I’ve watched Black Panther three times since I got it last week on Blu-Ray and I can honestly say, it is a GREAT movie. Every time I’ve watched it it’s gotten better which is an impressive feat from a Marvel film and it makes me completely understand how it ended up having such an incredible box-office run that it’s STILL in theaters nearly four months after it came out in mid-February. The last time I watched Black Panther I came from the film beaming with joy and just marveling at how remarkable the movie’s story is. And then I realized, the main reason for its success is that, while it definitely feels like a Marvel movie, the writers didn’t incorporate too much of the MCU into the film, which they easily could’ve done.
Like Guardians of the Galaxy it stands in a realm all by itself with barely any outside distractions. There weren’t any last-minute save-the-days from a fugitive Captain America coming to help his newfound buddy, King T’Challa, against the tyrannical rule of Erik Killmonger. Falcon didn’t make any surprise appearances. And Bucky didn’t bust out of his medical-induced sleep to fight alongside his Wakandan friends. The only characters that were brought from the outside world was Klaue and CIA agent Everett Ross, both of which weren’t very important characters in their general MCU debuts but became important pieces to this new story. I think this is the recipe for Black Panther‘s booming success.
Wakanda feels like another world that’s perfectly secluded for the film so that we get to enjoy the native and cultural significance oozing from the locations, clothing, and characters in the movie rather than having the more mainstream visual sights and characters barging their way into the film. And that also shows how superb of a film Black Panther really is.
Even incredible Marvel movies like Thor: Ragnarok and Spider-Man: Homecoming had to incorporate crossover characters like Doctor Strange and Iron Man to truly make the films all the more enjoyable. T’Challa and the fascinating world of Wakanda was all Black Panther needed to create a movie so good it exceeded ALL expectations, including mine. And Avengers: Infinity War is a great example of this.
Having the Avengers and the war against Thanos come to Wakanda wasn’t a bonus to the African nation but only hindered its awesomeness. Seeing Captain America and Black Panther fight side by side wasn’t the visual treat that I expected and seeing the beautiful land of Wakanda being razed in the way that it did was kind of heartbreaking, especially after what the cinematic triumph of Black Panther achieved by creating this magnificent world ruled by beautiful black people steeped in African lore and Afro-futurism. The only great character interplay that I truly enjoyed in the movie was seeing General Okoye, Black Widow, and Scarlet Witch fight alongside each other against Thanos’s female warrior, Proxima Midnight. It was a trio I could’ve never seen coming and it was totally AWESOME! Women rule!
All in all, I love Black Panther for so many reasons but the fact that I can watch it and that it feels so new, fresh, and unlike the other Marvel movies is really it’s blaring triumph. I hope its sequel remains in this seclusive vein and doesn’t include any outside characters (unless they are brand new heroes being introduced into the MCU) because I enjoy following the story of T’Challa, Okoye, Shuri, Nakia, etc. without the distractions of other Avengers stealing their spotlight.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a marvel-ous day.