PREVIEW: Black Panther

Most audiences, by this time, don’t need a preview for Black Panther. The movie grossed $202 million in its first weekend alone. It has already surpassed being a mere superhero movie. It has become a celebration of blackness in a medium that has rarely been welcoming of such diversity. For those who have somehow eluded the intensive promotional campaign, the shiny Lexus commercials, and the innumerable think pieces, Black Panther is the newest entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As the Black Panther, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) is the protector of Wakanda, a highly advanced country in Africa hidden from the rest of world. However, at the same time, T’Challa has also become the king. Under the double responsibility of these roles, he must face rising threats and decide what is best for his people and his country. Ryan Coogler directs an all-star cast, with standouts such as Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, and Letitia Wright. This film has already undoubtedly changed the film industry with its overwhelming success. I am interested in seeing if it can change an entire genre by transcending its comic book origins. Either way, I am looking forward to a thoroughly fun time at the movies. Black Panther is currently showing in the State Theater. Purchase tickets ($8 for students with ID), online at the Michigan Theater website or at the box office.

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Corrina Lee

Corrina is a sophomore intending to major in Economics. She writes about movies and art because no one will listen to her rant about Game of Thrones anymore.

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