With everyone patiently looking forward to the screening of The Avengers; The infinity war, such a reason isn’t farfetched. It’s no other the amazing work of Marvel’s Black Panther. Shot in an African scene, Black Panther has been rightly described as the first true African superhero (what of our darling Blade?). Black Panther brought so many African culture and nature to the forefront unlike anything the world has ever seen. For the first time, the world can see Africa from the eyes of an African. With wide acceptability round the world to the Middle East Asia, Black Panther might end up the superhero your child wants to be like.
As well epitomized by critics, “Black Panther could have been just another Marvel romp—a fun but ultimately disposable entry in the studio’s catalogue. But Ryan Coogler and company had the power, and perhaps the responsibility, to do much more. And they did.” Unlike other Marvel movies we have had in past years, Black Panther came with a blast. Considering the great success behind the movie, Marvel’s new movie releasing this month ending is widely expected.
Shot in the imaginary African nation of Wakanda, our first insight into the movie is the great technologies found in the nation despite their reluctance to relate with the outside world. Ooh, did I forget, they are brilliant set of people. The story started off with the insubordination of N’Jobu, brother to T’Chaka, the Black Panther, who facilitated the theft of vibranium in an attempt to arm black people all over the world against their oppressors; N’Jobu is killed by T’Chaka, T’Challa’s father for his attempt to end the centuries of isolation that have kept Wakanda safe.
T’Chaka dies and young prince T’Challa have to return home to his throne and take on the reins of the Black Panther, a role played by all Wakandan kings. It is no surprise to see one of Africa culture exhibited in his ascension to the throne. Although, it’s most unlikely to find a crown prince fight against a leader of a tribe, it is however common to see every king go through a spiritual rite and another as it’s evident in T’Challa seeing his dead father T’Chaka. This reinforces African belief in an afterlife.
It didn’t take long before we got introduced to another exciting young man, Erik Killmonger. He works for Ulysses Klaus, an established enemy of Wakanda. He collaborated with N’Jobu in the theft of vibranium. Erik Killmonger will later end up being the antagonist of the Black Panther. He can be seen in the museum questioning the curator where African heritages lies in a glass cage away from its original home. Killmonger brought a new face to an antagonist we’ve ever seen since Loki in Thor: The dark world. He may be ruthless but he’s just the perfect villain for a movie like Black Panther. He was the villain who could easily have passed for a superhero.
Little seems known about his history at the onset, except he studied at the MIT, fought in wars in Iraq and even his home continent, Africa. He earned the name Killmonger because of his efficiency and reputation as a black Ops soldier. On his body are bumps or scars he made for each kill he makes. With his chest almost filled up and already covering his back, you can’t only help but wonder how ruthless this young man was. Michael Jordan who played Erik said it was about 2,200 scars. Phew! Who kills that much people? It was later revealed he is the orphaned son of N’Jobu, cousin to the Black Panther.
Another Africa beauty was displayed here. The man of the Chambri tribe believes it descended from the crocodile and hence conduct scarification similar to that of Killmonger.
We’ve seen beautiful footages from The infinity wars and we all wait to see what Thanos does with the infinity stones. Meanwhile, if you haven’t seen Black Panther you stand a great loss to understand what T’Challa meant by “…and give that man a shield…. ”