The Striking Parallels of the Black Panther’s Journey and What It Means for Shuri Moving Forward

If you’ve been following my blog or my Twitter page recently you will know that I LOVE Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. I was already excited about the movie but when I actually sat in my local IMAX theater and watched it I was blown away by its profound storytelling and awe-inspiring moments. Shuri commanded the screen as the film’s lead and Namor pierced my heart with his searing performance, instantly joining my personal pantheon of favorite Marvel characters.

The movie, now having received five Academy Award nominations including Best Supporting Actress for Angela Basset, is filled with layers upon layers of details that make the film all the more rewarding. But a striking detail that I actually discovered several months ago but have only now decided to share is the fascinating parallels between T’Challa and Shuri’s journeys as the Black Panther. Let’s dive deeper.

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I Finally Watched ‘Rashomon’

Akira Kurosawa is one of the most acclaimed directors of all time, maybe the greatest, for his outstanding contribution to cinema history. The only movie I’ve seen of his has been Seven Samurai, a film that I personally felt was a bit overrated. I found the movie to be long, tedious, and not as profoundly brilliant as I had heard so many times before. (Here’s my review of the movie: Seven Samurai.) On the other hand, Rashomon is truly remarkable.

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‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ At Home

When I watched this movie four months ago I was blown away by how powerful this film was. I already liked Black Panther but its sequel feels like a masterpiece in comparison.

I’ve now watched this movie twice in two days once it dropped on Disney+ and that’s because it is beyond outstanding. From the costume design to the action sequences, from the characters to the profoundly moving story, all the way to the fact that this is, in part, a dedication to a real man who died unexpectedly: Chadwick Boseman. The fact that Ryan Coogler was able to deliver an origin story for Namor, an origin story for Shuri’s Black Panther, and still allow it to be a tale about grief in the waking of Boseman’s passing is astounding.

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