Infinity War ~ Movie Review

I saw Avengers: Infinity War the weekend it came out, but was debating on whether or not to post a review of it. Mainly, because there was so much going on in the film, and I honestly don’t think I can give a complete rating until Avengers 4 comes out.

But.

Avengers 4 isn’t coming out anytime soon, so I thought, what the heck! I’ll give Infinity War review a go. I have a lot of thoughts on it, so let’s begin!

Remarkable people || Avengers Infinity War || captain america black widow scarlet witchvision falcon Tony Stark iron man peter parker spiderman Dr strange Bruce banner wakanda black panthertchalla shut okoye bucky barnes mbakuguardians of the galaxy gotg peter quill star lord || Cr: KiwiTo set the stage, the Avengers are pretty scattered. You have Thor and Bruce/Hulk who are in space. In New York, there’s Tony, Rhodney, Wong, and Dr. Strange. And in Wakanda, you have the rest of the gang, with the exception of Vision and Wanda, who are in Edinburgh. Meanwhile, the Guardians are cruising through the cosmos without a care in the world.

No one has any idea that Thanos is coming for them. Ok. Well. Except for maybe Gamora.

Anyway.

***Warning: SPOILERS AHEAD

IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN INFINITY WAR

TURN BACK NOW

LAST WARNING***

If you saw Thor: Ragnorak, then you will recognize the ship that appears in the first scene of Infinity War. Cause, ya know. Why give Thor and his people a moment of rest?

Ha. Haha. That would be dumb.

In the span of the first, like ten minutes, a LOT happens. For one, we realize that at least half of the Asgardian refugees have been murdered by Thanos and his puppets – who apparently consider that a blessing. The Hulk attacks Thanos, and the one beast that we think might be able to take on Thanos (also can we mention how awesome it is that Loki is the one who states, “we have a Hulk???”), looks like a child against the Titan.

Then Heimdell, poor man has had to deal with the mess of Asgard’s royal family for far too long, uses a crazy power we have not seen him use before. He basically rainbow bridges/teleports the Hulk back to Earth.

And then is killed…as Thor watches helplessly.

Thanos decides then, to use the one Infinity Stone he has – the power stone aka the purple one – to basically squish Thor’s head? Idk, something like that. Meanwhile, Loki is standing by and Thanos says that Thor will die if the Tesseract is not given to him.

I was crying because I knew what was gonna happen and this was his way of telling Thor that he loved him and was ready to die for himLoki gives him the Tesseract…Thor lives.

In the span of only a few minutes, Loki says that Thanos and his crew are going to need a tour guide to Earth, and that he could be that tour guide. As he approaches Thanos, a dagger materializes in the hand behind his back. Any attempts at tricking the Titan, however, are futile, and Loki is brutally choked to death in front of Thor.

So…this has basically been the worst week of Thor’s entire life. In only a matter of days, Thor has lost…

  • his dad (seriously Odin, AVOIDING CONFLICT MUCH?)
  • learned he had a sister, that she was a psychopath, then forced to kill her (not to mention that he learned his dad had in essence been lying to him his entire life)
  • forced to watch his home planet explode
  • lost an eye
  • and a hammer
  • the rest of the Asgardians that he JUST RESCUED are brutally murdered
  • his brother is killed in front of him
  • oh yeah, also his best friend

Ouch.

And somehow he still manages to keep it together??? Not to mention, on meeting Gamora, who through no fault of her own, IS the daughter of Thanos, who just KILLED HUNDREDS OF ASGARDIANS, Thor totally does not respond like a normal person would – bless him. Instead, he’s just like, “family’s are hard.”

The only silver-lining I can offer y’all, is the Russo brothers did say at some conference that Valkyrie and some Asgardian refugees escaped. So. There’s that.

The ship is obliterated, and hundreds of Asgardian bodies are floating through space. Cut scene to the Guardians. They heard the distress signal from the Asgardian ship and are on their way to see if they can help.

