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: 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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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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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’ 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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BLACK PANTHER’S 8 BIGGEST UNEXPLAINED QUESTIONS

BLACK PANTHER’S 8 BIGGEST UNEXPLAINED QUESTIONS

While we adore Marvel’s latest action flick, Black Panther, that doesn’t mean we still don’t have some hot questions about what happened in it. Here are the eight biggest WTF questions we had after watching T’Challa’s long-awaited solo film, starting with … Is T’Challa the Last of the Black Panthers Now? Killmonger had the Heart-Shaped Herb destroyed. So does that equal that Black Panther line of succession concludes with T’Challa? That no one else can ever…

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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 officially breaks Marvel’s traditional mold

Black Panther officially breaks Marvel’s traditional mold

It looks like every time a new MCU film hits theaters, a debate ensues about where it stands in the studio’s increasingly expanding cinematic universe. Black Panther is the latest project to find itself at the center of such a discussion, and while it isn’t a perfect film, what it does well is so unique and compelling that it deserves to be mentioned among the best of the studio’s big-screen adventures so far. Directed by Creed filmmaker Ryan Coogler from a…

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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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