The Marvel cinematic universe has once again spotlighted an underrated comic book superhero.

“Black Panther” is the next film that continues the Marvel universe story arc and introduces new characters that will soon play a huge role leading up to “Avengers: Infinity War.”

The movie, which takes place after events in “Captain America: Civil War,” focuses on T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) as he claims the throne of Wakanda after the death of his father, the previous king. T’Challa continues his duties as the Black Panther, while a new foe, Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan), tries to seize the throne.

Black Panther, with the help of his ex-girlfriend Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o), his sister Shuri (Letitia Wright), and his general Okoye (Danai Gurira), fights to stop Killmonger’s plan to take over Wakanda and distribute its advanced technology.

The movie is very entertaining, and it leaves me excited for future Black Panther appearances in the Marvel cinematic universe. I really enjoyed how the film showed off Black Panther and his world, which did not gain a lot of recognition in the past.

The world has breathtaking scenery, and the action is very exciting to watch in the film’s different environments. With every change in setting, the action scenes remain exhilarating. Each one offers a unique experience, such as the quick-paced car scene and the slow, intense brawl between Black Panther and Killmonger.

Black PantherDue to the combination of the action and the visuals, it is very difficult to be bored while watching this movie.

The story is also very engaging, as it introduces a lot of new, interesting characters. It was fun learning more about Black Panther and how he is impactful within the comics. Simply watching Boseman perform with the other actors got me excited for future movies with these characters.

The acting in the movie is very natural, and the actors work well with each other. Whether it be a dramatic moment, a tense battle, or an occasional joke, the film does not seem to be too blunt or lighthearted, due to the perfect balance of different scenes. Because of this, the actors are able to show off their many talents, which makes the movie more entertaining.

It was great seeing Boseman play Black Panther throughout an entire film. After watching his performance in “Captain America: Civil War,” I could not wait for a full-length movie with Boseman as the star hero. Boseman performs well, especially when acting with Jordan, who also provides a great performance.

Killmonger is a great villain who has aspirations other than simply taking over the world. Jordan’s performance was unique, and it makes me excited for other “Black Panther” villains in future films.

The one thing that I did not like about the characters is that a few of them are not used efficiently in the film.

Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) is a government agent who helps Black Panther fight against Killmonger. Freeman’s character could have been replaced by someone else, and nothing would really change.

Klaw (Andy Serkis) is another villain who is barely used throughout the film. This was disappointing because I like seeing Serkis perform, and Klaw is an interesting villain in the “Black Panther” comics.

I hope that there are plans for characters such as Ross and Klaw in future Marvel movies. I wished they could have been utilized in more impactful roles.

Regardless of the acting or the stunning visuals, the main feature of the film is its story.

Black Panther is not the most popular superhero, compared to Spider-man or Batman. But that did not stop this movie from providing an intriguing storyline with a great protagonist.

It was interesting to see Black Panther on screen in his own movie, and I really liked seeing the many things that make him a great superhero. Even the supporting characters, such as Black Panther’s allies and villains, are a huge part of this movie. I want to see how the supporting characters further impact the cinematic universe in more movies.

“Black Panther” is a great action, comic book film that everyone should go see. It has plenty of action and an interesting plot that a comic fan, or people new to comic book movies, will surely enjoy.

I give “Black Panther” a nine out of 10.

Posted by Adán Rubio

Staff writer for the Plainsman Press.

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