 Thump. Thor lands on their ship. He’s still breathing, so they bring him in. Some much needed humor insures, before they make a plan on what to do about Thanos. They split ways, with Rocket, Groot, and Thor going to Nidavellir in order to create a weapon that can kill Thanos, and the rest of the Guardians, head to Knowhere to try and stop the purple grape from getting the Reality Stone.

Back on Earth, the Hulk has crash-landed in Dr. Strange’s home, while Tony and Pepper are having a nice, lowkey jog in Central Park.

Welp, that doesn’t last long.

Dr. Strange creates a portal and once Tony sees Bruce, he realizes that something is up. Saying goodbye to Pepper, he joins the magicians and his fellow science nerd in Dr. Strange’s house. Barely any time has past, when chaos envelops New York City. Aliens. Alien technology. Not good.

Riding on a school bus, Peter Parker’s spider senses tell him that something BIG is about to happen – and not the good kind. His best friend, Ned, provides a distraction and off goes Spider-Man to figure out what the heck is going on.

Soon, Ironman, Dr. Strange, Wong, and Spider-Man are having to battle these aliens who call themselves the children of Thanos. Bruce tries to help, but after the last ordeal with the grapefruit Titan…the Hulk refuses to come out.

It ends with Dr. Strange, Tony, and Peter on an alien ship. In another part of the world, Scarlet Witch and Vision are having a romantic getaway.

all i can think of whenever i see steve's face in the third frame is that one guy on catfish saying "you got me there"Ok. Y’all. I just have to take a moment to give my thoughts on this relationship. Look, I love romance – most of my favorite scenes in movies, have to do with it. However, I have some serious problems with Wanda and Vision being together.

For one, Wanda is human – a mutant, yes, but still human – and Vision is a robot. Like, his brain is wires. This is my main issue…Vision is not human. He’s not even technically “alive,” the only thing that gives him the ability to halfway act like a human, is the stone.

Personally, I just find the ethical and moral issue of a human and robot having a romantic and sexual (also, it literally would be impossible for them to procreate since Vision is, like I said, not human) relationship disturbing.

I do realize they were together in the comics, but honestly y’all, there would have been so many better options for a romance. They could have paired Wanda with Steve or Bucky. Or, they could have not paired her with anyone. I want a romantic aspect, of course, but not like this.

Honestly, I’ve never just loved Vision’s character. He has some really cool powers, don’t get me wrong, but I never felt like he had an actual purpose in any of the films. In my opinion, it kind of felt like they put him there for the sole reason that they wanted him to have a romance with Wanda later. Although, I did appreciate the picture/line above where Vision reminds Cap that this is no different than when he sacrificed his life to save everyone else’s. ACCURATE.

Wanda Maximoff | Scarlet WitchScarlet Witch cutting loose in Wakanda

Speaking of Wanda, I really loved how her powers have grown. The fact that she could actually hold Thanos off, AND destroy the stone at the same time was awesome. Along with, how her levitating/flying and force field skills have improved.

And…no one can convince me that Steve Rogers and Natasha Romanoff have not formally adopted Wanda Maximoff as their child. I mean, the way they interacted with her? Pfft.

On that note, how freaking awesome was the scene where Captain America slowly comes out of the shadows and CATCHES the spear??? Quote from Tumblr…

“Proxima Midnight wields a special spear, that was forged by Thanos himself. This allows the spear to transform into light and change size. It hardly ever misses its target. That’s why it’s such a big deal to see Captain America dodge and grab this spear in the trailer. This isn’t supposed to be something you can catch.”

Not to mention that Cap briefly holds back Thanos WHILE he has the Infinity Gauntlet on! You can literally see the look of shock on the grapefruit’s face, that this human is able to do this.

I’m just saying. Steve Rogers could 100% pick up Mjolnir.

