Ryan Coogler’s critically acclaimed comic-book movie torpedoes stereotypes and is a rollicking good ride. Are you on Team Wakanda?
It may no longer boast that impressive 100% Rotten Tomatoes score (though 97% isn’t too bad), but Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther remains on course to be the year’s most critically acclaimed comic-book movie. It is certainly the most radical, for which other superhero flick has dared to imagine a future where the achievements of African scientists dwarf those of their western counterparts, or the denizens of troubled American ghettos turn their eyes to the land of their ancestors for foreign aid?
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Moreover, Black Panther is a rollicking good ride, perhaps the most purely joyous Marvel movie since the first Guardians of the Galaxy. But what did you think of Coogler’s film? Is Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther ready to take his place among the grand pantheon of Marvel heroes? Here’s a chance to give your verdict on the movie’s key talking points.
Marvel has never been short on out-of-this-world tech, but the futuristic nation of Wakanda makes Tony Stark’s basement look like a primary school science lab. There are mass transit networks that appear to defy gravity, dreaming city spires that reach higher than the Shard, and cloaking technologies that allow an entire nation to be concealed from the outside world. But despite being the most technically advanced nation on the planet, Wakanda remains unashamedly sub-Saharan African, with Coogler suggesting the future needn’t always be viewed through an Anglo-Saxon prism.
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The fictional nation’s scientific superiority comes to the fore during a segue in which Team Wakanda heads to Seoul on a mission to take out Andy Serkis’ nefarious Ulysses Klaue. Some critics have noted with disappointment how heavily these scenes borrow from a certain suave British spy with a penchant for eccentrically mixed Martinis – Letitia...
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