By: Crystal Mwende
Last Friday, February 16th 2018, history was made. Marvel’s anticipated film, Black Panther, was finally released in theaters across the world. Black Panther is the final major superhero introduced leading up to the Avengers movie coming out this summer. The overall excitement behind this film has been building for over a year. This movie means so much more to fans than a simple addition to the series. Black Panther was directed by a black man and consisted of a majority black cast, something that is rare for mainstream films. Before the movie was even released to the mainstream audience, it was viewed by several critics and received a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Black Panther has made about $242 million domestically and $427 million worldwide, shattering box-office records. Therefore making it the fifth highest opening for a film ever and the second highest grossing Avengers film.
Black Panther is set in Wakanda, a fictional African country that is powered by the powerful metal of vibranium. Centuries earlier, a meteor crashed into what is current day Wakanda bringing vibranium with it. The people of Wakanda fought over this precious source until one day one man ingested the vibranium and got superhuman abilities. With his newfound power, he reunited the tribes of Wakanda. Fast forward to the present and Wakanda is the most powerful and advanced country in the world. Though not many outside of the country are aware of this due to the actions taken to prevent the country from discovery in fear of having their vibranium stolen from them. Wakanda and its people have managed to avoid world crises of all types. When the King of Wakanda is killed in an explosion, his son T’Challa must step up and take his place as not only king but as the black panther. T’Challa is determined to follow in his father’s footsteps as a great king.
Far before its release, this movie was already garnering support for the cultural and social impact that it was anticipated to have. Obviously very high expectations. On top of this, it was also considered a “black” movie due to the majority black cast. According to Hollywood, movies like this do not break records and bring in as much money. Black Panther definitely proves this untrue and lives up to its hype. Watching this movie was truly a cinematic experience. Eunice Hawkson says, “It was exhilarating.” The story was captivating and the characters were intriguing. The women in the movie were unlike many others. Senior Illyana Fettang stated, “I really appreciated the women empowerment.” The women were strong, independent warriors and most importantly, they were not overly sexualized as we often see. Although I am not a film expert, the production of this movie was truly spectacular. There were specific scenes that were shot so beautifully, they were breathtaking. If you have not seen this movie, you need to go see it.