Note: The quotes on those pictures are from the comics FYI ❤

I do wish though, that he had gotten more screen time. Hopefully, in Avengers 4, they’ll give Cap more. In terms of screen time, Thor, Gamora, and Tony definitely received the most in this film.  I’ve already discussed Thor, pretty in depth, so I’ll jump into Gamora and Tony’s parts.

DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN INFINITY WAR That's fine I didn't need my heart anywaysI thought Gamora had a really great character arc. Getting a glimpse of her childhood, gave more weight to what she was going through in the present.

Seeing how much her relationship with Peter Quill has grown, was awesome. I loved how comfortable they had gotten with each other, and honestly, I was not expecting Gamora to die the way she did. I was ok with her dying, but I wanted her to die killing Thanos – or something like that. And even though she was not my favorite character, the romance between Peter and her was one of my favorites.

On Tony, like wow, character growth – am I right? He’s come so far, from being the selfish playboy, and hearing him talking to Pepper about wanting kids: ADORABLE.

His interactions with Doctor Strange were hilarious – as to be expected with two confident, albeit cocky geniuses. Also, I can’t go this far, of course, without mentioning Tony’s relationship with Peter Parker. I thought they did a great job with that, and really enjoyed the almost father/uncle relationship he has with him.

 But gosh. THAT SCENE. Y’all know which one I’m talking about. A++ acting Tom Holland. All of the other deaths happened so fast, and weren’t like traumatic (as in it wasn’t painful/gruesome), that I didn’t get that emotional about them. But this one, ouch. Seeing Peter, knowing what is happening, terrified of what the unknown will be, and just acting like how any teenager would – is clinging to Tony, begging him to make it stop.

Luckily, Tom Holland still has 2 more Spider-Man movies he’s signed on for, so Peter isn’t gone for good. But still. Eek.

I could go on and on, but seeing as how this blog post is getting a little bit long xD I’ll try and summarize the rest of my thoughts.

This action-packed movie had so much going on. There was never a dull moment, and when the film ended I was honestly surprised! It didn’t feel like it had been over two hours long. The ending was interesting, in the way that everything happened. Only the original Avengers were left….Captain America, Black Widow, Ironman, Thor, Bruce/Hulk, and we’re going to assume that Hawkeye is still alive. Along with, Okoye, Rhodney, Rocket, and Nebula.

When I watched this scene I was wondering why Bucky wasn't running right there with them, but now this explains it.Some of my favorite moments are as follows:

  • Steve Rogers stepping out of the shadows and catching the spear
  • Thor landing in Wakanda
  • Okoye and Natasha kicking butt with Wanda
  • T’Challa saying, “get this man a shield.”
  • All the funny moments with Spider-Man
  • Mantis saying, “Kick names, take ass.”

I’ve only seen the movie once, so I may be missing some other scenes I loved. I’m eager to see Avengers 4 – although kinda anxious, since there’s a rumor going around that at least four of the original six are going to be killed…

But yeah! If you’ve seen the movie, what did you think? Favorite lines, scenes? Did you love it, hate it, or don’t know yet? Let me know in the comments below!

~ Southern Dreamer

P.S. ROMANOGERS IS STILL ALIVE =D

Infinity War ~ Who’s In It?

*Deep Breaths*

Y’all. Avengers: Infinity War is out.

RIGHT NOW.

Is anyone else freaking out?

Cause, if you can’t tell, I totally am.

Ok. It’s fine. I’m calm, cool, and collected. Right? Right. 

*awkward laughter*

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

  • ORIGINAL AVENGERS
  • MAGIC PEEPS
  • THE TEENS
  • THE SIDEKICKS
  • THE ALIENS
  • THE NEWBIES

Excuse the rambling, let’s get to it, shall we? On the line-up in Infinity War, we have…

See the source imageTony Stark played by Robert Downey Jr (otherwise known as the godfather of the MCU as several of his fellow actors – Tom Holland and Mark Ruffalo specifically – have said, started the Marvel Cinematic Universe back in 2008 with Ironman. 

