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The Passionate Politics of “Black Panther”
What’s remarkable about “Black Panther” is not just that the very act of making a high-budget franchise superhero film with a cast of mainly black actors is so woefully exceptional. It’s that, despite the technical requirements of a superhero film (and, no doubt, despite the supervision of Disney’s producers), the director, Ryan Coogler, who co-wrote the script with Joe Robert Cole, has made a movie that’s both personal and audacious. “Black Panther” fuses the imaginary realm of Marvel characters with world history, contemporary politics, and specifically the experience of black people in the United States. Many Marvel releases reflect American political turmoil of the moment, but this film’s confrontations with the agonies of the day are unusually complex and resonant.
The film’s action follows that of “Captain America: Civil War,” from 2016, in which T’Chaka (John Kani), the king of the imaginary African land of Wakanda, is killed in a terrorist attack on a United Nations complex in Vienna. In “Black Panther,” T’Chaka’s son, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), returns to Wakanda to assume the throne. One of the great virtues and pleasures of “Black Panther” is its coherent and intricate world-building—it delivers a history of Wakanda that feels less like an exposition than like a discovery. The movie’s backstory, dispensed in two big sequences, is intensely dramatic in itself. The first of these sequences establishes Wakanda, a landlocked country in eastern Africa, as home to Earth’s sole supply of vibranium, the world’s strongest metal, which is endowed with a potentially devastating power of its own. Wakanda has isolated itself in order to protect its stores of vibranium—and to protect itself from the invasion or the enticement of would-be colonizers—but its rustic landscapes conceal, with the help of holograms, its mighty technological sophistication. The second backstory reveal takes place in Oakland (Coogler’s actual home town), in 1992, where a Wakandan prince, N’Jobu (Sterling K. Brown), is stationed. Witnessing the burdens borne by black Americans, he decides to distribute his country’s vibranium and weaponry worldwide, in an effort to aid a revolution against white-dominated powers. N’Jobu’s brother T’Chaka, then the King of Wakanda, thwarts the effort, kills N’Jobu, and covers up the plot. But the prince, who is married to an American woman, has a son with him, a young boy who grows up to challenge T’Challa for the Wakandan throne.