Whether you’re a Marvel or DC fan, you have to admit, “Black Panther” is incredible. In fact, it’s so incredible that it’s earned $476.6 million so far. If you’re not convinced of its glory, either you haven’t seen it, or you were clearly doing something other than watching the screen with your movie date. To save you from your ignorance, the Clog has compiled a few reasons as to why it’s the best Marvel movie ever.
As opposed to its other superhero movies, Marvel actually included a strong group of women in this one. Before “Black Panther,” Marvel movies included one or two strong female characters — basically doing the bare minimum. This time, there’s an entire army of woman warriors working to protect Wakanda. Not to mention, Okoye (Danai Gurira) serves as the head general, adding more female force to a genre largely centered on masculinity.
Incredibly good-looking people
It’s not even funny how good-looking everyone in the movie is. Plus, there are several scenes in which T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) and Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) are shirtless. Lucky us. Honestly, the entire cast is beautiful, besides maybe Andy Serkis, but he’s supposed to be scary.
Michael B. Jordan
Speaking of incredibly good-looking people, Michael B. Jordan plays Erik Killmonger, T’Challa’s bloodthirsty cousin. In all reality, the aggression and power trip of his character is immediately forgivable because he’s so nice to look at. Hopefully, we can expect to see him shirtless in many films to come.
There are rhinos and people ride them like horses! The rhinos are trained and controlled by W’Kabi, played by Daniel Kaluuya, also known for his leading role in “Get Out.” In the big battle scene, W’Kabi calls his rhinos out and madness ensues. I mean really, what could be cooler than a bunch of soldiers riding into battle on rhinos?
The first and last live-action shots of the movie take place right next door in Oakland. This shout out to the Bay may make this argument a little biased, but who cares — it’s cool.
The comic relief character is female
Girls can be funny! And smart! What a crazy idea! That’s right, the hybrid funny-nerdy character present in most popular movies is played by a girl this time. T’Challa’s little sister Shuri (Letitia Wright) is both incredibly smart and hilarious, adding an extra layer of humor and equality.
Although the focus is obviously on the protagonist, the script does an excellent job of developing all of the characters. We get personal information about every character organically, so that all of their actions are clearly motivated.
For now, “Black Panther” is the best movie Marvel has produced, but who knows what the future holds? Maybe it will continue to represent marginalized groups and provide narratives for people other than young white men. Who knows?
If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to check it out as soon as possible.
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