In his own words, he is a “genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist.” His skillset includes being a brilliant scientist (physics, computer science, chemistry, neuroscience), expert businessman and hacker, as well as being multilingual – though not fluent, and a gifted engineer and robotics technician. See the source image

Steve Rogers played by Chris Evans, another founder of the first Avengers team. Because of the serum, he has enhanced mental processing, strength, durability, speed, stamina, agility – greater than a Olympic gold-medalist, reflexes, and senses. He also has a regenerative healing factor.

Other advantages, include being a master martial artist, acrobat, tactician, and strategist, not to mention, that he is an expert marksman, military operator, pilot, and is multilingual – English and French.

See the source imageNatasha Romanoff, played by Scarlett Johansson, was trained by the KGB and Red Room, before earning the title of Black Widow. She is regarded as one of the most lethal assassins in the world.

Her skillset is comprised of being a master spy, martial artist, acrobat, interrogator, as well as being a pilot, multilingual (Latin, Russian, English, German, Chinese, Italian, etc), expert marksman and hacker, and having intellect equal to Captain America.See the source image

Bruce Banner, played by Mark Ruffalo most commonly, has the ability to transform into his alter-ego, the Hulk if his heart rate increases too much or he loses control of his emotions. The Hulk has superhuman strength, durability, stamina, speed, and a regenerative healing factor.

In terms of Bruce, he is master scientist (biochemistry, bio-organics, and atomic and radio physics), expert tactician, skilled physician, and is multilingual (fluent in Hindi and English).

Clint Barton, played by Jeremy Renner, was a SHIELD agent until SHIELD’s collapse. He is married to a woman named Laura, and they have three young children – Cooper, Lila, and Nathaniel.

Hawkeye’s skills are being a master marksman, acrobat, martial artist, and assassin. He is also a pilot, expert tactician, and is multilingual (English, Russian, Arabic, Chinese).

See the source imageThor Odinson, played by Chris Hemsworth, is not from Earth, instead hailing from Asgard and is now king of Asgard’s people. His Asgardian physiology means that he has superhuman strength, speed, reflexes, agility, durability, stamina, longevity, and a regenerative healing factor.

Additionally, Thor is able to manipulate the weather, electricity, and fly. He is also a master combatant, swordsman, spearman, leader, and pilot.

 

 

*pause*

WOO! And those are only the founding members of the Avengers! I’m so nervous y’all, on who they are going to kill off O_O I would really prefer if they left them all alone…pretty please Marvel – THEY HAVE SUFFERED ENOUGH. Who’s with me?

Alright, alright. I know y’all are wondering about the others! *inhales* Ok. *cracks knuckles* ONTO THE OTHERS!

MAGIC PEEPS:

See the source imageWanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, is from Sokovia, and upon volunteering to be experimented on for personal reasons, she gained many abilities, and eventually joined the Avengers.

Her powers include psionic energy manipulation – blasts/waves/bolts, levitation, force-field generation, telekinesis, telepathy, and mental manipulation.

Vision, played by Paul Bettany, is an android or robot whoSee the source image has a vibranium body. He is a mixture of Ultron and JARVIS, and is “alive” because of the Mind Gem which is embedded in his forehead.

The robot’s skills include density manipulation, superhuman durability and strength, intangibility, and flight. Vision can also make energy blasts, create synthetic skin constructs aka whatever outfit he feels like wearing xD, and as an android, his “brain” is basically a computer.

See the source imageStephen Strange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, was a renowned neurosurgeon until a tragic accident ruined his hands. He has a photographic memory, which is why he was able to earn a MD and PhD at the same time.

Through his journey, Dr. Strange was able to learn the mystic arts. In this way, he is able to be a master sorcerer – Eldritch magic, levitation – using the Cloak of Levitation, teleportation, interdimensional travel – using the Sling Ring; astral projection, time manipulation – using the Eye of Agamotto, and transmutation. He also has an eidetic memory, and is a master tactician, skilled martial artist, and multilingual.

