Published: Wed, February 07, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Darrell Mcdonald

Black Panther Ought to Win Marvel Studios Its First Oscar

Black Panther Ought to Win Marvel Studios Its First Oscar

Marvel's Black Panther opens in theaters on February 16, but you can win tickets to see a sneak preview days ahead of the rest of the public. "Does Black Panther get to be another subordinate bit-part player in future Marvel ensemble movies?".

But then, all of Black Panther, shot by Rachel Morrison-who was the cinematographer on Coogler's 2013 debut Fruitvale Station, and who has just been nominated for an Academy Award for Mudbound-is simply splendid to look at, a marvel of jewel tones and shimmery grays with lots of natural greenery thrown in.

Not only do I suspect Black Panther will change that, I think there's one category where it already ought to be considered the front-runner, meaning the 18th Marvel Studios movie could take home the company's first Academy Award.

The big budget film from Walt Disney Pictures and Marvel Studios has an nearly entirely black cast led by Chadwick Boseman and is directed by acclaimed African American director Ryan Coogler.

By the time the armoured rhinos are unleashed in the climactic battle, things have descended into overstuffed spectacle, yet Black Panther mostly delivers on the action front, routinely placing its female characters on the front line.

Black Panther, starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, and Andy Serkis arrives in United Kingdom cinemas on 13 February.

By the end of next week, numerous fans waiting in heavy anticipation of Marvel'sBlack Panther film will have already seen the big feature. They say that if you don't see the value in representation, it's probably because you've always had it. Black Panther is not my representation, but the value is impossible to miss. He goes with the general of the Dora Milaje, Okoye played by the legitimately ideal being that is Danai Gurira and his ex-lover, Nakia played by Lupita Nyong'o.

"The world's going to start over and I'm going to be on top", growls Killmonger. Carter's costumes make the movie.

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The character, played by actor Chadwick Boseman, made his first big screen appearance 50 years later in "Captain America: Civil War".

"I was so proud to have my daughter and my son there last night, because in their faces, in their spirit, they were feeling themselves".

The question of whether this isolationist nation should prioritise protecting its people above all else, or reach out to those less fortunate, is dealt with thoughtfully by Coogler and co-writer Joe Robert Cole, who position the conundrums within the context of real history. Quite frankly, the experience is indescribable.

Such Oscar winners and nominees as Lupita Nyong'o, Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett and Daniel Kaluuya also receive plaudits, as do Letitia Wright and Danai Gurira. It's everything I've ever desired in a live-action version of this popular superhero and yet so much more.

Rolling Stone calls him "tremendous", a "stunningly versatile actor" who knows a little something about playing larger-than-life figures, having previously portrayed Jackie Robinson, James Brown and Thurgood Marshall.

I plan to see it again opening weekend.

This image released by Disney shows Chadwick Boseman in a scene from Marvel Studios' "Black Panther".

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