Black Panther Claws Up

Black Panther Claws Up

 

by Camille Gaston

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Much like the Vibranium that was hurled from space by a meteorite and
deposited on Wakanda, making it the most technologically advanced nation in the
Marvel Universe, the Black Panther movie hits the Hollywood landscape exactly the
same way. It’s a definite smash, and the film’s gift to Hollywood is that it stands as a
new standard of black on-screen representation.

Directed by Ryan Coogler, Black Panther tells the story of T'Challa, played by
Chadwick Boseman, who after the death of his father, returns home to the African
nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. As the new king and Black Panther, 
he is met with conflict by opposing forces that put Wakanda and the whole
world at risk. He teams up with his former girlfriend, Nakia played by Lupita Nyong’o, 
his little sister, Shuri, the Wakandan special forces, and a CIA agent to defeat the 
enemies and protect the people.In this production, Ryan presents us with fresh 
looks at strong black femalecharacters such as Shuri, whose power is being the 
smartest person in the world,played by Letitia Wright, and a woman cinematographer 
giving us the lens, RachelMorrison, who also worked with Coogler on Fruitvale Station. 
Black Panther is an action adventure that takes you on a journey where you explore 
many themes like family, love, ancestry, honor, loyalty, tragedy...you can goon and on. 
But it seems to touch on these elements flawlessly- elements whenperfectly combined, 
create that magic moviegoers naturally want to experience. Onthe talk show The View , 
Boseman expressed that “it works to have a black cast, itworks that our stories can resonate…
”Among the themes I mentioned, the prevailing message in Black Panther seems to be 
this question: How can Wakanda be so rich in resources but it allows other black people, 
in the world outside of Wakanda, suffer? This is Erik Killamonger’s thought, played by Michael B. Jordan. 
Throughout the film, othercharacters also voice political viewpoints, which sharply reflects the current 
social climate in America right now. This film will make some wonder where Africa or other continents 
with rich natural resources would have been today had they not been colonized.It’s a blatant defiance 
to the Hollywood norm, but Ryan Coogler brilliantly finds a way to tell a superhero story while making 
some strong statements. The filmultimately comes across as palpable for everyone, regardless of the race of 
the person watching the film. 
After walking out of the theater, you can’t help but feel like history 
is actually being made in Hollywood.
Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in July 1966, Black Panther 
was the first black superhero published by a major comics publisher.

Kudos to Marvel.In the following articles I will be discussing the 
film’s elements in a more in-depth look. Stay tuned!