'Black Panther' Review: Wakanda (and Ryan Coogler) Forever

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The first reviews are in and critics are going insane for Black Panther.

"When Black Panther works, it's thrillingly alive". Ryan Coogler gets those moments out of Black Panther, and the rest of the Marvel formula remains intact. It always seemed counterintuitive that the same sprawling cinematic realm that (along with DC) so readily welcomed creatures blue and green, Ant-Men and Wolverines, took so long to put a black superhero at the center of the screen.

As far as landmark superhero movies for underrepresented groups go, I don't think Black Panther has anything as monumental as Wonder Woman's No Man's Land sequence where she defies the patriarchy and introduces herself on the battlefield. While ultimately an action-adventure, "Black Panther" also serves as an intelligent if broad debate between revolutionary rhetoric and the responsibilities of leadership.

T'Challa (Boseman) returns to grief-stricken Wakanda - a pacifist, technologically advanced society "hidden in plain view" - following the murder of his father, King T'Chaka (Kani), in a terrorist bombing.

In his highly-anticipated solo movie, Black Panther will battle with Michael B. Jordan's Erik Killmonger for the throne of Wakanda. In "Black Panther", Coogler proves he is more than up for the challenge, evident by his robust screenplay that showcases a deep list of fascinating personas, making each of them stand out in their own unique ways. From the regal, intimidating uniforms of the all-female warrior clan known as the Dora Milaje, to the gorgeous gold-and-leather outfits donned by Lupita Nyong'o's Nakia, to the breathtaking headpieces that showcase Angela Bassett's regal hauteur, Carter has served looks that are instantly iconic.

Any quibbles I have are just Marvel being Marvel. It would only make sense to bring in a Shuri movie at this point.

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"Don't you just want to play a character where you lay on the sofa and do nothing at all?"

"I was so proud to have my daughter and my son there last night, because in their faces, in their spirit, they were feeling themselves". And his reasons were so pure and meaningful to me that I wanted to see the response from the public.

About his character the actor says, "He is a leader and also a superhero". Quite frankly, the experience is indescribable. The king is bequeathed enhanced strength, speed and agility through a special heart-shaped herb, and gets a cool panther-themed, bulletproof bodysuit and a cadre of royal bodyguards led by Okoye (Danai Gurira, making her Michonne from "The Walking Dead" look like a walking wimp).

Aiding and abetting this risky ploy is Erik Killmonger (a beyond-charismatic Michael B. Jordan of Creed), an ex-US military agent who knows more than he is letting on about the mystical Wakandan way of life.

Actors Lupita Nyong'o, Michael B. Jordan, and Chadwick Boseman attend the Marvel Studios' em Black Panther /em Global Junket Press Conference on January 30, 2018 at Montage Beverly Hills in Beverly Hills, California.

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