The Reason Why Marvel’s Black Panther is no ordinary superhero movie

The Black Panther first entered the Marvel Cinematic Universe back in 2016 in Captain America: Civil War.

Now he’s got his own film, which goes way beyond the usual expectations of fantasy, fight scenes and romance.

Having a plot based around a black superhero with a predominantly black cast is a first for Marvel, but the film builds on this concept in a massive way.

Directed by Creed’s Ryan Coogler, it is set in the mythical country of Wakanda: a hidden African kingdom with incredible technological power, due to its reserves of the world’s most useful precious metal.

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Forest Whitaker (right) in Black PantherImage copyrightMARVEL/DISNEY
Image captionCoogler and Boseman deeply considered how the film would depict African culture

Chadwick Boseman, who plays its king T’Challa and (more importantly) the Black Panther, tells the BBC that getting Wakanda right was the most important thing.

“This is fantasy and we have to create a culture,” he says. “It’s not necessarily because it’s the first time we’re seeing a black superhero; I think it’s because we have to define what Wakanda is.

“It can’t be some generalised version of what the country is or the accent.

“It can’t be generalised in why we wear certain clothing or why we have the number of tribes we have – what are those tribes?

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