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Black Panther Movie Themes Review Series



Over the past two weeks, I have written 10 blog posts which review a number of themes from the Disney-Marvel Studios movie, Black Panther, which just released on February 16, 2018.

This 10-part review collection is called, Wakanda Forever! Below are the links to each post so you can easily access them all in one place.

Feel free to share your thoughts and insights on the film and how they relate to these posts.

Wakanda Forever: Part 1: What Our Generation Needs

Wakanda Forever: Part 2: Black is Beautiful

Wakanda Forever: Part 3: The Tragedy of Disconnection

Wakanda Forever: Part 4: What Could Have Been…

Wakanda Forever: Part 5: Strong Women

Wakanda Forever: Part 6: Ancestor Worship and the Bible

Wakanda Forever: Part 7: Systemic Oppression in America

Wakanda Forever: Part 10

Wakanda Forever: Part 10 – Yes We Can!


So, here we are at the end of this 10-part movie review. My original intent was to write 1-3 posts on various issues Black Panther raises, but compulsion overtook me!

Why do I love this movie so much? What’s this sense of euphoria, this sense of excitement, possibility, hope and pride?  I had felt this before a few years back, but couldn’t nail down when exactly that was. It took a few days to mull it over and then it hit me while talking with my wife:


“The last time I felt like this was when Barack Obama ran for president the first time!”

That sense of ‘Yes We Can!’ was almost tangible. Before then, the political system seemed defunct. But when Obama ran, I felt like I was a part of a movement that was much bigger than me. My vote mattered. Change was possible.

Wakanda Forever: Part 3

Wakanda Forever: Part 3 – The Tragedy of Disconnection

Click here to read Part 2 or Part 1 of this multi-part movie review.

Black Panther Killmonger vs TChalla







WARNING: there is a minor spoiler in this particular review.

Marvel Studios’ Black Panther movie is a treasure chest of a story. One gem in particular which is at the heart of this treasury is a cautionary tale about what can happen when a person is disconnected from their heritage and the relationships which help to define it.


Both T’Challa (protagonist) and Erik Killmonger (antagonist) have been disconnected from their fathers (and by extension their heritage). However, T’Challa has a community and an entire nation which helps him reconnect to who he is and who he is destined to become. On the other hand, Erik Killmonger, who grew up in the ‘hood,  has no one and nothing to fall back on but himself. He has a piece of his heritage, but he grows in isolation, warping what he does know into something else entirely.