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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