Saturday, February 17, 2018

Film Editorial: Black Panther

The revolution will not be televised.

Wakanda becomes the center of the world in Marvel's latest origin film, Black Panther. The film takes place shortly after the event of Captain America: Civil War. T'Challa is Wakandan prince who is expected to assume the role of King of Wakanda, as well as Black Panther, after the death of his father, T'Chaka. 

In Wakanda,a fictional African nation, the Black Panther is a special role granted to the king. He is the defender of Wakanda and is granted incredible powers introduced thousands of years ago after the discovery of vibranium, the strongest material in the universe. There have been numerous Black Panthers over the course of many years. Wakanda has made it their business to keep the vibranium and the technology derived from the incredible material to itself, as a method of keeping Wakanda safe.

However, it won't be a cakewalk to the crown for T'Challa, as Erik Killmonger, a sociopathic genius, with mysterious ties to Wakanda is making his case for the crown as well.

Overall, I felt this film was incredible, but fell just a nose hair short of expectations. This is typical for origin films as they are often forced to develop multiple characters, and tell a story, in a short amount of time. 

There are a few themes and messages you can take from this film, however I'll leave the interpretations up to you. -EE

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