Black Panther: What Kind Of Weapon Would You Choose? (Part 1)

Black Panther: What Kind Of Weapon Would You Choose? (Part 1)

Black Panther Movie: Weapons are metaphors. We use them in figures of speech (the pen is mightier than the sword) and as figures of speech (stick to your guns). The weapon-as-metaphor suffuses contemporary culture but it is perhaps nowhere more present than in the Marvel Universe. Thor’s boomerang hammer, Spider-Man’s sticky tech—they’re ripe with symbolism. In Black Panther, the MCU series’ new blockbuster flick, Ulysses Klaue, a South African arms dealer unzips his pants in the midst of a South…

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Black Panther wears that mantle with dignity, grace, and pride

Black Panther wears that mantle with dignity, grace, and pride

The King of Wakanda takes his rightful place at the forefront of the MCU in the brilliant Black Panther flick. Black Panther is unlike almost all the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies that have come before it. Director/writer Ryan Coogler (Creed) and co-writer Joe Robert Cole (American Crime Story) have found just the right sweet spot to tell a story that is deeply Afro-centric and affirmatively political in its themes and concerns, while dressing it in some…

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Black Panther Review: A thrilling, Afrofuturist superhero film

Black Panther Review: A thrilling, Afrofuturist superhero film

Black Panther Movie Review: Ryan Coogler’s astounding movie diverges from one tradition while honoring another, in the process becoming a uniquely poignant, political entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The latest big-screen superhero spectacle, Black Panther, from director Ryan Coogler and co-screenwriter Joe Robert Cole, begins with a history lesson. A colourful animated sequence unravels the origins of the fictional African nation of Wakanda, as told by a father to his son. Wakanda, the home of our…

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Black Panther offers us an actual hero

Black Panther offers us an actual hero

Black Panther movie offers us an actual hero Secret identities have been a staple of superherodom since Superman first slapped on a pair of glasses and called himself Clark. But a whole country in disguise? Welcome to Wakanda, a third-world nation that boasts—well, basically nothing. Sure, it’s picturesque in its own way. And maybe it had a bit of vibranium—that super-rare, super-durable metal that makes up Captain America’s shield—back in the day. But Wakanda didn’t have enough…

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“Black Panther” is a major turning-point in the history of pop culture

“Black Panther” is a major turning-point in the history of pop culture

“Black Panther” is a major turning-point in the history of pop culture. Critic David Edelstein claims the new flick, starring a black superhero and “crazy-tough women,” is a nice departure from the Marvel’s traditional mold: Maybe you’re about to line up, maybe you’re in line for “Black Panther.” Good news — it’s worth the wait! I mean, Marvel superhero flicks are more similar than different from one another, and this one has a few sub-par CGI effects….

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Black Panther Review: Killmonger’s Anger Is The Sad Truth

Black Panther Review: Killmonger’s Anger Is The Sad Truth

Black Panther’s Erik Killmonger longed to raise a revolution around the globe that would help colored people fight back against their oppressors, and while I don’t agree with his methods, I understand where the anger comes from. I felt that same rage when I was 12 years old on a trip to Africa. In 1996, my family and I went to West Africa to a tiny nation named The Gambia. My parents were determined to…

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Black Panther: Long live the king!

Black Panther: Long live the king!

After the unfortunate death of his father, T’Challa (Boseman) is officially titled Wakanda’s ruler and super-powered protector. Shortly – as well as challenges to his style of rule – the new Black Panther is protecting his secretive, technologically advanced nation from a notorious arms dealer (Serkis) and an ex-soldier with a sketchy past (Jordan). To claim that Ryan Coogler’s features are extending both in scope and scale – increasingly ambitious, audacious and pyrotechnically mesmerizing each…

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