Black Panther, directed and co-written by Ryan Coogler, is the break out film of the year. Similar to the Black Panther Party of 1966, Marvel’s Black Panther and the Kingdom of Wakanda have themes of Afrocentricity and Black autonomy. Viewers entered the theater with high expectations for Chadwick Boseman’s performance as T’Challa. After his first appearance in Captain America: Civil War, fans got a glimpse of Wakanda.
T'Challa, the King of Wakanda, rises to the throne after his father is killed in a terrorist attack. Wakanda is one of the most technologically advanced nations in the world, but to the outside world, Wakanda is a third world country. Black Panther’s primary challenge is keeping his people faithful to his regime, and a vengeful outsider—Killmonger (played by Michael B. Jordan) who is later revealed to be T'Challa's cousin—complicates this challenge.
After defeating the King, Killmonger becomes the temporary King and begins to send Wakandan resources to people of color around the world. Killmonger’s goal was to combat White colonization by arming Black Americans with advanced weaponry. With the help of Lupita Nyong’o as the spy Nakia, and Danai Gurira as Okoye, Black Panther was able to defeat Killmonger and stop the Vibranium shipments from leaving Wakanda. In the end, T’Challa was able to see eye-to-eye with Killmonger and decided to share their knowledge and resources to help make the world a better place.
Black Panther is steadily approaching $1 billion in sales on its second release weekend. The Disney and Marvel Studios film topped Jurassic World and Marvel's The Avengers too, and the sales are projected to rise in the upcoming weeks.