Please tell me y'all have seen the movie? If you haven't, don't read this post!
Let me give you a little bit of my back story on this Marvel Cinematic Universe. I am a Marvel fan. I don't read the comics, but the movies?! I'm here for them. Some of them are blah, but I watch them anyway. Why? Because usually they overlap and share stories. So, in preparation for the opening of Black Panther, I watched ALL of the Marvel movies in order of the stories, not the release date. I followed CNET's guide and it was pretty accurate. I did not watch the TV shows because I would still be watching. You don't have to. The movies will fill you in pretty well.
Now, for what I thought.
1. This movie was beautiful! The colors, the wardrobes, the technology, the natural hair, the beautiful black people that starred in this film, it was amazing!
2. The women. OMG. The WOMEN! The strong women in the movie inspired me. Okoye makes me want to shave my hair back off. Nakia makes me want to lead a revolution. Queen Mother makes me want to dip my entire body in shea butter and sing chants to my ancestors. Shuri ignites my geeky side and is the epitome of Black Girl Magic! The Dora Milaje are fierce and beautiful. I could go on and on.
3. T'Challa AKA Black Panther. I wanted him to stop getting his ass kicked so much. I hope in the sequel that he is stronger and does not get beat up so much. He's beautiful and he's from South Carolina (represent). He has a conscious and calls out the ancestors for their wrong doing. He knows that the women in his life will not steer him wrong and he relies heavily on them. He loves him some Nakia. Although I want them to bring Storm as his wife in the sequel, Lupita has said she will become a villain if that happens.
4. Eric Killmonger. I understood his plight. I wanted him to see that there could be a better way, without killing his family. I want them to bond. I'm using present tense because I doubt that he is dead. He's fine. As hell. He's angry, and he has right to be. He wanted vengeance for his murdered father and for all the people that look like him that are still in the struggle. Share the vibranium. This could have been done without trying to send weapons of mass destruction though. T'Challa will do this in the sequel. Always stay through the end of the credits with Marvel movies. There were 2 additional scenes.
5. M'Baku. Winston C. Duke. I want to marry him. But he has to possess the spirit of M'Baku in real life. He was hilarious. And strong. And also had many valid points. He was the one that came through in the clutch. Bark at me any time and I'll do as you command.
6. My general taking...and I actually have to say this a lot in my professional life...just because something has always been a certain way doesn't mean it has to stay that we. We learn, we grow, we conquer. As soon as we as Black folks can learn to help and not hurt one another, we will be in a better place.
7. For those of you who said this was another black on black violence movie, shut up. This movie is great and at the time that I am writing this, it has made over 1 Billion dollars in theaters. Stop always finding something negative to say! I LOVE how we showed up and showed out to go and see this movie! Keep it up!
Overall I loved this movie. So much that I went to see it twice and thought about going a third time. My daughter enjoyed it. She was full of questions when it was over. I look forward to Avengers: Infinity War! The trailer shows Black Panther, M'Baku and the Dora Milaje running along with the other Avengers through the jungle. I'm hype!
I made a few things in honor of the film.
I say I made, but my coworker did all the work LOL. I'm going to learn how to use a cutting machine before too long!
If you saw the movie, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. If you didn't enjoy it, don't kill our vibe!