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Who’s The Most Fashionable Marvel Hero?

A couple of days ago I wrote a post ranking the styles of Marvel’s finest, kickbutt heroines in the MCU and now it’s time to turn the lenses on the men of the franchise. Enjoy!

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Thor has never, up to this point, been one of the most fashionable heroes but Thor: Ragnarok has changed that narrative by providing him a brand new, much more awesome look. He also has a pretty cool suit as well which has seemed to got cooler looking through the years.

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This is the God of Thunder I’m talking about. That red cape can be seen from a mile away and it impeccably represents his heroism as he flies across the sky destroying his foes and looking quite heroic while being that incredible hero everybody loves so much.

7. Star-Lord

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Star-Lord isn’t one of the most stylish people in the galaxy but he has quite the fashion sense when it comes to his clothes. The ravager coat, the dark brown pants, the expressive alien text shirt, it all perfectly matches the cool 80s’ centric personality of Peter Quill.

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I mean, look at this outfit. If that isn’t nice looking I don’t know what is.

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‘Black Panther’ At Home

Yesterday I got Black Panther on Blu-Ray and I was so excited. The movie has become such a worldwide phenomenon that it’s literally still in theaters over three months into its box-office run and it has become one of the best critiqued superhero films of all time. So I figured on my second viewing Black Panther would be even greater than I remembered…. It wasn’t.

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When the movie first started I was totally pumped. I was excited to hear the music, get reacquainted with the story and the characters, and be surprised by all of the scenes that I had forgotten. And as I watched the two hour and fourteen minute film the longer the movie ran the more bored I became until the point where I was legitimately waiting for the film to end. The incredible score and Erik Killmonger are the only things that made this movie enjoyable for me yesterday. T’Challa wasn’t as cool as I remembered, the story, while it is very well written and well thought out, isn’t very rewatchable, the action was surprisingly boring, and oh my goodness, the CGI was horrendous. The major battle scene at the end was so poorly done that it looked more like a highly realistic game rather than a something I could imagine being real.

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Now like I said before the music is absolutely beautiful and really helps infuse the film with a cultural essence that helped make the movie incredible. And Erik Killmonger, wow, Michael B. Jordan took this character and ran with it. Erik was such a compelling character you really forget about T’Challa for a small while. I’m not saying his character was in the right in the movie, he truly was a monster consumed by hatred and revenge, but at least when he was on the screen the movie got REALLY good.

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Who Is The Most Fashionable Marvel Heroine?

As a woman I love costumes in movies, from Star Wars to Marvel and DC Comics to The Lord of the Rings, the heroes’ (and villains’) outfits are always a huge topic of mine whenever I’m watching a film. The clothes a character wears in a film is part of that character’s identity. It’s what makes you pick them out in a crowd and places an invisible stamp on that character’s personality. Well, with so many heroes in the MCU for the next two days I’m going to debate on which female and male heroes have the greatest style while they tackle bad guys or just trips to the next door corner store. Enjoy!

11. Wasp

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I like Wasp’s suit but it honestly isn’t as cool as I would’ve imagined. I thought the yellow would be more pronounced against the black of the suit but it’s still an interesting design. If they ever upgrade the suit in the future I want to see a brighter yellow.

10. Peggy Carter
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Peggy was a military officer and yet she still found a way to look beautiful and stylish in an officers uniform with her waved hair and red lipstick to stand out amidst all of the drab looking men. But don’t let her appearance fool you. She’s just as tough as the rest of the officers surrounding her which is why she’s so awesome.

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And if she wanted to be pretty she easily achieved that with this flirty yet classy red dress. Peggy was definitely much cooler than her grand-niece, Sharon Carter (sorry, Agent 13.)

