Black Panther: The film that is changing the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Aesha Falcon, Arts and Entertainment Editor

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Has Black Panther changed the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the better?

Black Panther, written by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, was directed by Ryan Coogler. Coogler may not be a familiar name yet, but he has directed recognizable movies such as Creed, the follow up to the Rocky series. And with so many fans of the Marvel Studios franchise, Black Panther has become one of the most highly anticipated movies of the year.

Does it live up to the hype? According to Rotten Tomatoes, a website that “designates the best reviewed movies and TV shows as Certified Fresh™ and offers the most comprehensive guide to what’s fresh,” Black Panther was rated with an impressive 97% from critics while on the other hand, as of today, it was recorded that 78% of the audience enjoyed the movie as well.

Black Panther is a black superhero (the first to receive his own Marvel Studios film). His alter-ego, T’Challa, returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king — and as Black Panther — gets tested when he’s drawn into a 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.

I found Black Panther to be an original movie that met its expectations. The amount of African culture embraced and incorporated within this film was truly astonishing. Also, the exposure of women in power was an aspect of the movie I did not expect but appreciate. Within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, strong female characters lack the presentation on the big screen, yet with Black Panther, many female characters that are just as strong as their fellow male cast mombers. The cinematic elements in this film are an honest beauty, from the angles and motions of the camera to the long shots over looking Wakanda.

Furthermore, the soundtrack is amazing, different from other Marvel movies, more modern and appealling to the overall audience, like myself. In fact, eight of the songs on Black Panther‘s soundtrack charted on the Billboard’s Hot 100. Songs such as “All the Stars” by Kendrick Lamar and SZA, which charted at the #9 spot, and “Pray for Me” by Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd, which peaked at the #7 spot, both charted highest, out of the eight songs that made the list. In the end, the Black Panther, was a highly produced movie that are well rounded in all aspects from storyline to soundtrack.

This Marvel film has been stated as the film that has changed the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I hope to see an upcoming sequel to the Black Panther franchise. Will it hold up to the standards made? Or will it be over hyped to fall short of its expectations? Overall, Black Panther is definitely the movie to watch and the worth it experience, to witness the awaited development within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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