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‘Black Panther’ Resides In Its Own Corner and That’s Why It Is Such A Great Movie

This is a repost sharing my love for Black Panther.

After recently watching Black Panther for the first time after owning Avengers: Endgame on Blu-Ray I was quickly reminded why this became the first superhero movie to garner an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. This movie is SO good, written with a deceptively complex storyline that pleases both the masses and the most snobbish critics.

The main reason Black Panther was so successful is that, while it definitely feels like a Marvel movie, the writers didn’t incorporate too much of the MCU into the film, which they easily could’ve done. Continue reading ‘Black Panther’ Resides In Its Own Corner and That’s Why It Is Such A Great Movie

A Six-Year Poster Evolution: Black Panther

A few years ago I knew nothing about Black Panther. Now I can’t imagine the world without him or the land that he originates from, Wakanda. Losing Black Panther in Infinity War was definitely VERY shocking and…I’m just waiting to see him return. Today on the final day of this series, we look back at his individual character posters since his debut in the MCU. Enjoy!

Captain America: Civil War

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T’Challa looks like he’s looking for revenge on this poster. But can you blame him? He loved his father King T’Chaka. To lose him in the way that he did is definitely gutwrenching. I loved that his introduction into the MCU was an extensive one and I can’t wait to see his story continue in the future.

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‘Black Panther’ Resides In Its Own Corner and That’s Why It Is Such A Great Movie

I’ve watched Black Panther three times since I got it last week on Blu-Ray and I can honestly say, it is a GREAT movie. Every time I’ve watched it it’s gotten better which is an impressive feat from a Marvel film and it makes me completely understand how it ended up having such an incredible box-office run that it’s STILL in theaters nearly four months after it came out in mid-February. The last time I watched Black Panther I came from the film beaming with joy and just marveling at how remarkable the movie’s story is. And then I realized, the main reason for its success is that, while it definitely feels like a Marvel movie, the writers didn’t incorporate too much of the MCU into the film, which they easily could’ve done.

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Like Guardians of the Galaxy it stands in a realm all by itself with barely any outside distractions. There weren’t any last-minute save-the-days from a fugitive Captain America coming to help his newfound buddy, King T’Challa, against the tyrannical rule of Erik Killmonger. Falcon didn’t make any surprise appearances. And Bucky didn’t bust out of his medical-induced sleep to fight alongside his Wakandan friends. The only characters that were brought from the outside world was Klaue and CIA agent Everett Ross, both of which weren’t very important characters in their general MCU debuts but became important pieces to this new story. I think this is the recipe for Black Panther‘s booming success.

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Wakanda feels like another world that’s perfectly secluded for the film so that we get to enjoy the native and cultural significance oozing from the locations, clothing, and characters in the movie rather than having the more mainstream visual sights and characters barging their way into the film. And that also shows how superb of a film Black Panther really is.

Even incredible Marvel movies like Thor: Ragnarok and Spider-Man: Homecoming had to incorporate crossover characters like Doctor Strange and Iron Man to truly make the films all the more enjoyable. T’Challa and the fascinating world of Wakanda was all Black Panther needed to create a movie so good it exceeded ALL expectations, including mine. And Avengers: Infinity War is a great example of this.

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Having the Avengers and the war against Thanos come to Wakanda wasn’t a bonus to the African nation but only hindered its awesomeness. Seeing Captain America and Black Panther fight side by side wasn’t the visual treat that I expected and seeing the beautiful land of Wakanda being razed in the way that it did was kind of heartbreaking, especially after what the cinematic triumph of Black Panther achieved by creating this magnificent world ruled by beautiful black people steeped in African lore and Afro-futurism. The only great character interplay that I truly enjoyed in the movie was seeing General Okoye, Black Widow, and Scarlet Witch fight alongside each other against Thanos’s female warrior, Proxima Midnight. It was a trio I could’ve never seen coming and it was totally AWESOME! Women rule!

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All in all, I love Black Panther for so many reasons but the fact that I can watch it and that it feels so new, fresh, and unlike the other Marvel movies is really it’s blaring triumph. I hope its sequel remains in this seclusive vein and doesn’t include any outside characters (unless they are brand new heroes being introduced into the MCU) because I enjoy following the story of T’Challa, Okoye, Shuri, Nakia, etc. without the distractions of other Avengers stealing their spotlight.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a marvel-ous day.

Is It Just Me or Is ‘Black Panther’ and ‘The Lion King the Same Movie?

Black Panther has become the movie craze of the year so far as it has generated the most social buzz for a movie ever, has people yelling Wakanda Forever around the globe, and has become the highest grossing superhero movie of all time!!! And while all of this is absolutely spectacular I have discovered a huge conundrum with this film and it has something to do with The Lion King.

This past Friday I watched The Lion King after not having seen it in years and as I watched the movie I realized, to my great shock, that the story of Simba’s rise to becoming a king was nearly identical to T’Challa’s journey to becoming king of Wakanda. So, after discovering the stunning parallels to the two movies I had to write a post about it. Enjoy!

