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Revisit Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ during Black History Month for an action-filled escape

5/5 Stars

Rotten Tomatoes rates “Black Panther,” directed by Ryan Coogler, as the No. 1 Black History Month movie on their top watch list. Sit down with the action and adventure film and enjoy jumping back into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a way to passively take part in the importance of Black History Month. “Black Panther” is available for streaming on Disney+ with a runtime of two hours and 15 minutes.  

Like many other Marvel movies, the film, co-written by Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole, was based on the classic Marvel comics written by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee. Starring the late Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, many other notable actors were cast such as Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, Letitia Wright as Shuri and Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia. Regarded as a fantastic film for costume design, Ruth Carter designed the intricate costumes. 

The film is widely praised throughout the United States as it is a movie that’s accessible for all fans, whether you have or haven’t watched a Marvel movie, to enjoy. Dan Buffa of KSDK News (St. Louis) elaborates on this idea.

“Here’s the thing: you can enjoy Black Panther without having seen a single Marvel film beforehand.” He goes on to explain how Black Panther, played by Chadwick Boseman, “has a confidence and ability to dig deep into a part that seems superficial on the surface, and makes it incredibly fun to watch.” 

Kelechi Ehenulo from Confessions of a Geek Mind touches on how this film relates to movements such as the Black Lives Matter and the civil rights movements. 

“Black Panther not only stands up as a Hollywood blockbuster but conveys an adult and chronological context that touches upon slavery, the Civil Rights movement, Black Lives Matter and the current African-American plight,” Ehenulo said. 

Additionally, in her review of the 2018 Black Panther film, she proves to audiences everywhere that this is Marvel at its best. 

Ricardo Gallegos, a popular film critic, went into depth on the power behind this film.

“Black Panther is not just a superhero flick, it’s a meaningful cultural hit that shows the power of diversity to tear down walls,” Gallegos writes via Rotten Tomatoes. 

Overall, on IMDb, the 2018 Black Panther earned 7.3 stars out of 10. The movie won three Oscar awards: Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score), Best Achievement in Costume Design and Best Achievement in Production Design. The film was nominated for numerous other Oscar Awards, Golden Globe Awards, the BAFTAAwards and the Screen Actors Guild.

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