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Movie Review: Black Panther

Brian Cano, Quedus Babalola
Staff Writer, Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor

The latest film from Marvel Studios, “Black Panther,” did not disappoint. Chadwick Boseman plays the lead role of T’Challa, the next king of Wakanda, a ctional country. Since he is the protagonist and soon-to-be-ruler, he is supposed to be the protector of its citizens as well. The antagonist, Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) went face-to-face with the T’Challa for the throne. 

T’Challa ends up losing the fight, but is granted the powers of a black panther in order to defeat the unfit king. It’s safe to say that the director did a good job simply because the movie has made millions of dollars. On the day of the films release, the films box o ce revenue was 25 million dollars.

“The film was entertaining and has a strong plot with a strong cast, but [it’s] definitely not the best Marvel movie of all time,” Jonathan Gaviria, a student at Adelphi University said.

“The film set the platform for what lies ahead in the nearby future: Avengers Infinity War,” Gaviria said. The new film will depict classic Marvel superheroes including Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, The Winter Soldier, Hulk, Spider Man, Black Panther, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy and more. These characters will come together and fight for the greater good of the human race.

“I think the Black Panther movie will provide more hype for the Marvel franchise,” Erick Cifuentes, a student at Farmingdale State College, said. “The fans will look forward to seeing ‘the king’ in action in Infinity War against Thanos.” It is safe to say that the Black Panther film has made its mark in the Marvel World and will ease its way into the new film Avengers Infinity War.

The buzz behind “Black Panther” within the African-American community has been very positive. Instead of racism and injustice to people of color, the movie centered around the Black Panther superhero and the Wakanda nation. Though some may perceive the movie as racist, it’s the same thing as going to see a Spiderman, Superman or Batman film, but this time, the lead character is African. Fans even wore tribal outfits to see the film.

Overall, the movie showed African-Americans loud and clear why representation matters, and that no matter what, they should be proud of their background. Wakanda forever.

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