The new Marvel movie, Black Panther, impresses viewers not only with the usual stunts and action that are present in an Avengers film, but with an almost fully black cast and a unique celebration of African tradition.
Black Panther takes place in the fictional African country of Wakanda, which has been hidden away from the rest of the world due to their unique possession of vibranium. This substance is the strongest metal in the world, which has allowed them unbelievable advances in technology.
In Wakanda, the king is given superhuman powers through the consumption of a heart-shaped herb in order to protect the people of the country. This leader with power is called “The Black Panther.”
T’Challa, the newly crowned king of Wakanda, and also the newest Black Panther, must battle for his throne, and for the welfare of his people against an unexpected foe, proving along the way that kindness and family are more important than pride and revenge.
This impressive film features a 90% black cast, showing the strength and agility of Africa, along with a vast representation of a blend of African cultures.
Most evident in the costumes, designers Ruth Carter and Hannah Bleacher combined the traditional garments of South Africa, Nigeria, Lesotho, Namibia, Benin, Ethiopia, and other countries to represent the variety of people that make up Wakanda, according to Quartz.
This unusual movie is proving that this type of film is long overdue, grossing roughly $704 million worldwide since its release a mere two weeks ago. Clearly, Marvel was right in thinking that a film which shows Africa as bountiful, colorful, and powerful was something that the world needed.
But can college students in rural Utah relate to a film like this? Absolutely. Seeing the diversity of the world, which is something people in Utah don’t often get to experience, is worth the price of a movie ticket alone. Taking a step back from the culture they are exposed to in order to delve into one that is so different from their own is an experience that leaves them walking away from this film with more than just a memory of an epic battle scene (which is included).
This film is impressive, with its remarkable advances in technology, celebration of culture unknown to most Utahns, and, yes, it’s action and suspense. Black Panther is clearly a movie worth seeing.