There are many absurd notions circulating in 2017: the notion that girls have to look a certain way to be accepted, the notion that if boys don’t wear certain kicks (kicks, that’s so 4 years ago) then they’re worthless, the list goes on. But perhaps the most absurd notion around is that kids aren’t mature enough to handle political or historical films/TV.
However, this can’t be because of the complexity of politics and history- because over the last decade- Marvel have been building a cinematic universe, with interlocking story lines so complex that kids who watch them should have no problem understanding the conflict in Syria. Of Corse, many directors and producers today worry that using current or historical events could shape the world view of young people and provide a biased insight. So we just won’t learn about anything real then.
Obviously, there are some notable acceptions to this rule- and Marvel have been very successful in their cinematic adaptations of comic books- and have a reputation as the classic superhero movie maker. Though compared to DC’s record, that’s not really saying much on its own…
I enjoyed Captain America: Civil War very much, not just for the tasters of the upcoming Spider-Man film, but also for its references to politics. Part of the film follows T’Challa, the son of the King of the fictional African country of Wakanda. T’Challa however, makes it clear that he does not aprove of the large scale diplomacy that his does. Later, after the death of his father, T’Challa promises to avenge his death and it is later revealed that he is the masked vigilantly Black Panther. This notion of diplomacy vs ‘real action’ makes for a unique movie- slightly more informative than your standard superhero movie- and it gave me much hope for the upcoming Black Panther film and its possibilities.
However, it is likely that this film will not follow my vision and direction, so I wanted to share my vision for it here. At the heart of every great film, is great dialogue, and we’ve seen that more than often, dialogue makes those action scenes more powerful and prominent. Take Kill Bill for example. So as well as the action which we’ve come to expect from Marvel- dialogue should be at the forefront. From the plot details revealed, it’s also clear that the film will focus around Black Panther and his return to Wakanda as King, where he will be challenged by a rival group, wanting to end his reign. This seems interesting, however I fear that the film will weigh physical conflict over political conflict.
The concept of the Black Panther film is very interesting. To take the King of nation, who is also a superhero, and illastuste the battle for power. However I want to see the political element of the film in full swing. I want to see the struggle between diplomacy and violence/ the political vs vigilantly action fight being accurately represented. I am not suggesting that the action element of the film should be downplayed, but having intense and intriguing political dialogue in between will make it even better. Perhaps having co-directors such as Beau Willimon (House of Cards show runner) or someone with political dialogue sensitivity and another director who can deliver great action. A kind of set up like this could make for a fun and interesting movie.
The new Black Panther film could be like listening to jazz, sipping wine and eating cheese- however, it’s much more likely to be like cracking open a cold one with the boys…