies with characters being presented in a similar fashion. This would be one of the most exciting times for a comic book movie fan.