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Friday, February 23, 2018

A First Impressions Review of Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Spoiler Free

Marvel Studios
It’s been a long time since I’ve gone into to a movie that was extremely hyped up and walked away completely satisfied with what I saw. Black Panther not only met but also exceeded every bit of that hype. I went in expecting to watch one of the best Marvel movies to date, and that was exactly what I got. This movie was done extremely well and I don’t think I could have asked for much more than what we got.

        One of the most interesting parts of the movie was all of the culture and traditions they brought into the movie. It wasn’t like they just decided to choose Wakanda as a setting and everything that happened had nothing to do with where they were at. Every creative decision was built around the Wakandan culture, traditions, and values. It repeatedly plays a huge factor in everything that happens. The creators managed to develop an entire civilization with their own language, rituals, ideologies, fashion, etc. It was just so amazing seeing it all come together with the way that it did and a lot of it had nothing to do with the advanced technology; it was all about them staying true to the core values and traditions they had. Regardless of how advanced they were and have been for a long time, they've always chosen to continue doing things the way their country has always done it.
          How they went about doing all of that also played a role in how far it stood apart from the rest of the Marvel universe. I totally felt like I was watching a Marvel movie, but it reminded me of how I felt when I was watching Captain America: The First Avenger. It was set way before any of the current events of the MCU, so it was really set apart from everything else that was going on. Black Panther managed to do that as well because of how cut-off from the rest of the world Wakanda is and how the entire story was based around what was going on with them and not much to do with what the Avengers were doing, or where Thanos was at. If someone had never seen any of the other Marvel movies, they could easily watch this without feeling like something is missing.
          As a writer myself, I also thoroughly enjoyed how well done each character was. T’Challa was written very well as being a character that lived his entire life as a prince with the utmost respect for his father, but suddenly became a king that wasn’t entirely ready. It wasn't done in a stereotypical way either, he’s not running around trying to figure out how his country works because he’s spent his whole life playing “son of the king” that gets away with everything. He’s trained, disciplined, and knows a lot of what he needs to know about running his country. It ends up being more so about him taking on the weight of being king and actually being the one making decisions on where to lead his country without his father to guide him anymore. Add to it, the writers made sure to put just as much work into everyone else.
          They made T’Challa’s royal guard some of the strongest female characters I’ve ever seen and managed to do it in their own way so that it didn’t completely mimic Wonder Woman and the Amazonians. Every time they were on screen they just gave off the most badass vibe, especially during their fight scenes, and I can’t help but be impressed by how well they were done. T'Challa and his guards worked together like several distinct pieces to a puzzle. I didn’t really care much for Klaue, his character was done well, but I didn’t really like the way his prosthetic arm looked. Thinking about some of the technology that the world is supposed to have, along with bucky having a badass robot arm himself, made Klaue’s prosthetic seem poorly done. But ultimately, it was a really small detail that didn’t have any effect on how I felt about the movie as a whole.
          What did have a huge effect on how I felt about the movie was Michael B. Jordan's character, Killmonger. I won’t spoil anything, but his character might have been my favorite just because of how well it showed what kind of effect the world can have on a young kid. He goes through this tragedy that really sets a course for his entire life. He dedicates everything he does to this single goal, and he just seemed like a very different kind of antagonist than what we're used to seeing. He reminds me of the way Magneto has always seemed. A bad guy that’s loyal to a specific group of people, and it almost makes him seem like he’s not actually the bad guy. When you see the movie, you’ll know exactly what I mean.

          If there's anything else you wanna know, you’ll just have to go and see the movie yourself. All I can say at this point is that again, it was an amazing movie and I'm really excited to see Black Panther again in Infinity War. I’m also really hoping to see them give Black Panther his own series like they have for everyone else and don't see any reason why they wouldn't but, only time will tell with that.

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Written By, Tristan Dillon 
Edited By, Jack Flowers

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