Black Panther no. 1 in the theaters

Ruben Ruiz
February 20, 2018

For years, Zavier Thompson has followed of Marvel superhero movies. "I collect comic books myself, and love all them superheroes".

However, it soon became a trend to release Marvel movies nearly every four months, which made viewers a bit desensitized to superhero movies.

Since then, Black Panther has become far more than just a popular tentpole title. Now that the movie is out, all fears have been allayed. It received an A+ on Cinema Score and now has a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes - making it the highest rated superhero flick on the site, beating out Iron Man and The Dark Knight.

Thanks to an Albuquerque educator, the aspiring hip-hop and spoken word artist finally got his wish Thursday when he was given tickets to a private screening of "Black Panther". What was the socio-political context of coming up with a black superhero?

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Now in theaters, director Ryan Coogler's Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa/Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan as N'Jadaka/Erik "Killmonger" Stevens, Lupita Nyong'o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, Daniel Kaluuya as W'Kabi, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Winston Duke as M'Baku, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Forest Whitaker as Zuri and Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue. In addition to all that, there is also another commonality between the two: Florence Kasumba, the German-Ugandan actress who appears in both Wonder Woman (as Themyscira Senator Acantha) and Black Panther (as Dora Milaje member, Ayo). The character is not a cardboard villain but a much-nuanced personality who has hidden, personal motives for wrecking havoc on T'Challa. The lush, arcadian landscapes, blended with the depiction of the technical marvel that Wakanda is, create a fascinating visual palette that is most soothing to the eye. Social media blew up over the weekend with enthusiastic comments, colorful photos and videos of fans in their finest Black Panther outfits. Soon, T'Challa releases the power of the Black Panther and is faced with betrayal and grave danger while trying to eliminate his enemies and secure the safety of his country and his people. When I work with kids in the city, I think they think people who look like them don't have a right to be successful; they expect for us to be successful because we're not black.

What a movie, full of action and adventure.

Sure, they have grossed a lot of money, Robert Downey Jr is flawless as Tony Stark and it was cool to see Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk, Captain America, Black Widow, Ant-Man, and Spider-Man come together for the likes of "The Avengers", "Age Of Ultron", and "Civil War", but the nagging naysayers would always be quick to remind fans that these films were just passable action and flashy style over any actual emotional substance or cinematic merit.

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