Black Panther Initial Thoughts

The day is finally here!

Tonight I'm going to be seeing the Black Panther movie. I'm starting this blog post just before going to the film because I am that excited!

I don't know too much about the Black Panther character as I haven't read too many of his comics but I do know some.

Starting with what the MCU has told us, he is the king of Wakanda. He now upholds the mantle of the country because of his father's untimely death. We know that the title of Black Panther has been passed on through generations of the Wakandan people. The MCU hasn't yet told much else.

From the comics, we know that the Black Panther is also the king of the dead. Necropolis is a city of the dead inside of Wakanda. Necropolis is where previous Black Panthers are buried. The connections to death were mentioned briefly in Captain America: Civil War when T'challa states that his father believed that "Death is only the beginning for our people." Let's see if that statement pans out in the movie.

The comics also tell us that Black Panther is part of the Marvel version of the Illuminati. A group of super-powered leaders in the comic world who make big decisions. Members include characters like Black Bolt (Inhumans Leader), Captain America, Doctor Strange, Iron Man, Black Panther, Professor X and others. Some of these characters appear in the MCU, but we don't know if anything regarding this group will reveal itself.

Black Panther is an essential character in the Marvel Universe in both movies and written word. I hope to see if Ryan Coogler and Chadwick Boseman do him justice.

I will be updating this post after I watch the movie at 10:15 PM PST tonight.

UPDATE:

*SPOILERS TO FOLLOW*

 Had to take a picture with the cut out made for the movie

Had to take a picture with the cut out made for the movie

Wow! This film was a fantastic entry to the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

The Black Panther has some of the most exciting fighting visuals since Civil War. The scenes regarding the King Ritual fights were tense and palpable. A waterfall cliff is always pretty to look at, but when you tie it with a well-choreographed fight scene, you feel goosebumps.

Kilmonger is quite possibly one of my favorite Marvel villains to date, second only to D'Onofrio's Kingpin and David Tennant’s Kilgrave. I am happy to see a little more backstory regarding this character. He truly believed what he was doing was right and for the right reasons.

Boseman played a regal T'challa and Black Panther. His very presence held weight in every scene he was in, and his absence was much more pronounced when he was thrown off a cliff.

T'challa's sister Shuri (played by Letitia Wright) stood out as one of my favorite characters throughout the movie, saying things that the audience was always thinking.

I must say that the Wakandian tech shown, stands out as it would have come from African descent. The whole imagined city was beautiful and elegant.

I only take issue with one of the last fights at the end of the movie. The final battle between T'challa and Killmonger was CGI heavy. Making it feel a little less fluid than the other conflicts throughout the film. The passing trains vibrations only made it more blurry. I think that's also why they decided to have them speak during most of those parts at the beginning of the fight.

Black Panther is a fun movie. A movie that should be celebrated for what it does in the MCU and how it stands as a solo film. The action is well done and the director Ryan Coogler has a real eye for beautiful shots with fantastic music behind it.

What about you? What do you think? Was the movie fun? Was it boring? Did anyone in the theater talk too much? Let me know in the comments sections below.