|Black Panther (Marvel Studios)|
|Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan and |
T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) (Marvel Studios)
To the outside world, Wakanda is a small tribal community in Africa, but what they don’t see is what is lying underneath. Surrounded by a rich source of vibranium, a huge, modern world has been cloaked, “hiding in plain sight.” The country prides itself on not accepting donations or resources from others and keeps a low profile. In reality though, Wakanda could offer so much more to the world at large.
|Nakia (Lupita Nyong'o), T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman)|
and Okoye (Danai Gurira) (Marvel Studios)
Black Panther also stars Martin Freeman (as Everett K. Ross, a CIA agent), Daniel Kaluuya (as W’kabi, head of security for the Border Tribe), Winston Duke (as M’Baku, leader of the Jabari tribe) and Forest Whitaker (as Zuri, the spiritual leader of Wakanda).
Black Panther is different from all other Marvel Studios movies. The most obvious difference is the predominately African-American casting, but this is more than a “black” movie. Unlike other Marvel movies, this one doesn’t feature a single cameo of any other superhero with the exception of Ayo (Florence Kasumba) who first appeared in Captain America: Civil War and Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) who appeared in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Oh, and some guy named Stan Lee.
|Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) and Everett K. Ross|
(Martin Freeman) (Marvel Studios)
Black Panther is a beautiful movie and not just because of the actors. It may be a surprise to learn that many of the Wakanda scenes were actually filmed within a sound stage in Georgia. The impressive sets include Shuri’s research laboratory, the regal tribal council room and the man-made Warrior Falls. You’d never know that this place doesn’t exist in real life! Others were shot on location including Busan, South Korea.
Black Panther certainly blends in the Marvel world of superheroes, but it also stands out and in some ways, rises above other Marvel character films. Even non-superhero movie fans will enjoy this fun ride.