Guys, if you haven’t seen Black Panther yet, it’s pretty good (actually excellent). If you stay until the end, there’s even a glimpse of what I’m guessing is a scene from Avengers: Infinity War…but only because Marvel has done that before (Captain America punching the bag).
I mean, sure, there aren’t any musical numbers that’ll be stuck in your head days later like if you went and saw The Greatest Showman and while Andy Serkis reprises his role, it’s not as Gollum. Not as much of a letdown as Watson running around without Holmes, but I’m hoping Marvel will bring Freeman and Cumberbatch together soon.
However, the city of Wakanda truly shines in Black Panther. Not just for it’s technological splendor, though that is something reminiscent of Blade Runner, but for the excellent way it blends the five African tribes living within the country’s border together.
Plus, we get to see the Black Panther in some pretty awesome fight scenes and with a new suit.
*Spoiler alert* apparently vibranium isn’t only good for making shields that bounce off walls and bulletproof underpants.
The movie pits the new king, T’Challa, and his country’s isolationist policies against the idea that Wakanda could and should do more.
As a hero, Black Panther fights for Wakanda, keeping it safe. But should he fight for the common good? Should Wakanda’s resources and incredible technological advances help the world? Wakanda has thrived because of it’s obscurity yet some of its denizens want to do more than watch as the outside world burns.
Instead of building a wall, T’Challa must decide if extending a hand in aid isn’t the better way.
Oh! and, obviously, there’s a villain to defeat.