Director Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther is the most impressive solo Marvel character debut since the original Iron Man. It’s arguably the best as well. Coogler didn’t just give us a superhero origin film. He introduced us to a fully realized, lived in, fantastical film we haven’t seen introduced since Star Wars.
Wakanda is a technological paradise filled with rich African culture mixed with amazing art and tech. Marvel has enough wealth of material to make a spinoff of just Wakanda.
The casting is also very well done. Chadwick Boseman once again brings a sense of regal and wisdom to the role of T’Challa, the Black Panther. Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger, despite being given some cheesy dialogue, is a villain that is relatable. Killmonger acts like a Magneto to Boseman’s Xavier-like T’Challa. When you can almost find yourself agreeing with Killmonger’s point of view, that’s when you know the film has created a fantastic villain.
Meanwhile, Danai Gurira’s Okoye demands more film time in future films or even a spin-off. Okoye and her army that protects T’Challa could give last year’s Amazons from Wonder Woman a run for their money. Letitia Wright’s Shuri also shines as a standout in the film. She is like the Q-like character from the James Bond films, supplying T’Challa with new tech that rivals most tech we’ve seen come out of Stark Industries.
To say Black Panther is groundbreaking only scratches the surface of how amazing this film truly is. For that HipsterZOMBIEJoint gives Black Panther a fantastic 9.9 out of 10.