Me and the film ‘BLACK PANTHER’: An introduction



A casual look at my blog postings will show that “Black Panther” has been on my mind a little bit during the past year. That’s not surprising, given that I’m a big Marvel Studios film fan. But it’s interesting to look back at this now decade of MCU films purely on one level: How many times I saw each in theaters.

Each initial viewing was just ahead of or during opening weekend for the first screening

  • Iron Man (2008): 2
  • The Incredible Hulk (2008): 1
  • Iron Man 2 (2010) 1
  • Thor (2011): 2
  • Captain America: The First Avenger (2011): 2
  • Avengers (2012) 2 (both during opening weekend)
  • Iron Man 3 (2013): 1
  • Thor: The Dark World (2013): 2
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014): 2
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (2014): 2
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015): 1
  • Ant-Man (2015): 1
  • Captain America: Civil War (2016): 2
  • Doctor Strange (2016): 1
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017): 1
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017): 1
  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017): 1
  • Avengers: Infinity War (2018): 2
  • Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018): 1

I’ve since seen all except “Infinity War” and “AM&TW” at least one additional time on home video. But it’s pretty much a rule that even when I really like a movie, I do not see it more than two times in cinemas.

I saw Black Panther FIVE times.

So yeah, I really liked “Black Panther.”  And I always knew I was going to write about it in this space and I knew it would be a big deal. But as I’ve also said before in this space, I need to see these sorts of films twice before I can settle my thoughts on them. And “Black Panther,” more than many films, is one that is layered and does not reveal its true power until repeat viewings.

As such, this film defied my attempts to write just a single article as I did with its immediate predecessor in the MCU, “Thor: Ragnarok.”

Therefore, in similar manner to my Life Lessons retrospective of my other favorite film, “The Empire Strikes Back,” I’m going to write a series of posts about Black Panther’s meaning to this black man. And with Oscar nominations to be announced today, I’m sure I’ll be talking a lot about its potential place among the best films Hollywood looks to honor.

Hope you’ll read along. But please see the film first, if you haven’t. Spoilers will abound.

Part 1: Introduction and initial reaction

PART 2: Wakanda 

PART 3: Blackest Film Ever?

PART 4: The Women

PART 5: Killmonger

PART 6: The Score 

PART 7: A king of a picture

And an epilogue: My Oscar Screening Party 2019 


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