Loki Laufeyson, played by Tom Hiddleston, is a Frost Giant, though adopted by Odin and Frigga as a baby. His Frost Giant heritage means that he has superhuman strength, speed, agility, durability, stamina, longevity, cold immunity, and regenerative healing factor.

Further, he is a master sorcerer in illusion manipulation, hypnosis, presence concealment, conjuring, and telekinesis. He is a master manipulator, tactician, expert combatant, pilot, and arcane lore – immense knowledge and skill in mystical objects.

It will certainly be interesting to see how all these super-magical people interact together! I hope we’ll get a scene of these four fighting side by side!

THE TEENS:

See the source imagePeter Parker, played by Tom Holland, otherwise known as Spider-Man, is a high school student at Midtown School of Science and Technology. Since his parents died when he was a child, he lives with his Aunt May.

In terms of skillsets, his spider physiology means that he has superhuman strength, speed, durability, agility, equilibrium. As well as, enhanced senses – vision, spider-sense, wall-crawling, and regenerative healing factor. Peter has gifted intelligence and is a tactician, investigator, trilingual (English, Spanish, Italian), acrobat, marksman, and combatant.See the source image

Shuri, played by Letitia Wright, is the princess of Wakanda, and is T’Challa’s younger sister. She is the leader of the Wakandan Design Group, and has developed much of her country’s technology. Additionally, she has a genius-level intellect on par with people like Stark, Banner, Helen Cho, Hank Pym, etc…

Her skillsets also include being a master engineer and multilingual (English and Xhosa).

Groot, played by Vin Diesel, is a sentient, tree-like being, who is the son of the Groot in the first Guardians of the Galaxy. He has superhuman strength, durability, enhanced speed, regenerative healing factor, longevity, and rebirth. Further, he is able to generate light, flowers, twigs, vines, and can use these to create a shield-like structure. Groot is also elastic.

I seriously need interactions between these three!!!

THE SIDEKICKS:

See the source imageSam Wilson, played by Anthony Mackie, was introduced in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He is an ex-military officer, good friend of Steve, and uses the codename “The Falcon.” His skillsets include being an expert marksman, tactician, aviator, and being proficient in different weapons. He also has hand-to-hand combat skills, and is a great pilot.

James Rhodes, played by Don Cheadie, known as “Rhodney” is a U.S. military officer and jet pilot in the Air Force. Best friends with Tony, Rhodney was one of the first in the Marvel universe as he appeared in Ironman. His codename is “War Machine” and he is an expert pilot, tactician, martial artist, and marksman.See the source image

See the source imageWong, played by Benedict Wong, was introduced in Doctor Strange, as he helped Strange go on his journey of learning about the mystic arts and rediscover himself. He is a master martial artist, sorcerer, and can create, shape, and manipulate Eldritch magic.

Okoye, played by Danai Gurira, is the general of the Dora Milaje and in charge of Wakanda’s armed forces and intel. She is an expert martial artist and marksman, as well as, being multilingual (Xhosa, English, Korean).See the source image

Bucky Barnes, played by Sebastian Stan, was introduced in Captain America: The First Avenger as the best friend of Steve. Later, he is manipulated by HYDRA and becomes “The Winter Soldier,” although, at the end of Black Panther, some children call him “White Wolf.”

See the source imageBecause of the experimentation done on him, he has artificially enhanced physiology – enhanced strength, speed, durability, stamina, agility, reflexes, and regenerative healing factor. His biotic arm gives him superhuman strength. Among his skillsets include being a master martial artist, marksman, assassin, acrobat, and mastery over knives. He is also a master pilot and multilingual (English, Russian, Romanian, etc).

 

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Gamora, played by Zoe Saldana, is the adopted daughter of Thanos. She has Zehoberei physiology and bionic enhancements. This gives her superhuman strength, agility, stamina, and a regenerative healing factor as well as enhanced durability and vision.

She is a master assassin, combatant, and of swords, also, an expert marksman and pilot.

