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 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 has taken over the world and here’s why! (Part 2)

Black Panther has taken over the world and here’s why! (Part 2)

Black Panther: Let’s continue on with my favorite things about this incredible movie! The Superpower of the Women The film did its women justice, and that was one of the things I loved most in Black Panther. The reverence for female in this movie brought tears to me eyes. It’s such a difference from how women are typically portrayed. We’re the “Princess” who Mario needs to save typically, but in this film the women are the…

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We Do Not Deserve The Black Panther! (Part 2)

We Do Not Deserve The Black Panther! (Part 2)

Let’s continue what we’ve left of in the previous review of Black Panther, shall we? By saying that Killmonger’s black life does not matter, I don’t mean it is not hyperbole. In a macabre scene meant to be touching, Black Panther carries Killmonger to a plateau so that he might see the sun set on Wakanda before dying. With a spear stuck in his chest, he completes his wish to embrace the splendor his father…

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Black Panther Review: Marvel wins a big time with this amazing hit!s

Black Panther Review: Marvel wins a big time with this amazing hit!s

No doubt about it – Black Panther is fun: it’s got all the grand VFX razzmatazz of a Marvel movie, enjoyable characters, a giant scale fit for the big screen, but more importantly, a villain who is relatable and memorable. And it looks like Marvel has finally begun to let their films have the voice of the director because this is more a Ryan Coogler movie than a studio mandated product. We were introduced to the titular…

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Black Panther Review: Half James Bond, half The Lion King

Black Panther Review: Half James Bond, half The Lion King

Black Panther Review: Half James Bond, half The Lion King, complete with a blazing dash of Star Wars. Words can’t enough describe how crucial Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther is at this stage of the comic book film genre. It’s not just our first solo film focusing entirely on a primarily-black cast populated with strong female characters. It’s not just King T’Challa’s first quest, and our initial good look at the mystical African kingdom of Wakanda. It’s not…

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‘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 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 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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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 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: A prime example of how to elevate a standard superhero film

Black Panther: A prime example of how to elevate a standard superhero film

The origin of the Marvel hero Black Panther, king of the Panther tribe of the African country Wakanda. After the events of Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa returns home to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country’s new leader. But T’Challa later realizes that he is challenged for the throne from factions within his own nation. When two foes conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must…

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