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Top 10 Things Black Panther Got Right

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Written by Nick Spake Black Panther absolutely killed in the box office, and out of all the things it did better than other superhero movies, these are the best! WatchMojo presents the Top 10 Things Black Panther Did Right! But what will take the top spot on our list? Will it be the politics and culture potrayed, the villain Killmonger, or Shuri? Watch to find out! Watch on WatchMojo: Big thanks to virusburin for suggesting this idea, and to see how WatchMojo users voted, check out the suggest page here: https://www.WatchMojo.comsuggest/top+10+things+black+panther+got+right

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Wakanda Forever! Welcome to and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Thing Black Panther Got Right

For this list, we’re taking a look at everything that’s made “Black Panther” one of the most acclaimed films in the MCU, and perhaps even the best.

#10: T'Challa

After making his debut in “Captain America: Civil War,” we were all eager to see actor Chadwick Boseman take center stage as T’Challa. This solo movie further develops the King of Wakanda as he inherits his late father’s crown and the title of Black Panther. Boseman brings out all the qualities one would expect from a true hero: humility, understanding, and compassion, while also being strong, commanding, and determined. Yet, the filmmakers wisely never portray T’Challa as a perfect leader. Being king requires T’Challa to make difficult decisions that won’t leave everyone pleased. Nevertheless, T’Challa will always fight for what he believes is right, which is what makes him worthy of the throne.

#9: Fight Scenes

Marvel once again delivered in the action department with some of their most energetic and colorful set pieces to date. The South Korea fight sequence in particular is exceptionally choreographed, earning comparison to the modern James Bond movies and setting a new standard for car chases. Of course it’s our investment in the characters that makes the action so thrilling, elevating “Black Panther” above so many other blockbusters. Perhaps the most intense moment in the film is the first showdown between T'Challa and Killmonger, which evokes Batman’s brawl with Bane and Scar’s murder of Mufasa. Speaking of “The Lion King,” the action and drama in “Black Panther” is nothing short of Shakespearean.

#8: Vibranium

An element that’s lighter and stronger than steel, vibranium has been utilized a couple times throughout the MCU, most notably in Captain America's shield. In “Black Panther,” we get to see what an entire nation can accomplish with a plethora of vibranium at their disposal. Black Panther’s suit might not look as high-tech as Iron Man’s, but you can’t judge a book by its cover, as vibranium practically makes T'Challa bulletproof. Shuri also uses this metal to cook up numerous other gadgets, including the Panther Gauntlets. Vibranium could’ve been an underdeveloped plot device like unobtanium in “Avatar.” Instead, the filmmakers really explore what vibranium is capable of.

#7: The Dora Milaje

In addition to shining the spotlight on performers of color, “Black Panther” also features a ton of great roles for actresses. Lupita Nyong'o and Danai Gurira particularly stand out as Nakia and Okoye. The latter of those two is the leader of the Dora Milaje, Wakanda’s all-female secret service. Part of what makes the Dora Milaje so inspiring is that they aren’t just strong-willed and badass, but their gender is never called into question. Whenever a movie depicts women in power, there’s usually a sexist antagonist who doubts their abilities; the Dora Milaje are respected and treated as equals. Like the Amazons in “Wonder Woman,” they’re warriors we can all look up to.

#6: Direction

Ryan Coogler made a stunning directorial debut with the critical darling “Fruitvale Station,” and managed to reinvigorate a long-running franchise with “Creed”; the young filmmaker does something similar with “Black Panther”. Going from indie movies to Hollywood blockbusters, certainly gave Coogler the opportunity to truly demonstrate his range as a filmmaker, yet he also manages to brings a personal touch to “Black Panther,” infusing it with the same cultural and thematic complexity that made his smaller-scale films so special. For Coogler’s efforts, “Black Panther” has become the biggest movie ever from an African-American director.

#5: The Soundtrack

In terms of music, “Black Panther” has officially given the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies a run for bragging rights. First of all, there’s star composer Ludwig Göransson’s epic musical score. The soundtrack, which was produced by Kendrick Lamar, is also award-worthy, featuring a track list that’s carefully woven into the movie. Lamar lent his vocal talents to several songs, including “All the Stars,” which he performed with SZA, and “Pray for Me,” with The Weeknd. The highlight would have to be “King’s Dead,” a joint effort between Lamar, Jay Rock, Future, and James Blake, uniting four major talents.

#4: Wakanda

The MCU has taken us to some pretty incredible places over the years and Wakanda is easily among the most immersive, a flourishing African nation with towering skyscrapers. Although much of the technology comes off as futuristic, the production and costume design still borrows from actual African designs and cultures. The result is perhaps the most mainstream example of Afrofuturism. Wakanda may be fictional, but the filmmakers create a world that feels real, one that we could see existing one day.

#3: Politics and Culture

From slavery to colonialism, “Black Panther” is rich with themes that mirror real life African history. It also addresses issues of race in America, always a difficult subject for Hollywood. What’s more, the film has something important to say in an era where different cultures and nations are becoming increasingly divided. As the King of Wakanda, T'Challa is torn whether to put his own country first or to share their good fortune with others. This political subtext adds another layer of realism to the film, making it one of Marvel’s most timely productions ever.

#2: Shuri

Much like Black Widow or Valkyrie, Shuri is another heroine we’d love to see get a standalone movie in the MCU. Played by the scene-stealing Letitia Wright, this sixteen-year-old is T'Challa’s younger sister and an all-around genius. The rapport she shares with her brother is quite genuine, tying into the film’s messages regarding family. In addition to providing comedic relief and tech support, Shuri more than holds her own in battle. On top of that, the filmmakers underplay the fact that she’s a princess, which is rare for a project under the Disney banner.

#1: Erik “Killmonger” Stevens

It’s only fitting that we would begin this list with the film’s hero and close things out with his nemesis. This is especially refreshing since villains are typically the weakest part of most Marvel films. “Black Panther” hit it out of the park with Michael B. Jordan as Killmonger. What makes him such a compelling bad guy is that he’s not just an overpowered god or a greedy businessman: he’s a sympathetic human being who had everything taken away from him. Similar to Magneto, Killmonger may not be righteous, but his motivations are so relatable that he nearly convinces us that the ends justify the means.

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