After the death of his father, T’Challa aka Black Panther ( Chadwick Boseman ) prepares to take the throne of Wakanda. The small African country is internationally isolated, but secretly it is far more advanced than it appears. In fact, it has enormous treasures and technologies that no one is allowed to know about. But the dubious gun dealer Ulysses Klaue ( Andy Serkis ) knows about the wealth and tries to use it for himself. He is assisted by the mysterious Erik Killmonger ( Michael B. Jordan ), who has an interest in Wakanda of his own. A difficult task for the monarch. Luckily he’s not alone: His sister Shuri ( Letitia Wright), fighters Nakia ( Lupita Nyong’o ) and Okoye ( Danai Gurira ), and CIA agent K. Ross ( Martin Freeman ) are quickly drawn into a battle that will determine the fate of not just the African country, but the entire world definitely.
With so many competing superhero films from comic book giants Marvel and DC Comics, it’s hard to keep track even as a fan. And of course the desire too, many of the strips are too similar. And yet individual parts of this endless series manage to draw attention to themselves from time to time. For example, by doing something that should actually be self-evident, but still isn’t. Wonder Woman filled the headlines of this world simply because it had a woman in the leading role and the film was directed by a woman. Black Panther now has the honor and burden of being directed by a black man and having an almost exclusively black ensemble on the payroll.
Business as usual in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Not exactly. There’s less humor and more physical combat. In addition, the excellent ensemble and the exotic backdrop inspire. In terms of content, however, “Black Panther” is less convincing, falls into cliché shock rigidity after the twisted start, and somehow has nothing to tell despite an important message.