By: Carley Perkins
Black Panther is a ground breaking new type of Marvel movie that hit cinemas this month. Past Marvel movies have focused on characters from the Marvel universe that are primarily white and male. This film features mostly African American actors and focuses on many issues relevant to the world we live in today.
Spencer Munday (11) said, “I think everyone should see the movie because it’s different from a lot of other Marvel movies. The movie is set apart because it’s an all black cast – something that doesn’t happen often.”
Evelyn Colon (9) added, “Other than the fact it’s a great movie, it’s good for people especially younger kids who might not see themselves on the big screen that often.”
Black Panther features the story of T’Challa (aka the Black Panther), who has just become King of the fictional African nation of Wakanda. T’Challa becomes the King upon the death of his father, T’Chaka (aka the former Black Panther).
The movie takes place in Wakanda, which is an interesting small African nation with many different tribes and customs. It is a nation that keeps the technological advances made from mining a rare mineral, vibranium, hidden. Wakanda poses as a third world country but really it is more advanced than most modern-day countries.
T’Challa is exposed to a rare custom, which allows it’s King to drink a mixture from a heart shaped herb, which is affected by the vibranium, to gain superhuman powers. This ritual turns King T’Challa into the Black Panther.
He ultimately is challenged by the character Erik Killmonger. Without spoiling anything, it makes for an epic showdown and conclusion.
Not only are the male characters portrayed as strong and brave, the women are as well.
Colon added, “I love that women are the warriors that protect the King of Wakanda. It was good to see something different and have women shown as the one who protects the King instead of people who just take care of children.”
The movie has many relevant points to the world we live in today. It touches on misconceptions about African countries and tradition. It goes deeply into world views and our beliefs on globalism and interconnectedness. It also opens the door for people to have conversations about certain issues that need to be discussed.
Kara Cunningham (12) said, “I think unity within the black community should be talked about more. I also think race in general should be talked about more often in our school.”
If you haven’t seen the Black Panther yet , you’re definitely missing out because it’s a superhero movie unlike any other.