The Black Panther – Review



The Black Panther is Marvel’s first black superhero, and made his debut in Marvel’s “Fantastic Four” in 1966 (Mattimore, 2018). Black Panther then became apart of the Avengers in 1968, but he didn’t get his own comic until 1977 (Mattimore, 2018). The series is based on T’Challa, the current king of Wakanda (Mattimore, 2018). The Black Panther is the most affluent fictional character in the Marvel universe (Mattimore, 2018). T’Challa inherits his mantle from his father the previous king, T’Chaka (Mattimore, 2018). Black Panther also gains his powers, including superacute senses and enhanced strength and speed from a combination of skill, divine favor and a special herb (Mattimore, 2018). Black Panther’s story originates in the fictional world of Wakanda (Mattimore, 2018). Without outside powers taking over its resources, or imposing exploitative policies, Wakanda flourishes and becomes the most technologically advanced country on earth, rich in natural resources such as the fictional element Vibranium (Mattimore, 2018).

In my opinion, The Black Panther was a great movie, it included everything a great movie should have. Not only was the plot amazing, but so were the characters. I didn’t get tired of watching these people do a beautiful performance. The movie had action, attitude, humor, love, friendship and most importantly unity. Most superhero movies lack one or more of these things that I have listed. Don’t get me wrong Marvel movies are always exciting and fun, but The Black Panther was different, it made me want to get up and dance inside the theater. “The Black Panther roars past 700 million in week two”,  this shows how great and successful the movie is and it has only been two weeks. Others also agree with my opinion, the movie has 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, 88% on Metacritic, and 5/5 on Common Sense Media. Sandie Angulo Chen, from Common Sense Media reviewed The Black Panther and said, “Ryan Coogler’s masterful superhero drama is unlike any other, featuring outstanding acting, breathtaking art direction, fascinating royal intrigue, memorable action sequences, and surprising depth.” Manohla Dargis from The New York Times said, “A jolt of a movie, Black Panther creates wonder with great flair and feeling partly through something Hollywood rarely dreams of anymore: myth.” Both of these reviews support my opinion on how these movie was beautiful and entertaining at the same time.

Some would refute my argument and say that The Black Panther is the complete opposite of what I say, they would say the movie could’ve been much better. One argument would be T’Challa was focusing on saving Wakanda and not others which took away from the original superhero role, but if you read the history of The Black Panther which I have included in paragraph one; The Black Panther is suppose focus on keeping Wakanda unified and better its future. A review on The Black Panther by Ed Power said, “What he doesn’t get to do much of is jump around beating-up bad guys. That’s a shame. Marvel has finally given us an African superhero. The hope surely was that he would be allowed do superheroic things.” A negative review on the movie is pretty rare, people all over the world really enjoyed and wanted to see more of it, Power didn’t. Just because T’Challa didn’t go around beating up bad guys doesn’t take away from the fact that he is one of the most powerful and noble superheros, he fought and protected his family and country.

Overall, The Black Panther is most definitely one of my favorite superhero movies. The Black Panther will be one of those movies people always bring out to watch to lighten up the mood and put on smile on the faces of those who are watching it. The movie will be remembered and talked about for many years, it will not be forgotten. The movie has also made the African American community feel united. The movie was centered around African Americans and was also the first Marvel African American superhero movie, it will be a image of us; strong, smart, and fearless.