‘Black Panther’: Could this be Marvel’s greatest installment to date?

‘Black Panther’: Could this be Marvel’s greatest installment to date?

“Black Panther” hits in theaters this week with huge expectations from moviegoers, from its positioning as Marvel’s first movie starring a predominantly black cast to the studio’s most anticipated setup for this summer’s “Avengers: Infinity War.” (Sorry, “Ant Man and the Wasp.”) And that’s not even considering the ever-present pressure to rake it in at the box office, lest anything less than a $1 billion haul over its theatrical run send studio executives scurrying for…

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Black Panther pounces onto Marvel’s top tier

Black Panther pounces onto Marvel’s top tier

Prior to the appearance of Black Panther, black superheroes have made it to the screen in the past, but seeing the collective weight of Marvel/Disney thrown behind a smash hit like this still feels like a cultural watershed, one that the film exuberantly embraces. Boasting the probably most impressive supporting characters yet among Marvel titles, director Ryan Coogler’s visually stunning movie should transform a lesser-known comic-book hero into a household name. Even though they stem…

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Black Panther: Marvel’s Latest Feature is a Win for me!

Black Panther: Marvel’s Latest Feature is a Win for me!

Black Panther: Marvel’s Latest Feature is a Win for me! I have never felt the way I feel right now after coming out of a film before. Black Panther was so much more than I expected it would be. As a Black woman who has loved film her entire life, I know how much representation matters and I’ve never seen a movie on the scale of Black Panther. I knew going in that the film is a Marvel…

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Black Panther claws out a whole new level for superhero flicks

Black Panther claws out a whole new level for superhero flicks

This is a major and impressive change of focus in the MCU. Black Panther avoids many of the cliché plot devices, archetypes and formulas of standard comic book blockbusters. Calling a moratorium on planet-devastating villains, maverick heroes, romance-free story lines and people of color exclusively viewed as sidekicks, this well crafted stand-alone takes viewers on a voyage of discovery. While it doesn’t arrive at the promised land of cinema excellence pledged by its massive pre-release…

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Black Panther: Rather than Marvelous, The Film is just Meh

Black Panther: Rather than Marvelous, The Film is just Meh

Black Panther – The Marvel movie made by black talent takes itself too seriously. Black Panther arrives with all the critics displaying superhero-sized goodwill for its very existence. It’s a big budget mainstream Marvel movie that not only features a nearly all-black cast, but it also has an African-American writer director (Ryan Coogler) and co-screenwriter (Joe Robert Cole). And the film was captured by Rachel Morrison, tipped to become the first woman ever to win the best director…

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Black Panther – Marvel monster hit might not change the world, but it could undoubtedly change the film industry!

Black Panther  – Marvel monster hit might not change the world, but it could undoubtedly change the film industry!

Black Panther  – Marvel monster hit might not change the world, but it could undoubtedly change the film industry! It’s a shame, in a way, that we have to center on the racial breakthrough that this film represents—even though of course we do. Here, for the first time ever, is a $200-million Marvel hit that’s been entrusted to a black director (Ryan Coogler), two black writers (Coogler and Joe Robert Cole), and a pair of…

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Black Panther Movie: The Picture Proves That Marvel Can Make Films With Conscience Without Wry Humor

Black Panther Movie: The Picture Proves That Marvel Can Make Films With Conscience Without Wry Humor

Black Panther Movie Review: The greatest part of this high-tech nation are the women. Fierce, bold, tech-savvy and decision-makers, the Wakandian women are the closest Marvel has ever come to portraying real-life females and that makes Black Panther a standout in a crowded Universe. In the cinematic race between Marvel and DC Universe, Marvel manages to stay ahead every single time with its wry humour, sassy attitude of the superheroes and crossover cameos that leave…

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Black Panther: Every Great Superhero Needs an Even Greater Villain By His Side

