I try make it my mission to keep up with the Marvel films because personally I believe they’re the best superhero films out there. I completely get that they are pretty much the same story over and over again, of the Marvel universe telling a story of good vs evil and a superhero comes to save the world, usually America. Although, I have to admit this one was actually quite different from the others. There was a personal edge to the main protagonist and more to the narration. Plus, the best thing was that things weren’t so ‘good vs evil’; the ‘good’ were wrong and the ‘evil’ were born into a life knowing nothing but revenge. Additionally, ‘Black Panther’ wasn’t set in America, but instead Africa, Wakanda, Marvel’s fictional country of where technology is at an extreme height where nowhere comes near to comparison.
When the King of Wakanda is killed, seen previously in ‘Captain America: Civil War’, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) is left with the throne and the role and powers of the Black Panther. With this he comes across many conflicts, the fate of Wakanda falls into his hands where he stands strong in his father’s beliefs that his country should remain secret from the world with it’s technological powers. Will anything change his mind? With an ex-girlfriend, Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) trying to do anything to save the world. With his sister, Shuri (Letitia Wright) continuing to build the greatest of scientific developments. An old friend, W’Kabi (Daniel Kaluuya) determined in military power. With old secrets of his father coming to light and lastly a murderer finally landing on the radar once again.
Tensions rise quickly when we are thrown straight into the spectacle of action that all these films express. We quickly discover a villain in Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue, who brings a villain in Michael B. Jordan to screen too. T’Challa and his best fighters, Nakia and General Okoye (Danai Gurira), are quickly brought to mission of the capture and death of Klaue, but it’s not as easy as that. The audience, as always, fall into this action-filled world, but ‘Black Panther’ also brings some cool scientific discoveries, better than any in ‘Iron Man’ for sure. Moreover, we have the brilliant Martin Freeman making an appearance as the American CIA agent – I guess Marvel has to Americanise both of the amazing figures of ‘Sherlock’, but proudly, even with the American accents, they will always be the great British actors.
Obviously, the graphics and the acting are great, as is the action and happily quite a bit of comedy. The Princess of Wakanda, Shuri, is a brilliant character, probably one of my favourite in the film. She is hilarious with witty comments. The comedy is brilliantly done to connect to modern day, even the classic “what are those???”, honestly, I kid you not. Another character who becomes an element of comedy is M’Baku (Winston Duke), in which his brilliance of comedy is fantastic again. I would definitely recommend this film. If you are a Marvel fan then obviously you have to watch this anyway! It’s definitely a great Marvel addition, with a different edge, more to the narrative, action tension and comedy. It’s a fab film for everyone. Don’t underestimate this one just because it’s a character who hasn’t appeared as much as in all the other Avenger films.