I expected that going into Black Panther that I would love the movie. That cast was pure greatness and the comic book story is dope. What I didn't expect was a few characters to really steal the movie for me, and that, is a fantastic surprise. Black Panther is lit.
Letitia Wright as Shuri stole the movie for me. Someone give her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress right now because there won't be anyone the rest of the year that tops her. Quick-witted, charming, and tech-savvy, she delivers some incredibly funny one-liners. Every little girl should want to be a NASA engineer after seeing this movie. The sister-brother relationship she has with T'Challa is endearing yet believable. They play off of one another like any close siblings. We need more female roles like this.
Michael B. Jordan as the supervillain is a superb choice. He's eye candy (thanks for a hottie supervillain, Marvel) but he's also complex. His motives are understandable at best, driven by a desire to create a more just world we should all love it at worst. Can you fault him? Raise in California, he yearns to visit the magical land of Wakanda he's only ever been told stories of.
Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa/Black Panther does not disappoint. While it's exciting to see Black Panther as an Avenger, he's so much more as a stand-alone character. 2+ hours and not even a mention of that team he's a part of.
Danai Gurira’s portrayal of Okoye the general of the Dora Milaje is impressive, as well. The Dora Milaje, the female warriors devoted to protecting the Black Panther, are bad ass. Okoye and the Dora Milaje similar to the Amazons of Themyscira (from Wonder Woman) and their role in Black Panther is key. If Okoye waves that spear, watch out; she means business. Okoye is second only to Black Panther in being the best fighter in Wakanda.
We all know the cookies credits are where it's at when you have a Marvel Movie. You need to stay for both. You've been warned. You'll be so sad if you don't!
Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.
BLACK PANTHER stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, with Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis. The film is directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Jeffrey Chernov and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole wrote the screenplay.
Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER in now playing in theaters everywhere.