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The Top Five Romances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Romance is a staple in superhero movies; from Superman’s iconic romance with reporter, Lois Lane to the love story between Spider-Man and Mary Jane, love is a main factor in a superhero’s life and this is very apparent throughout the MCU. From Iron Man to the franchise’s latest installment, Avengers: Infinity War, romance has helped humanize the characters and add greater depths to their stories. Now some romances have been very lackluster (Thor and Jane Foster/The Hulk and Black Widow) while other love stories have made the films actually better and I’m here to share with you my favorite ones. Enjoy!

5. Vision and Scarlet Witch

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The best romances are the ones that escalate over time and the romantic relationship between Vision and Scarlet Witch definitely did that. In Age of Ultron there was only a tad hint of chemistry between the two characters. In Civil War, which supposedly was a year later, the relationship between Wanda and Vision increased to something beyond mere friendship and started delving into the realm of love for the two. And then when we meet them again in Infinity War two years later they are legitimately a romantic couple.

Not only was the romance between them palpable and realistic, considering that it took a while to find a foothold, but when a love story can bring me to tears that’s when I know it’s a romance that has touched me. And that is why their love story is on this list.

4. Captain America and Agent Peggy Carter

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The relationship between Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter is one of the sweetest and most relatable romances in the MCU. Peggy was fond of Steve even before he got his incredible upgrade and then after taking the serum his heroism (and handsomeness) escalated Peggy’s view of him exponentially. The reason why this is one of my favorite romances is because Peggy wasn’t a damsel in distress. She was just as tough as Steve and just as benevolent and heroic as well. The fact that he “died” was a heartbreaking development in their relationship that would never fully come to pass.

I hadn’t even seen The First Avenger and the reunion between him and a much older Peggy Carter in The Winter Soldier made me cry. The regret on his face is so real and the elation from Peggy to know that he actually survived was enough to make anyone shed a tear. They definitely, to me, had one of the best romances in the franchise.

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Ranking the 19 Movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; from Worst to Best

The last time I wrote a post ranking all of the Marvel movies was in January of last year and at that time there were only 14 films within the MCU. Now with five more movies in the franchise’s repertoire and Avengers: Infinity War coming out nearly a week and a half ago I think it’s time to make an updated list. Enjoy!

19. The Incredible Hulk

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I’ve seen The Incredible Hulk and both times I watched I felt like I lost brain cells. There is nothing about this film that I particularly like. Edward Norton’s portrayal of Bruce Banner isn’t a great representation of the mad scientist. Liv Tyler as his love interest feels constrained and only serves the purpose for romance in the film. And the villain is one of the least memorable in the franchise. For Iron Man to be such a great success The Incredible Hulk feels like the exact opposite to me and that is why it’s my least favorite MCU film.

18. Thor: The Dark World

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Thor: The Dark World is a sloppy sequel that focuses too much on all of the wrong things. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) brings absolutely nothing to the film other than an excuse for romance in the movie. Her scientific colleagues provide only a slight bit of humor and could have been erased from the entire movie. And the villain is hands down the worst Marvel villain in the MCU with an evil plan that didn’t make any sense to me. The only good thing about this movie was Loki and his interactions with Thor in the film. His scenes were, I admit, rather enjoyable and helped lay down the foundation for Thor and Loki to become allies in the future. Too bad that wouldn’t last long. *sniffle*

17. Captain America: The First Avenger

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Captain America’s origin story could’ve been absolutely wonderful…and it was, for the first half of the movie. Seeing Steve Rogers in the mid-nineteenth century as this young man who could barely be a soldier because of his lack of health was astonishing, considering how incredible he would end up being. What wasn’t lacking however was his heroic spirit. He was stronger-willed than every other soldier and it showed in his constant determination. The story of Captain America was a truly inspiring tale but unfortunately while the movie had clear promise of being one of the greatest Marvel origin stories in the MCU there was just a lack of storytelling and the film fell flat. But it is a decent Marvel movie.

16. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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Guardians of the Galaxy was such a perfect film and so to see its sequel fall so short of the quality of its predecessor was just shocking. The humor felt unnaturally forced, the Guardians seemed to shout every word they spoke, and the overall story was just not that enjoyable. Now there was a compelling villain in Ego who was Peter’s dad but ended up becoming a total douchebag, a surprise I definitely did not see coming, but overall there should’ve been more character development for Gamora and Yondu’s death just wasn’t that emotional of a sacrifice.

15. Thor

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I went to see Thor when it came out in theaters in 2011 and while the origin story of Thor could’ve been absolutely phenomenal the movie’s quality quickly diminished the longer he stayed on Earth. The film took Thor way too seriously (which makes sense considering that his character in the comics and cartoons was always an austere man) and the inclusion of Jane Foster only worsened the film. Of course the shining light of this film is Loki who presents a compelling story as we see him go from being the beloved son of Odin to a treacherous villain bent on destruction. All in all, Thor could’ve been great but the creators behind the thunderous character just hadn’t figured out his secret sauce yet.

14. Iron Man 3

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Iron Man 3 is a film that explores, for the first time, the repercussions of being an Avenger as we see Tony deal with PTSD a year after the Battle of New York. That’s the compelling side of the movie but unfortunately it is lost within a silly film that tries not to take itself too seriously and ends up being more like an action Christmas comedy than a serious film in the veins of Civil War. The villain, Mandarin/Aldrich Killian, is kind of menacing…until he isn’t. There are some surprising moments in the movie but overall it’s definitely in the bottom tier of Marvel movies.

13. Iron Man

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This is, of course, the first film that started this ten year and counting journey with the MCU and while it will always earn my respect for what it was able to accomplish this movie really wasn’t one of my favorites. The villain is one of the most forgettable in the MCU. (See. I don’t even remember his name.) Pepper Potts is the cliché hot assistant that Tony Stark is infatuated with (thankfully the MCU made her more than an assistant later on in the films as they upgraded her to co-CEO of Stark’s empire.) And Terence Howard is the one playing the role of Colonel Rhodes which I’m glad was changed because Don Cheadle plays the part so much better. This movie just doesn’t have that compelling of a story to me and that’s why it’s so low on this list.

12. Ant-Man

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When I heard of this Marvel character named Ant-Man I was definitely intrigued. I had heard of Spider-Man and Batman but Ant-Man? What did his suit even look like? When I finally did see the film I was disappointed in the film’s corny, comedic aspect. It felt like a movie wrapped in the vein of a children’s animated flick rather than a PG-13 superhero film and while I don’t exactly have a problem with that it just wasn’t something I expected. Now I liked Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man/Scott Lang. He landed all of his jokes perfectly and made the film more enjoyable. I loved Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne because she was never a damsel in distress or utilized into the movie as just the love interest. She was more of a superhero than Ant-Man and so I’m excited seeing her taking the mantle of Wasp later on this summer. Girl power! 🙂

11. Iron Man 2

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A lot of people claim Iron Man 2 as a sloppy sequel but I happen to love this film. Yes, the villains aren’t that great but they’re more memorable than the villain in Iron Man and on top of that this is the film that introduced Black Widow into the fold of things. This is also the movie that brought War Machine into the mix as well and that seems pretty awesome to me. If you’re having a boring day and you need a good Marvel action film to watch this is definitely one of those fun matinee movies.

10. Avengers: Age of Ultron

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While I did enjoy Age of Ultron in the movie theaters and for quite a while after that it definitely suffers from disappointing sequel syndrome and this is why. It has some fun moments as it debuts two new compelling characters in Scarlet Witch and Vision but this movie is constantly being constricted by joke after joke after joke and after a while it becomes an annoying constant that refuses to go away. The unsuspected romance between Natasha and Bruce Banner seems terribly forced and unrealistic. There aren’t any major character developments for any of the characters besides Hawkeye, who we discover has a normal life as a husband and a father. And Ultron, who could’ve been a real menace to the Avengers, ended up becoming a weak version of the powerful antagonist Ultron is supposed to be as the writers turned him into a humorous robot who just so happened to want to make the Avengers and eventually all life on Earth extinct. Ooh, I’m so scared. *rolling my eyes* The trailers made Ultron seem absolutely terrifying and unfortunately he actually wasn’t. All in all, Age of Ultron could’ve been better but it’s definitely not in the bottom tier of Marvel films.

