‘Black Panther’ brings culture to screen

Poster of King T'Challa standing on the panther rock in Wakanda.

Poster of King T'Challa standing on the panther rock in Wakanda.

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courtesy of Joblo

Poster of King T'Challa standing on the panther rock in Wakanda.

Sophia Comas, Features Editor

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In yet another addition to Marvel’s collection of superhero origin stories, “Black Panther” proves to be an action-packed film that includes many cultural traditions commonly ignored in the entertainment industry.

With astounding performances from Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira, it’s no surprise that the movie has been dominating the box office with over $700 million in just its second week.

The plot follows the newly coronated T’Challa, king of the fictional African country Wakanda. The crowning ceremony has him accept the role of the Black Panther, making him the prime protector of his people. His job also includes continuing his county’s practice of isolationism and hiding what resources they have, such as the substance they thrive off of, vibranium, for fear of its future misuse. When an outsider threatens their safety and long-upheld sovereignty, it’s up to T’Challa and his people to stop him from destroying their home, along with assistance from American CIA agent Everett K. Ross, portrayed by Martin Freeman.

Combining choreographed fight scenes with emotional twists of love and loss, “Black Panther” displays the struggles of countries at war as well as internal conflicts with oneself.

Not only does “Black Panther” depict African tradition and culture, but it being the first Marvel movie with a primarily black cast is just one of the few reasons it has been so successful.

“Black Panther” defies stereotypical movie plots by also creating a cast where the vast majority of the warriors are women. The movie features positive female role models that don’t conform to the common trope found in hero stories of a damsel in distress.

“Black Panther” is exciting and heart-wrenching all in one. It gives many young boys and girls great role models to look up to as well as adding humor and fun. It trumps all other Marvel movies by introducing cultural practices and races not commonly depicted in such an accurate manner and is definitely worth the few hours of time it takes to watch it.

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‘Black Panther’ brings culture to screen