Black Panther Promo Calls Out All of MCU's Nods to Wakanda

Anita Tucker
February 9, 2018

While Ryan Reynolds' metatextual superhero movie Deadpool now holds the record for top February box office weekend at $132.4 million, Black Panther's most conservative opening estimate is $130 million.

Directed by Ryan Coogler, Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa/Black Panther, Lupita Nyong'o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, Daniel Kaluuya as W'Kabi, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Forest Whitaker as Zuri, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Florence Kasumba as Ayo, John Kani as T'Chaka, Sterling K. Brown as N'Jobu, Michael B. Jordan as Erik Kilmonger, Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue, and Winston Duke as M'Baku (Man-Ape).

On Tuesday, the hashtag #WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe began trending, bringing attention to the importance of representation in pop culture.

No MCU movie or DCEU film has ever achieved a rating that high from Tomatometer-certified critics, with Wonder Woman's 92% and Captain America: Civil War's 91% being the scores to beat, but Black Panther is in good stead to set a new record. I mean if "we" bring the gasoline, and "we" light the fire, why should we be screaming "help me?"

The Marvel comics universe delivered its latest offering to the big screen - "Black Panther" - and the reviews are as good as it gets.

Black Panther tells the gripping story of T'Challa who, after the death of his father returns home to his technologically advanced African nation to take his rightful place on the throne as the king of Wakanda.

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Business Insider said that "Black Panther" arrived at a ideal time. "T'Challa is exactly the kind of leader everyone hopes to serve - soft-hearted, able to make tough decisions, and always putting his people first". "Black Panther" broke the chains of mediocrity.

Fans and newcomers alike should take notice of Black Panther The Album (Music From and Inspired By), produced and curated by Kendrick Lamar and Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith, which will be released on Friday, February 9.

Michael B. Jordan as Killmonger was completely delicious.

The movie arrives after years of criticism about the under representation of actors and filmmakers of color in Hollywood, including the #OscarsSoWhite campaign that prompted the Academy of Motion Pictures to increase diversity in its predominantly while, male membership.

"At first, he was just going to do a few songs for the film", Coogler said.

IndieWire called it 'the best Marvel movie so far, by far'. However, most notably there were multiple new "Black Panther" publications from the likes of filmmaker Reginald Hudlin and author/journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates.

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