By Gavin Doyle
Marvel’s latest film, Black Panther, was incredible! I can easily confirm that this new film is in my top 3 Marvel movies of all time. Black Panther delights with a fast paced story, strong leading characters–of both genders, and incredible visuals.
The third feature from director Ryan Coogler, who brought us Creed and Fruitvale Station, is surprisingly fresh for being Marvel Studios’ 18th film. The movie takes places largely in the mythical African country of Wakanda. The country is built on a bed of the rarest metal on earth. The metal allowed for the Wakandan people to make advancements in technology that improved all aspects of life.
Our story revolves around the struggle for the thrown between T’Challa, the man we know as the Black Panther from Captain America: Civil War, and Killmonger. Part of the success of the story comes from Killmonger, who at first glance seems a brutal villain, having a clear motivation to right former injustices of slavery that we can connect with. While we may not agree with his way of going about it, this conflict and our understanding makes Black Panther a lot more than a good versus evil superhero film a la Captain America fighting Nazis.
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