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14 May 2016 17:38
The Black Panther, played by Chadwick Boseman, makes "Captain America: Civil War" compelling viewing. (Marvel)
I think we can all agree that Captain America: Civil War is a kickass
movie. It has balanced action, a huge
cast of heroes who take part in a battle
royale and a story that manages
to be both epic and personal.
A highlight of Civil War is the
introduction of a new Spider Man,
played by Tom Holland. Civil War codirector Joe Russo told Entertainment Weekly.
That’s massively important. We
have got our own terrible history
of abuse, violence and apartheid:
a history that will still take many years to heal. And then you’ve got Wakanda, a fictional nation, which
is the polar opposite of what South
Africa has been through.
In the comics,
Wakanda is not only home to the
Black Panther but also the most technologically advanced country on the planet. It’s a nation that has never
been conquered, having easily fought
off the likes of Dutch, British and
American forces over centuries: countries
with shady governments that would stop at nothing to destabilise Wakanda and claim the vibranium
ore that is found only in that land.
It’s one of the reasons Wakanda
was for many years an isolationist
country, before it began reaching out
and attempting to better the world,
giving it a future that lies in the stars.
Civil War is going to be an important
movie for the entire continent.
To see a hero who echoes the best of
Africa, a warrior-king in vibranium
threads who, in a way, embodies the
lessons taught by Nelson Mandela on
compassion and action, is inspiring.
It makes me want to pump my fist up
and shout RSA! RSA! RSA!
The Black Panther movie is scheduled
for a February 2018 release date,
alongside Doctor Strange, Guardians
of the Galaxy Volume 2, Thor: Ragnarok
and others in the third phase
that stretches into 2020.
This article was first published on lazygamer.net on 6 May 2016.
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