The film's release fueled pleas to release jailed political activists. That's the highest opening of all time for a film in February.
Once in Wakanda, T'Chaka finds his leadership challenged by splinter groups that wish to destroy Wakanda's way of life. But shortly after assuming the throne, T'Challa's reign as king and Black Panther is put in jeopardy by his cousin, who has discovered the death of his father at the hands of King T'Chaka (John Kani) and is now seeking revenge.
From the moment we meet him in Black Panther ogling ancient African artifacts at a British museum, one thing stands out about Michael B. Jordan's Erik Killmonger: his hair. After a ceremonial battle, T'Challa is victorious and goes on a journey to the spirit plane to commune with his ancestors. Black Panther could've easily used the U.N.as the finale, but returning to Oakland to see Wakanda's first outreach program gives fans more of an emotional attachment. This is perhaps the most distinguishing part of the movie's conception. It's cited as a reason there aren't more big-budget black films being made. So is this myth that black films don't do well overseas finally dead?
Britain's Daniel Kaluuya, meanwhile, has suggested the film's success lies in audiences seeing it in cinemas rather than using illegal means to access it. The film also stars Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Andy Serkis, and Martin Freeman. It's also the biggest domestic opening in history for a black director, according to Forbes.
News to you? It is to T'Challa, too, even though we got a brief peek at it in Marvel Legacy #1. Hopefully we'll be able to see it once Black Panther arrives on DVD and Blu-ray. Namely, the treatment and ultimate death of Killmonger. "That was something that a white male that grew up in the United States can take for granted". While the movie takes place in the fictional country of Wakanda, it is obviously inspired by a mix of African tribes and traditions, such as the fashion and music featured in the film.
Over his tenure as a superhero, T'Challa has found allegiance with several different heroes including the X-Men member, Storm, who he was married to.