'Black Panther' Feels Like The Beginning Of Something New For Marvel

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BOTTOM LINE Shakespeare meets James Bond in this highly anticipated movie, which his theaters on February 16.

"There was a time period where people would ask me questions about whether or not an audience could sit through a movie with a lead character that spoke with that accent", Boseman said of the east African inflection he gives the superhero - alias King T'Challa. It shakes off a sluggish start thanks to a memorable cast of characters going up against Marvel's best-realized villain in nearly a decade.

Abetting Klaue in his Vibranium-hunting is Michael B Jordan's "Killmonger", a mysterious assassin whose fascination with Wakandia is violently personal.

It's also really, really fun.

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There's a moment early on in Black Panther that took my breath away. We follow the craft as it makes its way through the holographic barrier that conceals Wakanda from the outside world, and you can see the thrusters that propel it - and in the energy bloom, you can make out African symbols, shifting, pulsing, morphing.

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There's an all-star line-up which includes Chadwick Boseman, Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke and John Kani.

Black Panther will be the first Marvel Cinematic Universe film headlined by a black superhero and features a mostly black cast.

"When Black Panther works, it's thrillingly alive". For too much of Black Panther, the Black Panther has everything he wants. The Academy Award-winning actress plays Nakia, a Wakandan spy who aids T'Challa as he ascends to the throne. "So you don't feel like you're just playing a guy in a suit; you're playing a conflicted, well-rounded character", Boseman said. After a brief glimpse in the Civil War post-credits, we finally get to see the kingdom in all its glory; a wondrous, Afrofuturist land of technology and rich, unhindered culture thriving in modern times, though kept secret from the world.

When a chunk of Wakanda's powerful metal, vibranium, is sold on the black market by arms dealer Ulysses Klaue (a scene-stealing Andy Serkis), it could change the global balance of power.

The film, which centers around a power struggle in Black Panther's home, is reported to have already broken records - having more pre-sales of tickets than any other movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is expected to make as much as $120 million in its opening weekend. Yet it's The Walking Dead's Gurira who steals the show as the ferocious Okoye, gloriously swinging her spear in a billowing red gown. "For children (and adults) of color who have longed forever to see a superhero who looks like them, Marvel's first black-superhero film is an answered prayer, a landmark adventure and a new film classic". However after a couple of concept designs, the iconic panther claw chain that drapes Black Panther's cowl became the main inspiration for the influential soon to be hit album.

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