Welcome to Wakanda


Edric Parker, Opinions Editor

This article will go over many aspects of the movie, some in-depth, therefore for readers who have yet to see the movie: SPOILER ALERT!

On February 16, the world was introduced to Marvel’s Black Panther, directed by Ryan Coogler. The movie would later go on to pass Titanic as the 9th highest-grossing film of all time. Starring Chadwick Boseman (42) and Michael B. Jordan (Creed) as the central focus, the blockbuster hit brought in $43 billion in ticket sales. There are also many respected actresses, including Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead), and Letitia Wright, who play the roles of empowering women.

The story focuses on T’Challa (Boseman) who is on the road to accepting the throne as King of Wakanda and the title of Black Panther. Meanwhile, his biggest threat to the throne arrives in the form of Erik Killmonger, played by Jordan, who wants the title of King to start an empire.

The main cast of Black Panther

Black Panther is easily a contender to becoming “movie of the year” as it grabs the attention of its audience with a unique storyline while touching on political and societal issues. The greatest part of the movie, however, is the main antagonist of Killmonger (Jordan). Although he is the villain, Killmonger isn’t purely evil and his stance as an extremist is understandable and partially justifiable. At times we are able to feel for him and in a way, we secretly want him to win. While T’challa was being groomed to become an African king with the support of his royal ancestry, Killmonger was abandoned as a child with a rough upbringing to become a product of his harsh environment in America.

Michael B. Jordan steals the spotlight with every scene that Killmonger makes an appearance, and truly embodies his role as a man who is filled with anger and revenge, while also being in pain. To top it off, Killmonger drops one of the greatest last words in cinema history: “Bury me in the ocean with my ancestors that jumped from the ships, because they knew death was better than bondage”. . . iconic.

The main hero is also captivating as well. T’Challa holds the mantle as Black Panther and is torn between the decision to keep his nation a secret to the rest of the world to uphold Wakandan tradition or provide aid to others in need with their advanced resources. Which, in return, will make Wakanda a target for other nations. In the end, T’Challa learns from the people around him while trying to correct the wrongs done by past kings.

Chadwick Boseman does an amazing job portraying a young king trying to make the right decisions for his people, while also defending his throne from the serious opposition. His display of Black Panther as a vulnerable yet prideful hero makes the phrase “Wakanda Forever” come to life.

Black Panther has become both a hit and a widespread event in Pop Culture. It has also had the effect of becoming the most successful movie to have a primarily Black cast. To many excited viewers, the idea of an African king and Black leading actors in a major film was refreshing, as Black characters usually share the spotlight in most films. Black Panther also incorporates its women as the backbone of an advanced society, as each female character is as complex and intriguing as the men. Therefore showing that diversity in the depictions of race can be greatly received by the rest of the world if done properly.

Go check out Black Panther still in theaters and coming soon to digital, as well as its soundtrack put together by Kendrick Lamar and various artists to embody the feeling of the movie. Black Panther is a memorable experience that will have you desperately wanting to become a citizen of Wakanda for days. #WakandaForever