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Black Panther review: "A serious claw-hold on scale and spectacle"

Black Panther review:

Spoken in a mystical dream, these words resonate across Ryan Coogler's splendid Black Panther, the MCU's 18th movie - and its first one centred on a superhero of African origin.

Blade notwithstanding, this is the first time an African comic book character from the big two comics publishers has had a standalone movie funded by a major studio. It shakes off a sluggish start thanks to a memorable cast of characters going up against Marvel's best-realized villain in nearly a decade.

Fragile allegiances fracture and CIA-trained operative Erik "Killmonger" Stevens (Jordan) chooses this moment to stage a bloody coup.

McDonald's organization MACCLID (McDonald & Associates Collective Collaboration-Light into Darkness) will host the screening February 15 at Regal McCain Mall.

It is remarkable how Coogler (who also wrote the script with Joe Robert Cole) has been able to give all these many characters, and others, their own story arc and weave them all together in masterful fashion.

Michael B. Jordan: 'Black Panther shows black kids they can be superheroes'

MACCLID is a partner of the Victory Over Violence campaign. He loves the comics and has really enjoyed Black Panther on Avengers Assemble. But, before we continue, I feel like this is a sentence that has been thrown around a lot. Now that the moment has arrived though, it feels like nothing less than a sea change: a wave started by Wonder Woman previous year and grown to full swell in Panther's moral weight and real-world currency.

Black Panther, starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, and Andy Serkis arrives in United Kingdom cinemas on 13 February. Vibranium makes up the suit that T'Challa dons as Black Panther, and its power is much guarded.

The film then takes us to Oakland, circa 1992, back when T'Chaka, the father of T'Challa, was Black Panther and king of Wakanda.

As such, it can be hard to separate what Black Panther means from what it is. Doubtless in the coming weeks many will muse on the impact of a blockbuster primarily focusing on struggles within the black community instead of racial injustice, but even in the superb recent series by Ta-Nehisi Coates and the artist Brian Stelfreeze, the Panther's principal concern was the welfare of Wakanda. "As actors, this is separate from the movie, when you're trained, you're trained often from a European perspective", Boseman said.

The supposedly cosmically vast Marvel Cinematic Universe, as it's called, spans planets peppered throughout the galaxy, but Ryan Coogler's Earth-bound "Black Panther", glittering and galvanizing, stands worlds apart. Yet it's The Walking Dead's Gurira who steals the show as the ferocious Okoye, gloriously swinging her spear in a billowing red gown. However after a couple of concept designs, the iconic panther claw chain that drapes Black Panther's cowl became the main inspiration for the influential soon to be hit album. I already know that Black Panther's weight in gold at the box office will be in repeat viewings, because we just won't want this cinematic experience to end.


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