Black Panther is in cinemas now, and like every remotely anticipated superhero movie, it arrived on a tidal wave of rumours, fan theories and expectations: some of them sensible, others hilariously outlandish.
Set in Africa, Black Panther stars a largely black cast headed by Chadwick Boseman, Jordan, Forest Whitaker, Lupita Nyong'o, Daniel Kaluuya and Angela Bassett and was directed by Ryan Coogler, best known for acclaimed films Fruitvale Station and Creed.
"This film is unlike any superhero film that we've ever seen". A sort of mishmash of traditional African cultures given an Afrofuturist bent, it's so far removed from the worlds we associate with superhero movies that it nearly singlehandedly makes everything that's rote and repetitive about the story Black Panther tells feel new again.
And, when you get to the white theater, you'll actually, y'know, be able to quietly watch the film.
"As a Marvel blockbuster, Black Panther is vibrant fun", Nicholas Barber says.
That having been said, I'm not sure what it is about me that puts my expectations so sky-high. At this point, though, I care more about the spectacle of the film than I do about the film itself.
A new series, just launched last month, Rise of the Black Panther features writer Evan Narcisse and a group of artists led by Paul Renaud retelling the origins of the hero in a way that places him deep within the greater Marvel universe without sacrificing the individuality and uniqueness of what makes T'Challa such a great character.
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