A review of Black Panther
By Matthew Perrapato, Staff Writer
Black Panther was probably my favorite introduction movie in the Marvel series yet. It was well written, and even though there was lots of new information to digest, audiences were able to infer most of what was not directly said pretty easily. The movie accomplished more than just introducing a character, even without cameos from already established characters.
Black Panther starts shortly after the events of Captain America: Civil War, where the Black Panther made his first appearance. It starts off as a movie where Prince T’Chala is trying to settle into his new role as king. He finds that there are extra challenges of trying to appease his court and tries to learn more about how his father ruled for guidance. As he learns the secrets of his father’s past, he is left with more problems, and learns of his new enemy, Killmonger, who seeks to take the throne.
The movie did a great job at both developing a backstory and developing a plot. This is a superhero that the audience had not actually seen outside of a cameo, and there was a lot that had to be explained. Black Panther has an entirely different feeling to his character since he is actually a king, and so technologically advanced he can make other Avengers’ weapons look like toys. Chadwick Boseman fits into the character extremely well and seems to make it his own just like Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans.
This movie established multiple strong, well-liked characters within their first movie. Okuye the Wakandan general tried to be a voice of reason throughout the movie. She held her own and was a strong character and advisor for T’Chala throughout the movie. T’Chala’s sister, Shuri, was a great supporting role and was pretty funny. Even Killmonger played by Michael B. Jordan felt like a strong character. He had his own story that was well developed even if the motives were simple.
Black Panther did a great job at setting up T’Chala and Wakanda’s place in the Marvel series. It did a great job at both developing characters and setting up for Avengers: Infinity War. It created characters that I personally cannot wait to see in the upcoming movies and cemented Black Panther’s place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I would give this movie a 9/10 and would definitely recommend it if you have not seen it already.