By Travis Trombley
Yet this movie manages to feel fresh, and not just because the skin color of its cast is a darker shade than that of its predecessors. Naye, it’s the quality of the script that stands out here. Recent installments like Doctor Strange, Spider-Man Homecoming, and Thor Ragnarok attempt to establish coherent themes, but faulty binaries and unearned character transitions undercut authenticity. Black Panther suffers no such stumbling block.
Characters in this film not only feel real in the sense that each sensibly belongs in this world, but they effectively weave a web of worldviews that breathe life into the action-packed exploration of personal morality at the heart of this film. It fulfills so well that unique role of the superhero story: to give arguments bodies so they can beat each other up. And this debate is indeed a joy to experience: narratively compelling, visually captivating, and surprisingly funny.
A King is Only as Good as His Court
In this, he’s shares much with another famous Marvel villain named Erik who survived a traumatic childhood only to adopt an extremist worldview that’s equal parts well-intended protectionist and violently retributive.