Marvel Studios presents “Black Panther” on Blu-Ray and DVD. It’s the story of T’Challa, a young African prince who takes on the mantle of King and Super Hero, and the centuries’ old legacy that comes with it.
BLACK PANTHER’S HISTORY WITHIN THE COMICS
Long known for its revolutionary creative vision, Marvel Comics has introduced its audiences to a diverse roster of Super Heroes since 1939, most notably with the groundbreaking Black Panther character that made its first appearance in “Fantastic Four Vol. 1” Issue 52, published in 1966.
Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s Black Panther was soon firmly established as a fan favorite, crossing racial and cultural lines. The imagery of a regal African King and his Super Hero alter ego continued to resonate with fans over the years, resulting in multiple new “Black Panther” publications most recently from the likes of filmmaker Reginald Hudlin and author/journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates.
BLACK PANTHER ON THE BIG SCREEN
In 2016, the Marvel Cinematic Universe welcomed T’Challa/Black Panther and introduced him to its massive fan base in “Captain America: Civil War,” the record-breaking hit film that pitted the Avengers against one another.
Marvel Studios president and “Black Panther” producer Kevin Feige says,
“The diversity in the Marvel Cinematic Universe goes back to the Marvel comics. I’ve always said we’re just trying to emulate what the comics have been doing so well for so many decades and one of those things is representing society as it exists. When the Black Panther character debuted in the ‘60s it was a daring move for the Marvel bullpen of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby to introduce this new character, an African character who is smarter than many of our other heroes and is stronger than most of our other heroes. To be able to put that on the big screen fifty years later is incredibly exciting for us.”
Over the years, plans for rolling out a “Black Panther” chapter into the Marvel Studios pipeline had been discussed but it ultimately came to fruition when Feige opted to showcase Black Panther in “Civil War” as a springboard for a stand-alone feature film.
It’s a move that garnered an immediate and thunderous response from fans who were drawn to the cool, young prince whose alter ego was an equally effective enforcer. More importantly, it further solidified the Marvel Studios’ commitment to explore all facets of the Marvel Cinematic Universe while satisfying a savvy and demanding fan base spanning both the comic and film genres.
THE STORY OF BLACK PANTHER
Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to take his rightful place as King. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.
- Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Get on Up”)
- Michael B. Jordan (“Creed,” “Fruitvale Station”)
- Academy Award® winner Lupita Nyong’o (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “12 Years a Slave”)
- Danai Gurira (“The Walking Dead,” “All Eyez on Me”)
- Martin Freeman (“Hobbit” trilogy, “Sherlock”)
- Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out,” “Sicario”)
- Letitia Wright (“Urban Hymn,” “Glasgow Girls”)
- Winston Duke (“Person of Interest, “Modern Family”)
- Academy Award® nominee Angela Bassett (“American Horror Story,” “London Has Fallen”)
- Academy Award® winner Forest Whitaker (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” Lee Daniels’ “The Butler”), and
- Andy Serkis (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”).
Black Panther is another blockbuster of Marvel. Of course, it’s an amazing action movie, but in contrast to its siblings, it lacks depth regarding cultural, emotional as well as characteristic aspects.
The African continent has much more to offer than ritual fights. So, we hope that Marvel uses the amazing power of the African culture, to bring it closer to us in the future.
Besides, the movie itself is entertaining and it completes Marvel’s universe.
Pictures: © Marvel Studios 2018