Okay Marvel fans…the moment you all have been waiting for…here are my thoughts on Black Panther!
Last week I had the amazing opportunity to attend the L.A. World Premiere of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” at the Dolby Theatre (I even got to walk down the purple carpet with the stars). I sat down with my popcorn and drink in the second row…right in the center! If you take a close look at the photo below, you will see me tasting the popcorn before the movie starts (hey, I have a thing for popcorn…don’t judge).
If you are a Marvel fan, then I’m sure I don’t need to tell you to that you should watch Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Captain America: Civil War before watching the Black Panther. I did brush up on my Marvel before stepping into the theater. Black Panther first appears in Captain America: Civil War. You learn a little about who T’Challa is in Captain America: Civil War...but it’s this movie that gives you the whole story. Not only do you learn who T’Challa is, but the history of Wakanda and the strength of it’s people.
After the death of his father, T’Challa returns to Wakanda to take his place as king. Wakanda is isolated and technologically advanced African nation. The people of Wakanda have kept their technology a secret, not wanting the vibranium to get into the wrong hands…not to mention the herb that gives the Black Panther extra powers. There can only be ONE Black Panther. A chosen Black Panther is entitled to the use of a purple flower that grants the person who consumes it enhanced strength, agility, and perception.
Before being crowned, T’Challa must fight anyone who wishes to dispute his claim to the thrown. The ritual to become king is so powerful to watch. Not only do you see how united the tribes are in Wakanda, but you see the loyalty and duty everyone feels to keep the tradition intact.
Even though many believe T’Challa is the rightful king, a powerful old enemy reappears. Based on their laws, T’Challa is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk.
Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.
Black Panther is packed full of action…but what caught my attention the most was the POWERFUL women. Everyone in Wakanda was treated equally…but honestly the women had such strength, beauty, and brains. Shuri (played by Letitia Wright) is the prime example of brains, beauty, and strength. She is T’Challa’s younger sister. Shuri is a scientist/techie who has created and expanded their technology over the years finding new uses for vibranium. Vibranium is weaved into everything…their clothing…their weapons…their vehicles…and Shuri has been the brain power behind it all.
Okay…so I promised not to leak any of the twists and turns in this movie…but I just need to put this photo in my post and let you know that this was one of my favorite scenes in the movie. When you see the movie, you will know why!
Bottom line…I highly recommend this movie for ages 10 and up. I can’t wait to take my son, he is going to love this movie.
“Black Panther” stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, with Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis.
The film is directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Jeffrey Chernov and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole wrote the screenplay.
Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” hits U.S. theaters on February 16, 2018.
Disclosure: I am a Disney Blogger. This will be an all-expense paid trip. All opinions are 100% my own.