How Black Panther Evokes The Current Political Climate
Throughout his time in comics, the king of Wakanda — T’Challa — has often found himself in [...]
Throughout his time in comics, the king of Wakanda — T'Challa — has often found himself in the most precarious of situations. It seems that no matter who writes the character, the major conflict comes from within the country he rules rather than any outside threats.
When the character, as played by Chadwick Boseman (42) comes to the silver screen in his first-ever solo flick, he'll be facing resistance from both that outside of his reclusive country in addition to citizens from within. Michael B. Jordan's Erik Killmonger is an exiled Wakandan coming back for revenge while M'Baku (Winston Duke) is vying for the throne while he leads one of the country's tribes in the wake of T'Chaka's death in the events of Captain America: Civil War.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Boseman spoke on the politically-charge movie and how it might match up with the political climate we currently face.
"Generally, there is unrest because there's no leader on the throne. We're dealing with a similar thing right now in this country," Boseman reflected. "Just because a person was elected doesn't mean everybody agrees with the things he's going to do."
Boseman then went on to pinpoint to location of the movie's conflict.
"Having to make the first decisions … what do you do first?" Boseman said. "What do you choose to do that's going to get everybody on your side? It's a political drama essentially."
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Marvel Studios' "Black Panther" follows T'Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T'Challa's mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life
Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman (T'Challa/Black Panther), Lupita Nyong'o(Nakia), Michael B. Jordan (Erik Killmonger), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Martin Freeman (Everett K. Ross), Daniel Kaluuya (W'Kabi), Angela Bassett (Ramonda), Forest Whitaker (Zuri), Andy Serkis (Ulysses Klaw), Florence Kasumba (Ayo), John Kani (King T'Chaka), Winston Duke (M'Baku/Man-Ape), Sterling K. Brown (N'Jobu), and Letitia Wright (Shuri).
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