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'Black Panther' Feels Like The Beginning Of Something New For Marvel

'Black Panther' Feels Like The Beginning Of Something New For Marvel

The arc of the Marvel universe is long, but it's finally bent toward Black Panther. Ruth E. Carter's costumes surely deserve contention for an Oscar win, but over the next year as new contenders come and go, spare a moment to consider Black Panther's tragic foe.

According to the British Board of Film Classification, Black Panther has a run time of 134 minutes (2hrs 14 minutes)!

Black Panther is about a prince of a fictitious African nation of Wakanda who becomes a superhero known as Black Panther. Coogler's picture-starring Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa, the ruler of the isolationist African country Wakanda, as well as, when kitted out in his sleek black superhero outfit, the principled and authoritative Black Panther-has a social conscience, speaking out plainly about the moral obligations of powerful countries, from sheltering refugees to sharing technology and science to dividing wealth equitably. Centuries ago, the first of the Black Panther leaders used the element and won the respect of the five disparate tribes of Wakanda, uniting the nation and setting its path towards progress and protection.

T'Challa (Boseman) returns to grief-stricken Wakanda - a pacifist, technologically advanced society "hidden in plain view" - following the murder of his father, King T'Chaka (Kani), in a terrorist bombing.

I once thought Captain America: Winter Soldier ranked the highest for the best action scenes in a Marvel superhero flick, but I was wrong-Black Panther now takes this worthy mantle, as we see T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) fight for his own mantle in the film. Best Picture is the biggest question mark: Coogler's film will surely have the box-office legs to prompt that sort of talk, though other big comic-book hits like Wonder Woman and Deadpool didn't make the final cut, and Marvel has rarely given the full campaign push to its most well-received movies like The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Plus, though they didn't know it at the time, that decision was also a huge factor in landing director Ryan Coogler, who was at first unsure if Black Panther should be his next film. Nakia (Lupita Nyong'o) and Okoye (Danai Gurira), the head of the Dora Milaje - T'Challa's all-female kickass bodyguard team - are notably defined. I said, 'Hey, you got to get me out of this!' I think it begins to feel like skin after a while.

Any quibbles I have are just Marvel being Marvel.

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"Don't you just want to play a character where you lay on the sofa and do nothing at all?" "I heard what they were thinking".

In that thread, as well as another that fleshes out Killmonger's past, Coogler (who also co-wrote the script with Joe Robert Cole) has taken the source material - and a character introduced in 1966 - and delivered an unexpectedly relevant and timely movie, one with something to say woven into its fantastic trappings.

"Honestly, this entire experience was quite humbling".

I plan to see it again opening weekend.

Jordan has hailed new movie Black Panther as "extremely important" in changing the landscape of cinema for black actors.

Aiding and abetting this unsafe ploy is Erik Killmonger (a beyond-charismatic Michael B. Jordan of Creed), an ex-US military agent who knows more than he is letting on about the mystical Wakandan way of life.