9. Doctor Strange

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Doctor Strange was definitely a risky entry into the MCU because of the, well, strangeness of the hero’s world, or realms I might say. This film introduced all of the weird possiblities the MCU could take the franchise and helped debut a new character that would end up becoming my favorite Marvel hero. They also took a risk by casting Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular hero and it paid off big time. He plays the role of Doctor Strange so well that I can’t imagine anyone else playing Doctor Strange. Unfortunately, while he is undoubtedly a shining light in the film, the story around him is a little boring at times but overall it’s undoubtedly better than the other ten movies behind it.

8. The Avengers

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Like Infinity War this film broke boundaries as it tackled bringing six of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes together to make a superhero team of the ages and Marvel prevailed. The Avengers became an instant cultural phenomenon and it was the first movie to make me fall in love with this franchise. I still remember going to see it in the theater and walking out of that theater incredibly happy at the film I had just witnessed. To see these characters that I had grown to know through their various films come together was a real treat. Of course, nowadays there are Marvel movies that have long since surpassed it in quality and sheer enjoyment but this film will always have a special place in my heart.

7. Spider-Man: Homecoming

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When Spider-Man debuted in Captain America: Civil War I was thrilled to have him be part of the MCU but then to find out he was going to have a stand-alone film the very next year was even more exciting. I, of course, hoped that the movie would be as enjoyable as he was in Civil War and it definitely was. In fact, I’m literally beaming just thinking about the film. There’s so much that’s right about the movie; from the characters surrounding Peter Parker to the shocking reveal within the film but if there is a negative to this movie it’s about thirty minutes too long. The film is nearly perfect but after a while it seems like the movie keeps going and going and I wish it was a little condensed. But it’s still undoubtedly one of my favorite Marvel movies.

6. Captain America: Civil War

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Civil War is a great film full of shocking revelations, fantastic action, and memorable character developments, but its main flaw is that it doesn’t have great viewing longevity. The first time I watched this movie I thought it was the best superhero movie of all time but after seeing it another three or four times that magical factor that I got the first time just wasn’t there anymore. Now it’s two years later and Civil War, while it is an absolutely marvelous film, just doesn’t possess that same pizzaz as it once did.

The story for Civil War is undoubtedly the third greatest story ever told behind Black Panther and Infinity War but it’s just a little…boring now compared to these next five films. I still love it though.

5. Thor: Ragnarok

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Taika Waititi saw that the previous two Thor films weren’t successes because the writers tried to take Thor too seriously so he took the Guardians of the Galaxy approach and made the entry into the Thor series a comedic action movie and it worked wonders. Gone was the unnecessary involvement of Jane Foster and she was replaced with a much cooler female character in Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie. This film also brought The Hulk into a fascinating and hilarious major role which was nice to see considering that he’s always been a side character while others like Iron Man and Captain America were given much more development than him. All in all, Thor: Ragnarok is literally a perfect movie and the only reason it isn’t higher is because the next four films are even better.

4. Guardians of the Galaxy

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Gaurdians of the Galaxy was, I’d say, Marvel’s biggest risk. I mean come on. A superhero group that involves a talking racoon, a talking tree, a grey and red shirtless alien man, a green woman, and an Earth dude? That could’ve easily been a terrible disaster on Marvel’s part but James Gunn took this bizarre group of heroes and made them cooler than the Avengers, at least for a while. The humor in this movie is spot on and perfectly fits the film, the story is impeccably told, the music is superb, and after four years I can still look at this movie and experience the same joy while watching it as I did the first time I saw this film. That’s pretty special and that’s why it stands as #4 on this list.

