Film with predominantly black actors was overdue - Black Panther's Andy Serkis

ENTERTAINMENT     Review 'Black Panther' is one spectacular superhero     
       Marvel flick hits theaters nationwide Feb. 16

But liberal commentary site Salon went a little too far with its initial raves regarding "Black Panther", calling it "the first blockbuster-format release featuring a black hero front and center".

"A superhero movie whose characters have integrity and dramatic heft, filled with engaging exploits and credible crises all grounded in a vibrant but convincing reality, laced with socially conscious commentary as well as wicked laughs that don't depend on snark, this is the model of what an involving popular entertainment should be".

Unlike many of its more hollow predecessors, "Black Panther" has real, honest-to-goodness stakes. He is a "villain" only in quotes; his means are extreme but his cause is just.

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You can check out the new Black Panther cover of Time Magazine below. Chadwick Boseman plays T'challa with an air of royalty that doesn't require a lot of hooping and hollering. "I think the amount of responsibility that he has as a superhero and as a king is interesting", Boseman said.

The issue is brought to the fore by an unknown Wakandan exile, Erik "Killmonger" Stevens (Michael B. Jordan), an American-made soldier who aspires to take Wakanda's power to rebalance black power around the globe. Not an evil character, Killmonger's reason for being who he is and doing what he does completely makes sense.

The movie's megawatt casting, with stars like Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong'o, Angela Bassett and Michael B. Jordan, and jaw-dropping special effects, are sure to deliver an unforgettable experience for superhero fans. Okoye is the General who leads the Dora Milaje, T'challa's security team. There's no guarantee it will stay that way, with dozens more critics expected to have their say over the next week or so, but T'Challa and the Wakandans are off to the best possible start. All of the women are represented as having their own goal and individual drive. There's also Letitia Wright, last seen in the recent Liam Neeson thriller The Commuter, who is on top form and brings most of the comedy as T'Challa's sister Shuri. She was a breathe of fresh air in every scene that she was in. "Then he came in and watched quite a bit of the movie, and the next thing I know, they were booking a studio and they were going at it".

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