Black Panther – What’s All the Hype About?!

Black Panther had the biggest box office opening ever for a superhero movie – surpassing all others in the Marvel universe including Iron Man and The Avengers. This means that a sequel is almost inevitable. So why all the hype?!

Maybe it’s the cast of standout stars. Or larger-than-life special effects. Or unique storyline set in an African utopia. Whatever it is that has fans flocking to cinemas, the buzz around Black Panther continues to grow. Let’s break it down…

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Black Panther isn’t your typical superhero movie

There are many things that make Black Panther stand out in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (no spoilers ahead… we promise!) From its otherworldly portrayal of high-tech Africa to its real-world action and predominately all-black cast, fans are connecting with Marvel’s monster hit like never before.

Meet the Black Panther

Black Panther was created by comic legend Stan Lee more than 50 years ago. The character was first introduced on-screen in Captain America: Civil War in 2016, ahead of his spotlight film. Now with its release, an epic new saga is unfolding on cinema screens…

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Enter the kingdom of Wakanda

The film follows T’Challa, heir to the kingdom of Wakanda, an African nation hidden away from the eyes of the world. To everyone on the outside, Wakanda appears to be a third-world country, but it’s secretly one of the most technologically advanced civilizations on earth. T’Challa is back to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king (aka the Black Panther.)

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A new franchise that breaks all the rules

There are many things that set the film apart from its Marvel predecessors. From an unconventional villain to the storyline’s powerful political undertones, Black Panther feels more relatable than any comic book movie we’ve ever seen. The end result is a brilliant action-thriller that’s majestic, edgy and smart. If there’s one film that’s smashing superhero stereotypes, it’s Black Panther.

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Meet the cast of standout stars:

  • Chadwick Boseman plays T’Challa/Black Panther, heir to the African kingdom Wakanda
  • Michael B. Jordan plays Erik Killmonger, a black-ops soldier who grew up in Oakland, California
  • Lupita Nyong’o plays Nakia, guardian of Wakanda’s King T’Challa
  • Angela Bassett plays Ramonda, the Queen Mother of Wakanda
  • Andy Serkis plays Ulysses Klaue, an arms dealer

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Fun facts you (probably) didn’t know about Black Panther:

  • Actor Wesley Snipes tried to develop Black Panther into a superhero film in the 90s
  • The fighting in the film is based on the African-Brazilian martial art of capoeira
  • Storm from X-Men is the love interest to Black Panther in the Marvel comics
  • The character of Black Panther made his debut on the comic pages in 1966
  • Black Panther is the 18th film released for the Marvel Cinematic Universe
  • Black Panther holds a 97% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes (at one point it reached 100%)

Black Panther is out in cinemas NOW… take a friend!

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