REVIEW: ‘Black Panther’ is a superhero film unlike any other

Promotional poster for "Black Panther."

“Black Panther,” Marvel’s latest entry in its cinematic superhero universe, is the must-see film of the year — and the year just started. It is unlike any other Marvel film released and is in a category of its own.

Chadwick Boseman, as the titular hero King T’Challa / Black Panther, and Michael B. Jordan, as Erik Killmonger, hold their own as leads, but they are not even comparable to the powerful women building and protecting the fictional kingdom of Wakanda, including Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia and Danai Gurira as Okoye.

Filled with colorful scenes, African-inspired wardrobes and accepting the natural hair of African people, it invites the audience into the technologically advanced and brilliant world of Wakanda. The movie respectfully references many cultural discussions being had in communities of color today, as well as the relevant topic of gender equality.

This production is a simple Marvel superhero film to some and a beacon of hope to others. If you haven’t had the chance to see this essential film, prepare yourself to walk away screaming, “Wakanda forever!”

Laken Horton is a junior in mass communications. The views and opinions expressed in this column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Collegian. Please send comments to