Black Panther: Every Great Superhero Needs an Even Greater Villain By His Side

Black Panther: In the hands of star Michael B. Jordan, Erik “Killmonger” Stevens adds intriguing, complicated new depths to the superhero hit. A good superhero movie needs a good hero, but a great superhero movie needs a good villain. Go down the list of truly great superhero hits released over the past 20 years—The Dark Knight, Spider-Man 2, The Incredibles—and you’ll find bad guys who are just as memorable, if not more memorable, than the main heroes. But across the board,…

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Marvel’s Black Panther is a new achievement for movies about superheroes

Marvel’s Black Panther is a new achievement for movies about superheroes

Black Panther doesn’t feel like any film I’ve ever seen. I don’t want to criticize America’s long history of black film history (a history that already includes a ton of black superheroes). Nor am I ignoring the fact that this is the latest entry to the MCU — so yes, it conforms in some ways to the dictates of big-budget Hollywood storytelling. But to reassure youself: This is Black Panther film that cherishes Marvel-scale resources to tell a tale that unapologetically…

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Black Panther is Marvel’s most ambitious project to date

Black Panther is Marvel’s most ambitious project to date

Black Panther is finally here, and not a moment too soon. The MCU sure feels like a sprawling saga, covering narrative ground from here to Valhalla. But it’s taken a decade and 18 movies for a non-white superhero to supersede being a bit player in the big story – and no, the green-hued Hulk doesn’t count. So among the cheery hype and rousing acclaim welcoming this film’s debut, another, slightly coarser sentiment is also present:…

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Black Panther: Killmonger Changes The Entire Game!

Black Panther: Killmonger Changes The Entire Game!

Caution: Black Panther movie spoilers below! Black Panther film’s primary concept–that there lies a secretive African nation that is filled with incredible technology, affluent people, and godlike warriors–is unbelievably fun and ripe for storytelling. But it also begs the potentially damning question: Where has Wakanda been while black people suffered all over the world throughout human history? The fact that Black Panther doesn’t just address that, but tackles it head on as the movie’s central conflict, is…

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Black Panther scratches and effect of another Marvel blockbuster

Black Panther scratches and effect of another Marvel blockbuster

BLACK PANTHER doesn’t just hit its marks. It leaves marks. Landmarks. So get in the queue now, people. MARVEL CONNECT TO A FRESH ROARING POWER. Black Panther, the first Marvel blockbuster film to put a black superhero at the center of the action, is a must-watch for a great number of reasons. Much fuss will undoubtedly be made of the blows that Black Panther strikes so emphatically. Not just in the interests of racial diversity on screen (the…

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Diving into empowerment and privilege: why Black Panther is a hero for our era

Diving into empowerment and privilege: why Black Panther is a hero for our era

From the moment the thunderous drum announces the entrance of the new Wakandan ruler, Black Panther sets itself apart from its comic book-inspired brethren. Sure, it’s still a superhero film, with all that term entails — chase sequences, fantastical weapons, cackling bad guys. But the influences woven into the fabric of the movie are the reasons why Black Panther elevates beyond the genre. One of the reasons Black Panther works is because of the faith Marvel Studios has put into director Ryan Coogler. With a…

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Black Panther Review: The finest, fanciest Marvel film to date

Black Panther Review: The finest, fanciest Marvel film to date

Black Panther Review: Even if it had nothing else going for it, Black Panther would still be the finest, fanciest Marvel film to date. Supersaturated with vivid afro-futurism and as bold and riotous as a rack of dashiki print shirts, it looks like a particularly excitable Sun Ra album cover. Luckily, the movie doesn’t trade on looks alone. The score, brought about by Ludwig Göransson and Kendrick Lamar, mixes primal beats with the growling roar of a pack of…

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Black Panther Review: It’s their moment. Wakanda forever!

Black Panther Review: It’s their moment. Wakanda forever!

Black Panther Review: And while T’Challa is absolutely lovable, there isn’t a whole lot about the character for the viewers to latch onto emotionally. We’re not properly invested in his relationship with his father, who we’ve only met very briefly. And his great struggle seems to be over Wakanda’s strict isolationist policies. The superhero origin story earns a bad reputation, somewhat thanks to Spider-Man for having done it 35 times, but starting from the beginning…

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