At this point in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there is little that Marvel can’t do in instantly creating a massive success. Whether it was taking obscure Marvel characters like Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy or Black Panther, and turning them into household names, or simply revolutionizing what comic-book movies can be, the entirety of Marvel’s universe is simply a phenomenal feat. Now, Marvel has somehow defied the odds yet again with another hit on their hands, Black Panther.
Black Panther is as extraordinary as it’s success. It’s a vibrant film, filled with a wonderfully structured plot and characters that support it’s ambitious ideas. Many of the film’s seat-gripping action sequences can be attributed to the talent of innovative filmmaker Ryan Coogler, who is still relatively new to working with big-budget franchises such as this, but it is a feat he’s already succeeded in with elegance and perfection. Black Panther finds its place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a further exploration of the universe’s heroic themes and larger ideas. More importantly, like all of the Marvel movies, it feels human, and ultimately serves a larger purpose, both on screen and off.
The plot of Black Panther works with the help of its wonderful cast, and its grounded story. While introducing two of the greatest Marvel villains to grace the screen in the MCU’s ten year run, the story is gripping because of its grounded ideals. In the film, the central villain seeks to overthrow King T’Challa’s reign over the nation of Wakanda, in order to offer Wakanda’s resources to the rest of the world. This leads to a question of ethics between our hero and the villain, with both believing their perspective is for the ultimate greater good for humanity. Like Thanos’s ultimate mission in Avengers: Infinity War, the villain of Black Panther isn’t after power or fortune, their driving motivation is that at the heart of their plan, they believe what they’re doing is right.
Black Panther is accompanied by brilliant visuals and cinematography, which come to life in new ways in its impressive new Blu-Ray release. The best of the release is a featurette titled, From Page to Screen: A Roundtable Discussion, which delves into the creation of the film, and it’s frequent inspiration pulled from the comic lore of Black Panther and Wakanda. Featuring director Ryan Coogler, along with Black Panther comic writers Christopher Priest and Don McGregor, and executive producer Nate Moore, the insight shared on this release showcases the reason why this film and franchise maintains its success. It’s driven by those who understand and care deeply about the series to keep it’s subject matter at it’s best. The new Blu-Ray also takes the time to delve into the environments and ideals that make this film such a brilliant addition to the universe, and it’s larger role in it all.
Pushing their ambition to new lengths, Marvel has defined their place in cinema history by delivering another bold film, and Black Panther certainly is a game-changer in the modern film industry. Not only is it such a unique film, but its material will certainly continue inspire millions around the world, and continues to test the waters of what Marvel’s comic book films are capable of accomplishing, and we can’t wait to see where this takes them next.
Black Panther is now available to purchase on Blu-Ray combo pack.