Black Panther’s Hype Circle Explained

Black Panther’s Hype Circle Explained

Black Panther’s Hype Circle Explained This banal comic-book blockbuster follows Democratic-party ‘politricks.’ The MCU first infantilizes its audience, then makes it banal, and, in the end, controls it via marketing. This commercial strategy, geared toward adolescents of all ages, resembles the Democratic party’s political manipulation of black Americans, targeting that audience through its insecurities about heritage, social prestige, and empowerment. Thus the studio’s brand new entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Panther appeals to young dreams…

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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 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: 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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Black Panther has taken over the world and here’s why! (Part 3)

Black Panther has taken over the world and here’s why! (Part 3)

We are very close to the final yet most interesting things about Black Panther. So please stick with us! The Portrayal of Africa as Its Own Superpower From the get go, what people were really excited to see was Wakanda. Part of the reason Black Panther is appealing is because here’s this superhero, who is from a country that is more technologically advanced than any other. And that country is in Africa. The vibranium in…

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Black Panther has taken over the world and here’s why! (Part 1)

Black Panther has taken over the world and here’s why! (Part 1)

Black Panther movie has taken over the world! It’s been perhaps the greatest pop culture moment in the last ten years, and the most highly anticipated movie in a long while. It’s finally here, and it has lived up to every piece of hype it has gotten. I’ve seen it twice so far, and will see it again. But I’ve been talking about it nonstop. It was hard to make up my mind about where…

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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: The wise build bridges, indeed.

Black Panther Review: The wise build bridges, indeed.

Last week, I blasted the identity-politics-mongering cultural Left for driving a wedge between black Americans and white Americans coming together to participate in the cultural milestone that is “Black Panther” this weekend. I particularly rebuked their fanatical, destructive politicization of the film, and how it will only divide people during a time of unity. Their anti-social worldview became so toxic that The New York Times enlisted a professor to caution white Americans against having their children dress up as “Black Panther”…

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The fun and ambitious Black Panther is one strange Marvel film

The fun and ambitious Black Panther is one strange Marvel film

It’s been a decade and 18 movies, but the MCU has finally produced a superhero flick that seems like it was ripped from the pages of a comic book. Ditching the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s familiar roster of heroes together with many of the basics of the Marvel movie formula, Ryan Coogler has turned Black Panther into a highly personal crowd-pleaser in the vein of his last installment, the Rocky sequel Creed, yet with all the idiosyncrasies and thrills afforded by…

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Black Panther is an anthem of female empowerment!

Black Panther is an anthem of female empowerment!

Black Panther is an anthem of female empowerment! My first experiences witnessing black women in movie are not that great. As a seven-year-old black girl, I’m watching Whoopi Goldberg in Sister Act. She is a lounge singer on the run, moonlighting as a sister in a convent. She is helping a group of tone-deaf white women become their best selves. I am delighted. Perhaps one day, I can also teach a group of aged white nuns…

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Black Panther: The film’s Hero is Donald Trump whereas the Baddie is Black Lives Matter

Black Panther: The film’s Hero is Donald Trump whereas the Baddie is Black Lives Matter

Black Panther: The film’s Hero is Donald Trump whereas the Baddie is Black Lives Matter There is a ton of thing to like about Marvel’s big-budget hit Black Panther, and almost as much not to like. For starters, director and co-writer Ryan Coogler does an A+ job of world building (more on this later). In addition, the soundtrack and score also deserve an A+. Plus, there are the actors, the greatest cast yet assembled in all of…

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Black Panther is a glorious, intense superhero film that you cannot miss out

Black Panther is a glorious, intense superhero film that you cannot miss out

Black Panther is a glorious, intense superhero film that you cannot miss out Every so often, a movie comes along that changes the entire cinematic game. Over the past several years, rumbling about the casting of black actors (or lack thereof) in Hollywood has bloomed into a full-blown revolt. Coupled with the volatile racial environment in the U.S. at the moment, now feels like the perfect time for something to emerge from the creative hive…

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‘Black Panther’ is the King, but bad one Killmonger just took over the villain throne

‘Black Panther’ is the King, but bad one Killmonger just took over the villain throne

‘Black Panther‘ is the King, but bad one Killmonger just took over the villain throne Erik Killmonger’s time on the kingdom of Wakandan reign was short-lived, but he is now the undisputed ruler of Marvel Cinematic Universe viallains. There’s Killmonger, and then there’s everybody else. There was a time when debating the greatest Marvel Cinematic Universe villain of all time before “Avengers: Infinity War” theatrical debut would have seemed pointless. Let’s call that time by…

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