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Director Ryan Coogler Describes Black Panther's Thematic Uniqueness

Black Panther director Ryan Coogler comments on the weighty topics of his upcoming MCU film.

Moviegoers are living the golden age of superhero flicks with major studios annually doling out a handful of installments for their cinematic universes. Leading the trend and still going strong, Marvel Cinematic Universe doesn't just rely on its mainstream appeal to solidify the dominance in the superhero segment.

In a recent interview, Black Panther director Ryan Coogler has answered Fandango about the profound, character-driven narrative of Black Panther:

I think it's a bit of an espionage thriller. I think it's a little bit of a family drama. It involves T'Challa working with his family, so I think there's a family-drawn element to it. He works with his sister, he works with his mother. He's dealing with the loss of his father, so similar to any film that deals with royalty, you have a family element and you have a political side, too.

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Coogler also mentions how the film stands on its own strengths–next to other MCU movies:

I think that the cultural element of [Black Panther]–and how cultural specificity takes such a big role in the film–that’s what makes it quite unique. I'm excited to see more [superhero movies], but there hasn't really been a film about a character like T'Challa before.

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Concerns regarding the superhero stagnation have raised valid points on the overall approach to superheroes, and there are still superhero films that hype then disappoint. However, filmmakers are learning and evolving to find innovative ways to transform the subgenre into something more resilient and fulfilling than just purely entertaining blockbusters for geeks and the mainstream.

Recent years witness subversive takes on heroic themes and genre tropes with the successes of Deadpool, Logan, and Thor: Ragnarok. Hopefully, Black Panther, with its enthusiastic cast and crew, can continue this innovative current.

Source: Fandango

Black Panther is released on February 16th, 2018.