Black Panther is a Superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
Many millenia ago a vibranium meteorite crashed into Africa, over time the vibranium in the meteorite greatly enhanced the soil of the lands. Five tribes found the rich soils and a massive amounts of vibranium in a mountain ready to be mined that can last for thousands of years and began a war ober the land until a Shaman ate a heart-shaped herb infused with vibranium to gain supernatural strength and end the war. Four of the tribes joined the shaman to form a new nation called Wakanda, while the other one, named the Jabiri, exiled themselves to the mountains.
For countless generation the king of Wakanda has per tradition consumed the Heart Herb and taken the mantle of "Black Panther" to protect Wakanda and their vibranium. Wakanda used their vibranium to quickly progress in technology faster than any country in the world, however the nation feared that other countries will wage war to take vibranium for themselves so a massive cloaking dome was placed over the country to hide themselves while putting a facade of poverty-stricken farmers with almost no resources.
in 1992 a large amount of Vibranium was stolen by terrorist Ulysses Klaue, allegedly with the help of the king's brother N'Jobu who fled to USA. King T'Chaka sent his councelor Zuni to spy on N'Jabu and later decided to confront his brother himself. The confrontation resulted in T'Chaka killing his own brother in self-defense. T'Chaka knew N'Jobu had a son but he decided to leave his nephew abandoned and orphaned instead of taking him to Wakanda.
In the present day T'Chaka was murdered during the Sokovia Accords conflict, forcing his son T'Challa to take the throne and become the new Black Panther prematurely. After the Avengers conflict ended T'Challa went back to Wakanda to be properly coronated but first he tried to convince his former lover Nakia to come back to Wakanda for the coronation. Nakia insists on staying away from Wakanda to support the African countries that are actually poverty stricken and feels Wakanda should be sharing their resources with them, but nevertheless agrees to go to the coronation.
As per tradition, each of the Wakandan tribes can nominate a warrior to challenge the prince for the throne, the challenge absolutely won't end until either warrior yields or dies and T'Challa must be stripped of his Black Panther powers to make the fight fair. At first none of the tribes challenge T'Challa but the leader of the Jabiri M'Baku appears to volunteer himself as challenger. T'Challa wins by forcing the M'Baku to yield so he wouldn't die, therefore officially making him the new King of Wakanda. Later that night T'Challa is given back his Black Panther powers by eating another Heart Herb, during the process he contacts the afterlife and has a brief talk with T'Chaka. Meanwhile in USA, N'Jobu's son Erik Stevens schemes with Ulysses Klaue to get him more vibranium in exchange of getting Erik into Wakanda.
T'Challa goes to his sister Shuri's lab where she's working on new devices and improved Black Panther armors. After picking one of the armors news break that Ulysses Klaue was spotted in USA. T'Challa, general Okoye, and some of Wakanda's best warriors all plan an assault on Klaue to capture and take him to Wakandan justice for the stolen vibranium. The Wakandans track Klaue to a night club where T'Challa also finds general Everett Ross, who he had met when he captured Helmut Zemo back during the Avengers Civil War. Ross is also planning to catch Klaue and is reminds T'Challa that he kept secret the fact that "the king of a third-world country of farmers is running around in a bulletproof cat costume". Ulysses Klaue uses a mechanized arm cannon to fend off the Wakandans and Ross' agents but he's ultimately captured by T'Challa and taken into Ross' custody.
Ross interrogates Klaue over his weaponry and vibranium deals, Klaue insists that the Wakandans are liars hiding their technology and power which Ross shurgs off at first but becomes suspicious over T'Challa's Black Panther armor. Suddenly Erik Stevens appears and rescues Klaue while mortally injuring Ross, who had shielded Nakia from a bullet. T'Challa tries to stop Stevens, he failes but not before noticing Stevens was wearing a Royal Wakandan collar. Okoye reluctantly agrees to take Ross back to Wakanda to give him medical attention since he saved Nakia's life. Back in Wakanda the residents are very dissapointed at T'Challa for failing to capture Klaue and T'Challa forces Zuri to tell him the truth about what happened in 1992 and how his father left a young Wakandan boy orphaned and homeless. Devastated, T'Challa begins to doubt his father's regime and figures out that whoever rescued Klaue must be his cousin.