3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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For nearly four years straight this film has remained at the top of the list of Marvel movies for so many reasons. It isn’t one of the fanciest or the prettiest movies in the MCU but the story was so perfectly constructed, the shocking moments were well, shocking, the music was some of the best in the MCU, and it was just a GREAT film…but it has finally been dethroned simply because the next two movies are just in a word; better. I can’t believe this film has finally been knocked out of its top spot and I’m so glad about it. I will always still love this movie though.

2. Avengers: Infinity War

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Infinity War is a remarkable film and at times it definitely feels like the best Marvel film ever made but like Civil War it’s such a great film with so many unsuspecting shockers that when you watch it again that magic is unfortunately gone and so you’re just left with the movie. Now, this film is packed with compelling storylines, extremely fun action scenes, and exciting character interactions throughout its entirety which makes it better than Civil War by a long shot but it just doesn’t have that longevity that most of my favorite films do possess and that’s why I have it ranked as second. It has definitely raised the bar, however, of what I’ve come to expect in a Marvel film and I think it’s going to be really hard for Avengers to top this one.

1. Black Panther

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I would’ve never thought that Black Panther would end up becoming my favorite Marvel movie but there is something so undeniably perfect about this film that I can’t help but place it in the top spot. All of the characters fit into the movie perfectly, the action is purely awesome, the music infuses the film with a cultural essense that hasn’t been seen in the MCU yet, and the story is enticing from beginning to end. There haven’t been a lot of perfect Marvel movies but Black Panther is undoubtedly one of them and that’s why it’s no surprise that right now it holds the top spot as the highest-grossing superhero film of all time. Infinity War will undoubtedly surpass that by, if not the end of this week, sometime next week but it just goes to show how incredible Black Panther was to millions of viewers around the world. Wakanda Forever!

Well, this is my ranking of all nineteen movies in the MCU. It took a lot of thought making this list, especially between these last three films, but I couldn’t be happier in how it turned out. I thank you for reading and I hope you have a magnificent day.

 

 

 

 

 

My Ten Favorite Marvel Superheroes

A little over a month ago I wrote a post about my ten favorite superheroes and in that post, I had a list of my favorite Marvel and DC Comics heroes but after Avengers: Infinity War it’s time to reduce that list to only Marvel heroes and make some updates. Enjoy!

10. Bucky

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Okay, I didn’t even realize how much I liked Bucky until I saw him in the end-credits scene in Black Panther. I got giddily excited seeing him and that’s saying something. Throughout the films he has been in he has slowly begun to grow on me and now I can honestly say he is one of my favorite superheroes. Now was his return to Infinity War as grand as I imagined? Not really. But he still had plenty of time to be awesome and sometimes that’s all you need.

9. Scarlet Witch

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I knew Scarlet Witch was powerful but I didn’t know she was that powerful?! Every time I see her again she keeps evolving and her power becomes all the more impressive and Infinity War definitely highlighted that evolution more than once. Don’t mess with Scarlet Witch because she is clearly no joke.

8. Black Widow

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Black Widow is awesome, pure and simple, and the first scene that introduces her to Infinity War is clear proof of that. I love how far she’s come and how important of a member of the Avengers she has risen to because I remember when she was just the only female Avenger who has treated more like eye candy for the film rather than a hero just as vital to the superhero team as Captain America or Iron Man. Now that is not the case and I LOVE IT! Did I mention Black Widow is awesome? 🙂

7. Captain America

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The first time I was really introduced to Captain America was in The Avengers and I have to admit, I didn’t like him very much. He was too serious, his suit was awful, and he just didn’t fit into the team to me. I hadn’t seen the first Captain America film and so I didn’t really understand where he was coming from in The Avengers film. And then after The Winter Soldier, I seriously warmed up to the shield-bearing hero. He was a good man, he was benevolent, and he stood up for his beliefs in a heroic way. I loved Captain America after that film and my fondness for the hero has only grown since.

