As a studio, Marvel has thrived by redefining the constructs of serialized cinematic storytelling, honoring the comic book characters fans love, and allowing filmmakers to put their singular stamp on the material.
That alone would be an impressive feat, but "Black Panther" really excels thanks to its rich array of characters and performances. In a time when audiences want different stories told by (and focused on) people who rarely get the spotlight, "Black Panther" comes at the flawless time. It represents what a superhero means to a person of color. The MCU films have been inspired by the design seen in Ta-Nehisi Coates' Black Panther comic run, where the suit forms around the body. It stars Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa, Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, Lupita Nyong'o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Daniel Kaluuya as W'Kabi, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue and more. "So I have grown up with that my entire life", he added. "So my diet became more vegetarian as we went along".
Although they hail from rival companies, there are several parallels to DC's best movie, "Wonder Woman", beyond an under-represented group belatedly receiving its super-heroic due. After a brief glimpse in the Civil War post-credits, we finally get to see the kingdom in all its glory; a wondrous, Afrofuturist land of technology and rich, unhindered culture thriving in modern times, though kept secret from the world.
T'Challa's father T'Chaka is king of Wakanda and has the ceremonial title Black Panther as the chief of the Panther Tribe, but is killed when a bomb goes off at the United Nations making his son the Black Panther. "I'd eat six times a day".
And the movie isn't all serious, just so you know.
In regards to representation, it is important to see and hear characters that an audience can relate to.
"The intonations and melodies inside an African accent are just as classical as a British one or a European one". That's the way the story's been told forever.
In that thread, as well as another that fleshes out Killmonger's past, Coogler (who also co-wrote the script with Joe Robert Cole) has taken the source material - and a character introduced in 1966 - and delivered an unexpectedly relevant and timely movie, one with something to say woven into its fantastic trappings. And it was not Kevin [Feige] by the way. "This film is more than an exercise in diversity for Hollywood, it's a lesson on how to recover and move forward from society's mistakes", she suggested. "I think what was really fascinating and nearly very emotional for me, being that I'm Zimbabwean and American, that's something you always want", Gurira said.
"There's a lot of real-world conflict that you can bring to it". But in reality, Wakanda is a technological marvel, built on a vast store of the metal Vibranium, a powerful resource that has allowed the country to thrive in isolation, with vast, lovely cities hidden from outsiders by a power-shielding technology.