Film Review: "Black Panther", MCU’s newest production

Originally published 2/15/18 in Spanish on La Jornada Latina.

The MCU brings us a new adventure with “Black Panther”, the first U.S. mainstream superhero of African descent.

Being a fan of comic book movies, and in particular of Marvel movies, I couldn’t wait to see their newest production.

The film is one for all of us since there are themes we can relate to:  family, prejudices, of our parents’ errors, and much more.

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 In this image by Disney, a scene from “Black Panther” from Marvel Studios (Matt Kennedy/Marvel Studios-Disney vía AP)

In this image by Disney, a scene from “Black Panther” from Marvel Studios (Matt Kennedy/Marvel Studios-Disney vía AP)

Although Black Panther is just now receiving his own movie, 10 years after the MCU started, he’s had a long history in the world of superheroes.

Black Panther started with Marvel Comics in the 60’s by two legends:  Stan Lee & Jack Kirby.

Before Black Panther there were black superheroes, but none had super powers.

We’ve already briefly met Black Panther --who’s real name is T’Challa—in “Captain America:  Civil War”.

In this movie we get to know more about T’Challa, including his nation of Wakanda, where it is believed that it is a third-world country but in reality, is a nation rich in technological and scientific advancements.

He is king of his nation.

We get to meet his family, those closest to him and Wakanda’s nearby tribes.

We get to know his sister Shuri, who although is royalty, we learn that she is a very smart woman and helps T’Challa with the necessary tech needed to be the best Black Panther.

We meet Nakia, T’Challa’s ex, who is a spy and ends up being a warrior along the other warriors that fight with Black Panther.

We learn about the villain, Erik Killmonger, who has a history with the nation of Wakanda through his father and we discover that he is an extremely dangerous person.  For Killmonger, T’Challa’s throne is only a small part of his objective. 

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 This image by Disney shows (from left) Lupita Nyong’o, Chadwick Boseman and Danai Gurira in a scene from “Black Panther” by Marvel Studios.  (Matt Kennedy / Marvel Studios-Disney vía AP)

This image by Disney shows (from left) Lupita Nyong’o, Chadwick Boseman and Danai Gurira in a scene from “Black Panther” by Marvel Studios.  (Matt Kennedy / Marvel Studios-Disney vía AP)

In this film, all characters are important, and we give them the attention that they deserve.

After the events of “Captain America:  Civil War”, king T’Challa returns to his nation of Wakanda to serve as its new leader.

A threat comes along due to his father’s past mistakes (the deceased king T’Chaka).  This threat puts at risk T’Challa’s life and throne, as well as the nation of Wakanda and, in the end, the world.

The villian, Killmonder, wants to use Wakanda’s Vibranium -which is what Cap’s shield is made of- as weapons so that all oppressed people can put an end to decades, or centuries, of injustice and abuse of power.

In one of my favorite scenes of the film, T’Challa travels to South Korea with Nakia and one of Wakanda’s best warriors, Okoye, in search of Ulysses Klaw, someone dangerous that has information about stolen vibranium.

The scene starts at a casino and reminds us of the 007 (James Bond) movies and ends in a chase for Klaw on the streets of South Korea in a style to Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies.  It’s both spectacular & fascinating!

Finally, I want to mention how important Wakandas warriors are.

They are not secondary characters.  Here we see women who are faithful to their nation and can hold up a fight.

Whether it’s with Okoye at the beginning of the movie or with the rest of them at the end of the movie, they will not give up and demonstrate they can fight and defend themselves.

“Black Panther” must not be missed, especially if you’re a fan of superheroes, of comics or Marvel films.

“Black Panther” stars Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther/T’Challa), Michael B. Jordan (Erik Killmonger) & Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia) and is directed by Ryan Coogler.  In theaters February 16, 2018.