Special Edition Podcast

Special Edition – Black Panther

Show Notes

Conor Kilpatrick is joined by Paul Montgomery and Ryan Haupt to take a trip to Wakanda and discuss the latest film from Marvel Studios — Black Panther!

Running Time: 00:48:46


“All the Stars”
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  1. It was an objectively good movie. Not just a good comic book movie.

    As much as I’d really like to see Michael B Jordan be a persistent character in the MCU, the Marvel movies all have one huge weakness. Poor villains. It’s the harder job right now in the genre and I feel like you should cast the strongest actor you’ve got in that role. I think we got that with Kingpin, Loki, The Purple Man, and even the Vulture. In all those cases I felt like I enjoyed the villain as much or more than the hero.

    It’s a shame they couldn’t figure out a way to keep Killmonger around for future movies, but honestly I think Killmonger’s arc in the movie was perfect, and it probably would have cheapened his whole message if they had pulled their punch at the end. That said if they really want to mirror comic book storytelling the villains should be as persistent as the heroes. If I had any criticism of the movie it’s that it killed all it’s villains off before the end. That means next Black Panther movie we need to start over again with a new villain rather than build off the character development form the previous movie. I don’t know if reacting to my criticism would have made a stronger or weaker movie though because I feel like when each villain died it made sense in the context of the story rather than just cheap closure. Though I think they could have kept Klaw around to be a minor reoccurring villain without too much tinkering with the script.

  2. 1) I loved that, without dwelling on it, there was a really strong “Prime Directive” vibe, that T’Challa and his ancestors knew that to just let this technology out into the world would be disastrous. Clau and Killmonger only prove the point when their first thought is to use vibranium for weapons rather than any of the other peaceful technology. I think the end solution, to build in essence Wakandan cultural and scientific consulates for the purpose of raising people up, was an intelligent one. The government still maintains control of the resource and technology while passing along the learned knowledge. Elevate, not decimate. But this could also be a great plot starter for BP2, the inevitable subversion of this idealistic policy. Or show how Wakanda is changing because of letting the world in. It will be interesting to see how Thanos’ attack will tie in, as this was one of the issues that Coates’ run has brought up.

    2) There were only four references to the larger MCU, two of them essentially the same. The necessary call-backs to Civil War’s killing of T’Chaka, Ross mentioning the vibranium used in the Sokovia incident, Shuri’s reference to fixing “another broken white boy,” and then the self-same white boy showing up in the end credit scene (which maybe will tie into Infinity War like the end scene in Ant-Man was just a pulled scene from Civil War). Other than that, no attempts to foreshadow anything or try to squeeze in lots of Easter eggs for fans – no Shuri looking at a Black Panther suit and saying “maybe next time,” for example, or T’Chaka in the dream world telling his son of a danger coming from the stars. I liked that this was basically a self-contained movie.

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