See the source imageNebula, played by Karen Gilan, is another of Thanos’s adopted daughters. Her Luphomoid physiology gives her superhuman strength, durability, and agility. She also has cybernetic enhancements and regenerative healing factor.

Her skillsets include being a master assassin, combatant, pilot, and expert marksman.See the source image

Drax, played by Dave Bautista, is known as “Drax the Destroyer.” He has superhuman strength, durability, agility, and a regenerative healing factor. Additionally, he is a master of knives and an expert combatant.

See the source imageRocket, played by Bradley Cooper, is a genetically enhanced fur animal. He has enhanced strength, durability, agility, and acute senses, as well as, genius-level intellect. Further, other skillsets include being a master pilot, engineer, marksman, tactician, and an expert combatant.See the source image

Mantis, played by Pom Klementief, was raised by Celestial Ego. She has enhanced durability, and is an empathetic, meaning that she can sense others emotions, manipulate them, and induce sleep.

THE NEWBIES:

See the source imageT’Challa (I know technically he was in Civil War, but I feel like Infinity War will be the first time he’s really fighting with the Avengers), played by Chadwick Boseman, is the king of Wakanda. With the heart-shaped herb, T’Challa is able to have enhanced strength, speed, stamina, durability, agility, reflexes, and regenerative healing factor.

He has genius-level intellect, and is a skilled pilot. Also, his skillsets include being a master martial artist, acrobat, tactician, and is multilingual (Xhosa, English).

Scott Lang (sort of the same thing with T’Challa, on why I’m putting him here), played by Paul Rudd, is known as Antman – using the technology of Hank Pym. With his suit, he has size manipulation, superhuman strength and durability, and insect manipulation.

On his own, he is an expert thief, engineer, acrobat, tactician, and martial artist. He also has gifted intelligence. See the source image

Carol Denvers, played by Brie Larson, is known as “Captain Marvel.” In 2019, her debut movie, Captain Marvel will be coming out. Until then, here are her skillsets based on the comics. She has superhuman strength, stamina, durability, agility, flexes, regenerative healing factor, and has a contaminant immunity.

Further, she can fly both in and out of space, flash precognition/cosmic awareness, photonic blasts, energy absorption, and has minor molecular control. She is a experienced spy, multilingual (English, Russian, Kree, Shi’ar), master pilot, combatant, and a journalist.

Wow. So many amazing superheroes – and those are only the main ones! Tomorrow, I will be seeing Infinity War in theaters. Cue excitement and nerves. I have mixed feelings, because I am super pumped to see it, butttttttt I also know that they will be killingoffsomeofmyfavoritecharacters. WHICH, I am not ok with.

Pretty please, let’s all not give any spoilers away – ESPECIALLY on a movie of this size and magnitude and an ending that will effect the rest of the MCU.

When are y’all going to see Infinity War? Are you excited? Anxious?

~ Southern Dreamer

 

 

Black Panther ~ Movie Review

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Over spring break, my dad and I went to see Black Panther. It was my second time seeing it, and his first. With the upcoming Infinity War, I thought I would hurry on up and get in my review of this movie first! 🙂

Black Panther takes place after Civil War, with T’Challa, played by Chadwick Boseman, returning to Wakanda, after the death of his father, to take his place as king. Wakanda is a nation in Africa, however, its actual country is concealed from the world. Most people believe that it is a poor nation, that happens to have a small amount of the strongest metal on earth – vibranium.

The truth, though, is that Wakanda is one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world and is far from being helpless.

During the course of the movie, T’Challa’s reign gets challenged by a foe that is surprisingly connected to Wakanda, and he is forced into a difficult position of what to do when your entire worldview and belief about your country and family is rocked on its axis.

His family is there to support him each step of the way however, with his sister, Shuri, played by Letitia Wright (I did a post on her here), and his mother, Queen Romanda, played by Angela Bassett. With their help, T’Challa strives to do the right thing, while having the weight of Wakanda on his shoulders in the process.