Both Simba and T’Challa’s Fathers Died Tragically

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For young Simba he had to witness his father Mufasa fall to a grisly death after Scar secretly killed him. For T’Challa his father was caught in a devastating explosion that ended up taking his life. Both Simba and T’Challa deeply loved their fathers and looked up to them as they were raised. The only difference between the two future kings was Simba ran away in fear while T’Challa plotted his revenge to kill his father’s murderer. And that leads me to my next parallel between the two characters.

Both Characters Saw Their Fathers in the AfterLife

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For Simba and T’Challa they had unique rites of passage that let them come into contact with their fathers in the afterlife and both moments for these characters were pivotal to their stories. Simba, after seeing his father again, decided to turn his back on the leisurely life he was living to pursue his title as King of Pride Rock. T’Challa, after his final encounter with his father, decided to open Wakanda to the world after learning the terrible truth his father had tried to keep from him that he had killed T’Challa’s uncle and left his nephew stranded and orphaned in the United States. That decision to leave Erik behind almost led to the doom of Wakanda.

Simba and T’Challa Were Both Thought To Be Dead

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One of the major story lines in Black Panther and The Lion King was the disappearance of Simba and T’Challa when their countries needed them most. For Simba he ran away as a child after his father’s death, leaving the lionesses and the other animals within the region under the tyrannical reign of Scar. T’Challa was presumed to be dead after his confrontation with Erik Killmonger and Killmonger assumed the throne, casting Wakanda into a dark time indeed. And that leads to yet another parallel between the two movies.

The Main Villains of Both Films Were Family Members

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In The Lion King Simba’s arch nemesis was his uncle Scar who wanted control over Pride Rock and the throne for his own selfish gains. In Black Panther T’Challa’s main foe was his African-American cousin, Erik Killmonger, who wanted to take the mantle of king since he felt it was his rightful place as second heir to the throne. That’s a very blatant parallel between the two films.

These four topics are the most blaring similarities between the two movies. Black Panther is, of course, the much better told story of the two as it is crafted for older audiences and presents ideas and topics that really resonated with the world and its internal struggles today. And besides, it’s a fun Marvel film. You can’t beat that. But it’s kind of disappointing to find out this incredible superhero flick that I thought was so original was just a ripoff of an iconic Disney film that came out two dozen years ago. Both films had their slight differences but each film’s main gist was nearly identical! I couldn’t believe it!

It also feels a little strange considering The Lion King was a fictional Disney movie based in Africa through the story of Africa’s animals and over two decades later another Disney film has arrived starring a superhero’s journey out of Africa and it was basically the exact same story. They really couldn’t make a fantastic Black Panther film with an original plot? Does this mean we’re going to have another Disney movie set in Africa twenty-four years from now in 2042 that’ll be an updated version of Black Panther‘s story? I guess Disney’s logic was this; if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. *shrug*

I still love Black Panther though. I’m just surprised at how unoriginal the movie actually is.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a magnificent day.

The Evolution of Black Panther

One of the reasons why Captain America: Civil War was such a fantastic film was because it brought Black Panther into the mix. This was a character that I had no idea about and when I discovered him in this movie I was totally blown away. He completely stole the show away from Captain America and Iron Man as the new coolest superhero of the bunch and since then he’s only gotten cooler! And now with Infinity War coming out soon Black Panther’s involvement in this franchise is only going to grow larger and so in anticipation for this incredible movie coming out in less than a week! it’s time to look at his evolution so far. Enjoy!

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

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When T’Challa first came into Civil War he was just a young Wakandan prince with a father who had years, maybe even decades, of life and leadership still in him. He was learning the ways of diplomacy and seeing the workings of the world outside of the peaceful borders surrounding Wakanda…and then his father was murdered. That’s when the world turned upside down for T’Challa.

He utterly loved his father. To lose someone in the way that he did was just a devastating turn for him and he began plotting his revenge. For the rest of the movie his only mission was to avenge his father’s death by killing Bucky, the man who had been framed for the terrible act but this is where the character of T’Challa shines the brightest in this movie. When he discovered that it was actually Zemo who killed his father he had a choice. He could’ve avenged his father by killing Zemo but then he realized he wouldn’t have been any better than Zemo in that situation.

Zemo was bent on revenge, so focused in his quest for vengeance that he hadn’t even cared about the type of murderous monster he had become. T’Challa, however, did care. He didn’t want to fall down the same rage filled path Zemo had taken because he was better than that. T’Challa has a heart as strong and perfect as vibranium and he wasn’t going to let hate taint that.

He had such a change of heart that he volunteered for Bucky to take refuge in Wakanda where his scientists and doctors could help the former Hydra assassin. He didn’t have to do that but that’s how good of a person he is. It’s a perfect development for his character that leads into his next movie, Black Panther in such an impeccable way as the strength of his character and his beliefs is tested in ways he never could’ve imagined.

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