Black Panther: a revolution in superhero movies

Black Panther is now out in theaters.

Black Panther is now out in theaters.

Colt Beat, Memorial Staff Writer

The highly anticipated film “Black Panther” opened in theaters on Feb. 16. Not only is this Marvel Cinematic Universe’s 18th film, but it also showcases a different side of Marvel.

Black Panther is the first Marvel installment that features a mainly black cast, along with being set in a fictional African country, Wakanda, showcasing African tribal customs through the aesthetics of the film.

The movie, which starred Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong’o, also was directed by a black individual, Ryan Coogler.

On the premiere weekend, the film made over $218 million in box office sales, truly capturing the excellence of the motion picture and its long awaited arrival.

Without a doubt, the special effects and scenery choices are what made Black Panther stand out from past Marvel movies. The film excellently blended modern and futuristic scenes, showing the differentiation of African wardrobe from the sci-fi costumes. With the likable cast that did an exceptional job and vivid costumes, it only enriched the viewing experience.

Most notably, the movie stands out because it features a black superhero. Even before the film was released, Black Panther received positive feedback for Marvel finally showcasing a film that is “Afrocentric.”

Even though the graphics and CGI effects were phenomenal, the film lacked in the development of a storyline. From the first several minutes of watching the movie, viewers could predict major plot points very early. With action packed fight scenes and occasional humor, I was left unimpressed by the anti-climatic storyline.

Overall, I would rate the movie an 8 out of 10. I appreciated that Marvel decided to produce a movie that did not fit stereotypical superhero criteria. The film has the potential to break more records than it already has and send powerful messages.


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