Michael B. Jordan: 'Black Panther shows black kids they can be superheroes'

Michael B. Jordan: 'Black Panther shows black kids they can be superheroes'

The traditional-meets-futuristic costumes and jewelry, by Ruth E. Carter, are ravishingly detailed.

Filmmaker Ryan Coogler's critically acclaimed Black Panther continues its historic run-up into theaters, outpacing all previous movies released in the first quarter in terms of advance ticket sales on market leader Fandango.

Marking a cultural milestone for the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the movie industry as a whole with its predominantly African and African-American cast, Black Panther tackles the issue of isolationism. The fighting skills on display and technology accompanying them thanks to Wright's brilliant and wildly fun Shuri offer some of Black Panther's most entertaining and jaw-dropping moments. "The cast combines African and African-American actors, and the national language of Wakanda is, in fact, Xhosa".

But his mission isn't initially so clear, as he and a band of rogues, led by Andy Serkis' black-market arms dealer Ulysses Klaue, begin causing havoc for T'Challa. "We haven't really seen this".

Ever since that debut, the Wakandan drumbeat has only grown louder in anticipation of the first solo film for T'Challa - a character created a long half-century ago by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, amid the heat and height of the civil rights movement. The superhero movie doesn't launch in the U.S. until Friday, February 16, which is still over a week away at the time of writing. Vibranium makes up the suit that T'Challa dons as Black Panther, and its power is much guarded. "We haven't had a black character who wasn't dependent on white characters in the forefront", said Shawn Taylor, who co-founded Nerds of Color. T'Challa must prove that he is worthy to be king.

I began to get suspicious when I dug into the reviews.

"As such, it can be hard to separate what Black Panther means from what it is".

As a goddess, ambassador, and evil force-fighting female member of the Justice League, Wonder Woman doesn't have time for hallucinations - or sitting down for an entire drink. "And why is that?" Even in the superhero-infused world, it seems this one stands out.

Coogler opens with exposition on Wakanda, a mighty African country that appears from the outside, as one Western sneers, as "Third World". The dispute between Charles Francis Xavier and Magneto in X-Men was seen as a metaphor for that between, respectively, Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. No hype. It's that good.

Priest gave us more than a hero. As he showed in Creed's stunning boxing sequences, Coogler has a fine command of kinetic energy. You guys are the best. The score places Black Panther ahead of Iron Man, The Avengers, Thor: Ragnarok (which initially debuted at 95 percent before decreasing by a few points), and Spider-Man: Homecoming as the highest-rated Marvel films on Rotten Tomatoes.

Editor-in-Chief Mary Spencer, a senior English major from Kearney, had this to say about Marvel's quickly approaching release: "I'm most excited for 'Black Panther' coming out".

"It's about seeing themselves represented on that screen. 'I know you're looking up to me, but we're looking up to you'".

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