Black Panther Delivers On Its Hype. And How!

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Black Panther Delivers On Its Hype. And How!

Illustration: Sushant Ahire


ven for the uber-popular Marvel Cinematic Universe, which seems to take up more of our thoughts than the universe we live in, Black Panther has been subject to an inordinately high amount of interest ever since its announcement in January 2017. And with enough reason.

Hoping that everybody has forgotten 1998’s Blade starring Wesley Snipes, Marvel is pegging Black Panther as its first film starring a superhero of colour in a lead role. Black Panther was the first black superhero in comic book canon, so it’s only fitting that he breaks the monotony of cookie-cutter caucasian leads. Following Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America’s bloated trilogies, T’Challa’s first film is also a tonic to the glut of Marvel super-sequels. Apart from the character’s explosive introduction in Captain America: Civil War, the plot doesn’t rely on the other films in the MCU pantheon. Which is nice, because it gives the super-stacked cast, featuring Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B Jordan, Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, and Andy Serkis, room to do justice to the story.