By Oliva Alesnik
‘Black Panther’ is the newest Marvel superhero movie everyone is flocking to theaters to see.
‘Black Panther’ first made an appearance in the July 1966 ‘Fantastic Four’ comic book #52 and the ‘Captain America: Civil War’ movie in 2016. After positive remarks, producers Kevin Feige and David J. Grant decided to give Black Panther his own movie.
The storyline is fairly generic: After the death of his father, T’Challa, played by Chadwick Boseman, returns home to the African nation of Wakanda. An imposter by the name of Erik Killmonger, played by Michael B. Jordan, comes to steal T’Challa’s throne.
With the help of his sister Shuri, played by Letitia Wright, love interest Nakia, played by Lupita Nyong’o, and bodyguard Okoye, played by Danai Gurira, the Black Panther is unstoppable.
The whole movie leads up to the last fight between T’Challa, aka Black Panther, and Erik Killmonger.
Kendrick Lamar produced the soundtrack for this movie and worked with various artists including SZA, Khalis, Swae Lee, Travis Scott, and The Weeknd. This album is available on Spotify, App Music, YouTube and Soundcloud.
I personally loved this movie: Cultural representation has been increasing lately, and with this movie, it really hit home. Growing up, the girls in superhero movies were white, and society sent the message that you are only beautiful and powerful if you look like them.
Marvel used their resources to make a masterpiece. Young black girls all over America are drawn to this film. I was captivated because the movie shows black women as powerful, beautiful and graceful.
This movie encompassed my culture on many levels. My ancestors are from Africa, and Americans don’t often address this side of culture. The movie shows how you can be any color, come from any part of the world and be any age to be a hero.
My personal rating is a 9.5/10.