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Subj: Random thoughts about the film
Posted: Mon Feb 26, 2018 at 05:05:18 pm EST (Viewed 818 times)
I loved the film. It definitely expanded the genre as of course it had to do if it stayed faithful to the Panther story line, which in broad strokes it certainly did.
Random thoughts -
I think M'Baku has achieved inner circle status in T'Challa's royal court. It's hard to be certain, as we had little to go on. (One quick scene near the end where cast members are standing around the throne, M'Baku among them.) Assuming I've interpreted correctly, I like this development. He's more interesting this way. He also provides an example of another male in the inner court (besides T'Challa himself) who is genuinely noble, as he proved incontestably when he declined the Heart Shaped Herb so it could be used to heal T'Challa.
Everett Ross is far less of a bumbling oaf in the film version than in the comics. (I haven't read all of Priest's run so maybe I have a slanted view of Everett in the comics.) And what a cool choice of actor! Bilbo, Doctor Watson - perfect.
Strange how both the Black Panther and Wonder Woman make use of essentially the same ability - the concussion blast. For Diana it's an expression of her godly lineage. For T'Challa it's probably an application of various properties of vibranium. Yet the practical effect is the same regardless.
I hope the basketball court where Erik Killmonger played as a boy is preserved by T'Challa's decree when the outreach center is built. I picture the basketball court as being afforded a position of honor and dignity that is inexplicable to those who are not in the know.
I wasn't expecting the Panther God to instead be described as a Panther Goddess, though it doesn't bother me and in fact I think her gender could explain the existence of the all-female Dora Milaje. I also wasn't expecting her to be named Bast, an Egyptian name, but after googling it appears this name has precedent in the comics. I was equally surprised when M'Baku's deity was named Hanuman, a Hindu Monkey God. No precedent in the comics that I can find. It would be cool if the next Panther film actually delved into Wakanda's ancient interactions with Egypt and India.
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