I love the new and improved Captain America and I was so glad to see him return to the fight as he prepared his troops (the other Avengers) for battle. Go Cap!

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Is It Just Me or Is ‘Black Panther’ and ‘The Lion King the Same Movie?

Black Panther has become the movie craze of the year so far as it has generated the most social buzz for a movie ever, has people yelling Wakanda Forever around the globe, and has become the highest grossing superhero movie of all time!!! And while all of this is absolutely spectacular I have discovered a huge conundrum with this film and it has something to do with The Lion King.

This past Friday I watched The Lion King after not having seen it in years and as I watched the movie I realized, to my great shock, that the story of Simba’s rise to becoming a king was nearly identical to T’Challa’s journey to becoming king of Wakanda. So, after discovering the stunning parallels to the two movies I had to write a post about it. Enjoy!

Both Simba and T’Challa’s Fathers Died Tragically

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For young Simba he had to witness his father Mufasa fall to a grisly death after Scar secretly killed him. For T’Challa his father was caught in a devastating explosion that ended up taking his life. Both Simba and T’Challa deeply loved their fathers and looked up to them as they were raised. The only difference between the two future kings was Simba ran away in fear while T’Challa plotted his revenge to kill his father’s murderer. And that leads me to my next parallel between the two characters.

Both Characters Saw Their Fathers in the AfterLife

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For Simba and T’Challa they had unique rites of passage that let them come into contact with their fathers in the afterlife and both moments for these characters were pivotal to their stories. Simba, after seeing his father again, decided to turn his back on the leisurely life he was living to pursue his title as King of Pride Rock. T’Challa, after his final encounter with his father, decided to open Wakanda to the world after learning the terrible truth his father had tried to keep from him that he had killed T’Challa’s uncle and left his nephew stranded and orphaned in the United States. That decision to leave Erik behind almost led to the doom of Wakanda.

Simba and T’Challa Were Both Thought To Be Dead

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One of the major story lines in Black Panther and The Lion King was the disappearance of Simba and T’Challa when their countries needed them most. For Simba he ran away as a child after his father’s death, leaving the lionesses and the other animals within the region under the tyrannical reign of Scar. T’Challa was presumed to be dead after his confrontation with Erik Killmonger and Killmonger assumed the throne, casting Wakanda into a dark time indeed. And that leads to yet another parallel between the two movies.

The Main Villains of Both Films Were Family Members

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In The Lion King Simba’s arch nemesis was his uncle Scar who wanted control over Pride Rock and the throne for his own selfish gains. In Black Panther T’Challa’s main foe was his African-American cousin, Erik Killmonger, who wanted to take the mantle of king since he felt it was his rightful place as second heir to the throne. That’s a very blatant parallel between the two films.

These four topics are the most blaring similarities between the two movies. Black Panther is, of course, the much better told story of the two as it is crafted for older audiences and presents ideas and topics that really resonated with the world and its internal struggles today. And besides, it’s a fun Marvel film. You can’t beat that. But it’s kind of disappointing to find out this incredible superhero flick that I thought was so original was just a ripoff of an iconic Disney film that came out two dozen years ago. Both films had their slight differences but each film’s main gist was nearly identical! I couldn’t believe it!

It also feels a little strange considering The Lion King was a fictional Disney movie based in Africa through the story of Africa’s animals and over two decades later another Disney film has arrived starring a superhero’s journey out of Africa and it was basically the exact same story. They really couldn’t make a fantastic Black Panther film with an original plot? Does this mean we’re going to have another Disney movie set in Africa twenty-four years from now in 2042 that’ll be an updated version of Black Panther‘s story? I guess Disney’s logic was this; if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. *shrug*

I still love Black Panther though. I’m just surprised at how unoriginal the movie actually is.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a magnificent day.