Everett Ross wakes up in Wakanda and identifies the person that took Kalue as "Erik Killmonger", a dangerous terrorist that specializes in taking down nations from the inside. The Wakandans remain weary of "an outsider" but allow Ross to stay only out of gratitude for saving Shuri. A few days later Killmonger arrives at Wakanda with Ulysses Klaue's corpse as leverage to talk to the king. Killmonger reveals himself to the N'Jadaka, N'Jobu's son therefore he's part of the royal family, meaning he has the birthright to challenge T'Challa for the throne. T'Challa knows N'Jadaka is up to no good but still accepts the challenge. Killmonger tells T'Challa that he plans on helping poor countries around the world... by turning Wakanda into a terrorist nation waging war against every rich country in the world and forcing a dictatorship regime with Wakanda ruling the world. Killmonger overpowers T'Challa during the fight and throws him down a large waterfall, seemingly killing him and becoming the new king. Killmonger is given the Heart Herb and immediately starts his plans to wage war. Okoye, despite her friendship with T'Challa's family, is forced to side with Killmonger.
huri, Nakia, Ross, and T'Challa's mother escape the palace with a heart herb and a Black Panther suit and go to the Jabiri tribe hoping M'Baku can take down Killmonger before its too late. M'Baku refuses but reveals that they found T'Challa barely alive and rescued him. T'Challa is given the herb to recover his power, during his contact with the afterlife again T'Challa angrily asks T'Chaka why he left Stevens abandoned that night. T'Chaka says that he did so because he had to keep Wakanda secret no matter what. At that moment T'Challa decides that Wakanda's paranoia to stay hidden is what created the monster Killmonger who is about to turn the country into a terrorist group; Wakanda cannot stay hidden any longer.
The next day, before Killmonger's fleet can depart, T'Challa returns to confront Killmonger once more; since he didn't yield and is still alive the challenge for the throne hasn't ended. Okoye rebels against Killmonger and declares that he's not the true king yet. One of the four tribes sides with Killmonger while the others side with T'Challa, starting a massive fight. T'Challa and Killmonger fight once more, falling into a train railroad that deactivates Vibranium forcing the two to fight without relying on their Black Panthers while Ross takes down the fleet. Ultimately, T'Challa comes out victor by fatally stabbing his cousin in the chest, just like T'Chaka did to N'Jobu more than 20 years ago.
Accepting defeat, N'Jadaka congratulates T'Challa on his victory and comments that when he was a kid his father always talked about the beautiful sunsets of Wakanda. T'Challa honors N'Jadaka's wish by taking him to watch a sunset before he died peacefully.
In the aftermath, T'Challa regains the throne and declares to that Wakanda will no longer hide themsevles to the world and will help poor countries around the world, for that he purchases the building where N'Jobu was murdered and turns it into Wakanda's first international outreach center and holds a conference at the UN where he publicly reveals Wakanda's real nature.
In the post-credits scene Shuri is taking care of Bucky, who is slowly recovering from his brainwashing and now goes by the nickname "White Wolf".
Why It Rocks
- The movie tackles the issue of poor countries around the world not getting support from rich countries, but in a rather subtle way that doesn't shove the message down the viewer's throat nor pander to anyone.
- Ulysses Klaue, who briefly appeared in Avengers: Age of Ultron, makes a return as a secondary antagonist as a callback to how Klaue was the one who murdered T'Chaka in the comics.
- Amazing, top-notch acting and performances, especially from Chadwick Boseman.
- Wonderful cinematography with many impressive backgrounds.
- The technologically advanced Wakanda looks extremely gorgeous and breathtaking, especially with its beautiful city. It's one of the best, coolest, and prettiest locations of any superhero film.
- Top-notch and wonderful CGI in the Wakanda sections of the film.
- Good action scenes, however the movie isn't purely action and is very character-driven.
- Nakia is much more interesting than most "love interest" characters in other MCU movies. She isn't just there to be rescued and proves to be a capable warrior on her own.
- Okoye is a great character, and is portrayed amazingly by Danai Gurira.
- Killmonger is a sympathetic well-written villain, something that doesn't happen very often in MCU movies. Killmonger is clearly an evil antagonist but at the same time he has a valid reason behind his actions, so much that even T'Challa agrees to his views at the end.
- The movie is for the most part completely focused on its own plot. Outside a few flashbacks of T'Chaka's death in Captain America: Civil War, Ulysses Klaue, and Everett Ross, the rest of the MCU is completely ignored.
- It has a great soundtrack, and it is also the first ever soundtrack released in the MCU that has singers.
- It's so good that it's the first ever superhero film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. It also proved to the Academy that just because it was a big superhero blockbuster, doesn't mean that it isn't as good as smaller films, causing the Academy to back off on the idea of making a "Best Popular Films" category.
- Despite being better written than most MCU villains, Killmonger is still the typical rival with the same powers as the protagonist.
- The CGI is not the best except for anything in Wakanda, especially the final battle with T'Challa and Killmonger which looks like a video game cutscene.
- Shuri, while not as annoying as she was in the 2005 Reggie Hudlin run in the comics, isn't that good of a character.