February 16th marked the long awaited premiere of Marvel's next film Black Panther and so far, this film is set to break every record Marvel has with it's opening weekend. Fans first saw T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) in last year's Captain America: Civil War when his Father, the King of Wakanda, was killed and he got thrown into the middle of a fight among the Avengers. Black Panther picks up shortly after the events of Civil War and Prince T'Challa is going to be named King of Wakanda. We aren't going to give spoilers in our review because even though the box office was dominated this weekend, we know some of you haven't seen it yet.
Black Panther takes time, not DC time, to introduce us to Wakanda. T'Challa's bodyguard from Civil War is back and we learn her name, Okoye (Danai Gurira), and the group she belongs to. The Dora Milaje are bodyguards to the King but they are also a unit of their own, a badass group of warrior women. The introduction scenes also introduce us to T'Challas mother and sister, Romanda (Angela Bassett) and Shuri (Letitia Wright), and they quickly become favorites in the film, though Shuri really takes over. Letitia Wright does an outstanding job in this movie as a character filled with emotion but also the one who gives us quips and one liners, "sneakers." T'Challa has his family present for his ceremony to be King but he's missing one important person and we won't give away much other then her name, Nakia (Lupito Nyong'o).
This MCU film has more then one villain for T'Challa to worry about and they really work themselves into the film as acts throughout the main story arc. Andy Serkis returns in the role of Ulysses Klaue, a dangerous arms dealer and assassin who stole from Wakanda. You'll remember him from his role in Avengers: Age of Ultron when Ultron went to him for vibranium. The true big bad for T'Challa, though, is Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) who threatens to steal the throne through his own heritage. T'Challa has to depend on more then just his people in this movie and his aid comes in the form of Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman) returning for more after having some fun in Civil War.
Besides breaking box office records, for good reason, Black Panther is an outstanding installment to the MCU because it is the first one to fully balance the story of the hero and the action of the film. Captain America: the First Avenger tried a similar approach and though most loved it, some fans were frustrated by the pace of the storytelling which is also a common complaint regarding DC movies. Black Panther does it right and it serves as a wonderful story that has heart, humor, drama and action that we expect in an MCU movie. T'Challa is not like the rest of the Avengers and they make that clear during the film and we can't wait to see more. We're already planning to see the movie again as soon as possible.
Check out a clip below! If you've seen it already, what did you think? Where would you rank Black Panther among the MCU? It's in our top five, no doubt! Marvel fan pro tip: Be sure to stay after the movie because there are two post credit scenes. We won't tell you what they share but we promise, you won't want to miss them. Wakanda Forever!