Win tickets to see a sneak preview of Marvel's Black Panther

Win tickets to see a sneak preview of Marvel's Black Panther

Win tickets to see a sneak preview of Marvel's Black Panther

"Black Panther", the new Marvel film starring Chadwick Boseman, was always going to make history, was always going to be important, was always going to make money.

Backstory: T'Challa (Black Panther) rules the fictional, never colonized African nation of Wakanda as its king after the death of his father, T'Chaka.

Black Panther opens in theaters on February 16th.

Much fuss will undoubtedly be made of the blows that Black Panther strikes so emphatically. The MCU films have been inspired by the design seen in Ta-Nehisi Coates' Black Panther comic run, where the suit forms around the body. He plays a confidant to T'Challa and his best friend, who is the head of security for the Border Tribe, a faction of Wakanda that serves as the first line of defence and helps maintain the disguise that Wakanda is an agrarian society, unlike its actual technologically-advanced status. Thank God (and great casting agents) for the women beside him, including his regal mother Ramonda (Angela Bassett), brainiac baby sister Shuri (Letitia Wright), and fearless warrior-protector Okoye (Danai Gurira). The figure stands almost 7-inches tall and boasts over 30 points of articulation, a cloth outfit recreating that of King T'Challa's Vibranium suit, detailed accessories, two head portraits (one masked and one unmasked), and a shield and spear.

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Amid reports about the thwarted "Black Panther" sabotage, "Black Panther" director Ryan Coogler said such plans did not bother him at all. It's something he ponders until he learns that Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis), now sporting an arm cannon since "Age of Ultron", is causing trouble with the Vibranium he possesses. A terrific screenplay from Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole elevates this thing way beyond the usual boundaries of the Marvel Universe. Oscar-nominated costume designer Ruth E. Carter researched and travelled across Africa seeking inspiration and studying patterns, colors, beadwork, and silhouettes ensuring that the costuming in the film was not only true to the story but that all of the looks felt fashion-forward as well.

That's something that is picked up by The Verge's Bryan Bishop, who wrote, "Not only is [the movie] a long-overdue embrace of diversity and representation, it's a film that actually has something to say - and it's able to do so without stepping away from the superhero dynamics that make the larger franchise work". "I can't wait for people to hear the music on that album, man". Don't get us wrong, there are certainly easter eggs, references and familiar faces to spot, but for the most part, Coogler's spinoff doesn't concern itself with other outings in the MCU and is probably the least Marvel-y Marvel movie out there.

Perhaps the biggest strength of "Black Panther" is its character development. And though Marvel has moved towards three-year gaps in recent years, it's possible the Wakandan king will be back as soon as 2020. Maybe helping out Spider-Man or something I don't know.

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