By Rutendo Borerwe
Its been long overdue and Marvel finally paid the debt. It came late but we love it. Black Panther is bliss, the main highlight for me being the cast. The cast is just right and presents colour and diversity and for me the best part being that homegirl Danai Gurira shined as well as the fact that there was no yellow bone flooding. Pride in my chocolate genes. Michael B Jordan delivers excellently as a villain and its just mind blowing.
Now can we appreciate how South Africans celebrated Black excellence at the movie premiere by wearing ethnic wear to slay on the red carpet. The likes of Babes Wodumo, Dineo Ranaka amongst others.
Here is a small rundown of the movie:
Centuries ago, five African tribes went to war over a meteorite of the alien metal vibranium. A warrior ingested a “heart-shaped herb”, that was mutagenically affected by the metal, and gained superhuman abilities. He became the first “Black Panther”, and united the tribes to form the nation of Wakanda, though the Jabari Tribe chose not to follow the Black Panther’s rule, choosing to stay in the frigid mountains. Over time, the Wakandans used the vibranium to develop highly-advanced technology and chose to isolate themselves from the rest of the world by posing as a Third World country.
In 1992, while on an undercover assignment in Oakland, California, Prince N’Jobu became convinced that Wakanda’s isolationist policies had done more harm than good, and vowed to share its technology with people of African descent around the world in order to help them conquer their oppressors. N’Jobu enlisted black market arms dealer Ulysses Klaue to infiltrate Wakanda and steal a cache of vibranium. His older brother, King T’Chaka, learned of this from another undercover agent, N’Jobu’s partner Zuri, and confronted N’Jobu. When N’Jobu attacked Zuri, T’Chaka reluctantly killed him, and ordered Zuri to lie that N’Jobu had disappeared. They left behind his American son, Erik Stevens, in order to maintain the lie.
In the present day, following T’Chaka’s death at the hands of Helmut Zemo,[N 1] his son T’Challa returns to Wakanda to assume the throne. He and Okoye, the leader of the Dora Milaje fighting force, extract his ex-lover Nakia from an undercover assignment so she can attend his coronation ceremony, along with his mother Ramonda and younger sister Shuri. At the ceremony, the Jabari Tribe’s leader M’Baku challenges T’Challa for the crown, but T’Challa defeats M’Baku in ritual combat, becoming the new king. He allows M’Baku to live.
To experience the Black Panther force and live in Wakanda for a day go watch the movie!