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Black Panther is an amazing movie that combines action, humor, and culture into a two hour and fourteen minute film, and if you haven’t seen it, you definitely need to.

Alright, as per usual, there’s the spoiler-free version 😉

SPOILERS AHEAD.

WARNING Y’ALL.

ANYTHING BELOW WILL HAVE SPOILERS.

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

With that out of the way, full-speed ahead into spoiler territory!

There’s so much to unpack in this movie, that I’m just going to jump right in and ask that y’all bear with me.

 First of all, can I just say that Marvel does sibling relationships fabulously??? I love Shuri and T’Challa’s relationship. There’s Shuri, who at sixteen, gets a huge kick out of the fact that her brother is being made king. This is never more apparent than at the ceremony, when she asks, “can we get on with it already?” and mentions that the corset is really killing her.

And T’Challa, who bless his soul, finds himself continually roasted by his little sis. I saw something on Tumblr that I just have to restate here – “being a good older brother: reassuring your sister after she unknowingly ran over someone in the street.” xD

So funny.

One of my favorite scenes in the movie, is at the very end, when the antagonist of the movie, Erik Killmonger (also I LOVE NAMES WITH PUNS, and like the fact that his last name has the world “kill” in it is hilariously ironic considering his reputation), is about to attack Shuri. At this point, Shuri has used all the firepower in her weapons and stumbles to the ground.

In the distance, T’Challa is taking some serious hits from basically the entire tribe under W’Kabi. You can see him getting tired and becoming weary, when all of a sudden, in his line of sight, he catches view of Erik about to attack Shuri.

Pretty sure you can guess what happens. T’Challa ain’t having NONE of that dude hurting his little sister, and instantly, you can physically see him becoming reinvigorated as he races toward them and knocks Erik away from Shuri.

It reminded me so much of in Star Wars, when Vader is taunting Luke. And Luke is doing an awesome job of keeping his cool, until Vader mentions Leia…starts threatening her. Farewell calm persona, hello protective anger.

Lesson of the day, ladies and gentlemen, don’t mess with someone’s siblings. Just. Don’t. Seriously, you will live a much longer life if you listen to this piece of advice xD

On the mention of Star Wars, I can’t help but also notice that there were some other elements that echoed the space series. For one, did anyone else get Padme Amidala vibes from Queen Romanda’s outfit, when she greets T’Challa upon him arriving home? Cause I totally did. The more obvious touch, I think, were Shuri’s buns – reminiscing of Princess Leia.

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I thought Black Panther also did a great job of showcasing the culture of Africa. You can tell they really put a lot of thought and effort into the research for the different tribes and such.

Additionally, they did a great job of showing so many different type of women. There’s not just one stereotype. You have Nakia, who has a compassionate spirit, desire to help others, and is a spy for Wakanda. You have Okoye, who has strong leadership qualities, not very emotional, and is the general of the Dora Milaje, an elite female special force that protects the king. You have Queen Romanda, who is wise, more traditionally feminine (if that makes sense), and an advisor to T’Challa. You have Shuri, a light-hearted teen, who has one of the most brilliant minds in the world.

In terms of the villain, I did not see Erik Killmonger being related to T’Challa coming at all! So, I think they set that up very well to be a surprise. I liked how they tied in the storyline of helping others with the villain, without making what Erik did right.

#blackpanther #erikkillmonger #tchalla #marvel #mcu #michaelbjordan #chadwickboseman

And Everett Ross was such a great addition. I felt like he was pretty much everyone in the audience if we were in the movie: “Hey, don’t know what I’m doing, or what’s going on, but I’ll totally help with anything.”

Personally, Shuri was one of my favorite characters in the movie. I loved her humor and the light-heartedness she brought to the film, which was much needed with some of the seriousness.

If you’ve seen Black Panther, what did you think about it? Favorite scenes, characters? If you haven’t, I encourage you to go watch it! And definitely see it before Infinity War!

~ Southern Dreamer