A decade ago, Marvel came up with a concept of making a bunch of standalone superhero movies and eventually bring these characters together to fight against a bigger threat. An idea that was hard to imagine for a normal moviegoer was taken up by the studio most efficiently and turned into reality. While watching Black Panther, you realise what exactly the studio has achieved in the last 10 years. After 17 films and over 2000 minutes of on-screen dominance by Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, Thor and a long list of other superheroes, the king of Wakanda (T’Challa) who has been an Avenger since being created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee in 1966, finally got a stand-alone movie and boy, does it take you on a joy ride!
The story revolves around an African country – Wakanda. What’s special about this place? There is a small narration at the beginning of the film which helps you get a drift. This scene is a true visual delight. Wakanda has umpteen amounts of vibranium – the strongest metal on the Earth. The entire nation is built with the help of this metal which also inspires their technology. The people of Wakanda do not want this metal to fall into the wrong hands so they have disconnected themselves from the outside world. There are moments when Wakanda reminds you of Asgard.
The story of Black Panther starts right after the events of Captain America: Civil War where King T’Chaka (John Kani) is dead and it’s time for T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) to take over the throne. T’Challa is challenged by other tribes but goes past all obstacles to become the new king of Wakanda and hence, Black Panther.
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His sister Shuri (Letita Wright) looks after the technology of Wakanda and gifts T’Challa his new Black Panther suit which will certainly make your jaws drop. This suit can do absolutely anything. It is built from vibranium, can take bullets and absorbs kinetic energy to unleash it on the opponents. With the help of this suit, T’Challa looks unbeatable till he leaves for South Korea to find Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis).
During his chase for Klaue, T’Challa comes across Erik Killmonger (Michael B Jordan) who turns out to be his real competitor. The story then revolves around these characters taking on each other for the throne of Wakanda.
Chadwick Bosman as T’Challa looks perfect. He has the class and madness that needed to play this role and shines as Black Panther. Michael B Jordan as the villain is the real surprise package of this movie and can be placed in the top bracket alongside Tom Hiddleston’s Loki.
Andy Serkis’s crazy acting makes you wonder why he has restricted himself to motion capture acting and doesn’t appear on screen more often! Martin Freeman (Agent Ross), Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Forest Whitaker (Zuri) play T’Challa’s allies and do justice to their roles.
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Ryan Coogler as the director deserves a huge round of applause. He is produced one of the best superhero movies of all time while ensuring that there is no nonsense comedy. Each character in the movie has a well-defined role and is presented with some purpose.
There are few dope action sequences in the movie, including the chase scene in South Korea that will give you goosebumps. The music is as good as it gets and is the lifeline of the film.
Now, if you haven’t watched this movie, this review ends here. But, if you have here is what you should know:
Black Panther perfectly connects the dots between other Marvel movies and Avengers: Infinity War. If you have seen the trailer of the latter closely, you would have noticed T’Challa’s army and Wakanda. The question was how do Thanos, Captain America and others end up in a nation which is hidden from the outer world! The post-credit scene in Black Panther gives you a better insight where Bucky aka Winter Soldier is in Wakanda.
All we can say is that fans will be up for something special when Avengers: Infinity Wars hits theatres later this year!