Releasing ‘Black Panther’ just months before their magnum opus is a risky move by Marvel for several reasons. Firstly, ‘Black Panther’ would be the last superhero that would feature in ‘Infinity War’ to be given a backstory. It’s fair enough to say that the Guardians are given more substantial background than Black Panther. In addition to that, and most importantly, this is the first time we get a good look at Wakanda, barring the brief introduction in ‘Civil War’.
That is a huge risk because Wakanda would play a very important role in ‘Infinity War’. It would act as the first line of defense against Thanos. So, if ‘Black Panther’ didn’t turn out to be a success, it would directly affect the outcome of ‘Infinity War’. But boy did the risk pay off! ‘Black Panther’ not only entered the all-time top 10 highest collecting movies of Hollywood, it also turned out to be a revelation. And, I say that both in terms of MCU’s answer to DCEU’s ‘Wonder Woman’, and in the sense of the cultural significance.
What is Black Panther about?
The first ‘Black Panther’ movie gives an introduction to Wakanda. It dwells into the history, the culture, and the much talked about Vibranium Technology of the secret nation. On the outside, Wakanda is a third world country. But it really is the house of a legend called “Black Panther”, with a wealth of tremendous technology, technology so advanced that it would make Stark Industries look like a start-up. The backbone of this technology is, of course, the toughest material on earth, Vibranium. Wakanda is blessed with a vast amount of Vibranium.
However, the ancestors of Wakanda have kept all this a secret, and out of the reach of greedy foreigners, by constructing a barrier around it, which not only protects it but also makes it invisible to the outside world. Wakanda has also been home to great scientists for generations, who research Vibranium and come up with ways of using it. The movie begins with the aftermath of the Wakandan king T’Chaka’s death in ‘Civil War’. His son T’Challa takes the throne. His sister Shuri is the topmost scientist of Wakanda, and probably the whole world. Everything is happy until Eric Killmonger, who is the son of T’Chaka’s brother N’Jobu, returns to Wakanda to claim the throne.
N’Jobu and Erik Killmonger’s ideology