Black Panther: Best Marvel Movie Ever??

Monday was slowly going down hill for me until I realized that the new Black Panther trailer dropped. Dare I say — Black Panther may be the best movie Marvel has done to date. Before I get into the why, let’s check out the trailer:

Now that you’ve peeled yourself off the floor, let me give the synopsis of the storyline:

After the events of Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa returns home to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country’s new leader. However, T’Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from factions within his own country. When two foes conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must team up with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje, Wakanadan special forces, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war. Summary courtesy of

Here are a few things that stood out to me:

  1. Chadwick Boseman was the best choice for Black Panther. I was a bit skeptical about him taking on this role after the last Marvel movie but now seeing him as a standalone — Wow!
  2. Wakanda is gangsta! We’ve all read about how advanced the Wakanda is but to see it at scale is mindblowing. The cinematography shots were epic in the trailer. Epic!
  3. Angela Bassett as his mother. All hail the queen!
  4. Michonne from “The Walking Dead” (real name: Danai Gurira) as his right-hand woman — uh, yes please!
  5. I can’t tell if Lupita’s character, Nakia, takes a turn the way she does in the comic books.
  6. Michael B. Jordan as the villain in this movie? Yes! I love seeing him play a slightly different character than normal. He’s usually the underdog but it’s good to expand his depth.

So, why do I think this movie will be the best of the MCU? This movie has embodied everything that Marvel has been about: great storytelling, awesome casting, great character development and cinematography of the stuff dreams are made of. When we look at IronMan and upcoming movies like the Infinity Wars, we realize just how much of an impact MCU has had on film. They are really pushed the limits of everything and figured out a formula that totally works.

Social media is abuzz about the trailer drop but also what this means for Marvel too. We know there are going to be a handful of new movies from the cinematic universe dropping over the next two years, with Thor coming out in just two weeks. I get the feeling that Marvel has some other things up their sleeves when considering how busy they have been lately. If anything, I think we should all hold on tight for this wild ride.

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