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‘Black Panther’—long live the king

LAPACAZO SANDOVAL | 2/8/2018, 3:41 p.m.
Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” is the story of T’Challa, a young African prince who takes on the mantle of king ...
'Black Panther'

Academy Award-winner Lupita Nyong’o’s character is Nakia a War Dog, a Wakandan spy often embedded in countries outside of Wakanda to observe and report back. She must decide whether she should be guided by her duty to her nation or her feelings for T’Challa. 

Playing a Marvel villain, Erik Killmonger is Michael B. Jordan, who brings such devious levels of unbridled pain that this actor actually manages to elicit “sympathy” for the “devil.”

Okoye (Danai Gurai) is the head of the Dora Milaje, the all-female Wakandan special forces. She is the best fighter in Wakanda and she is fiercely loyal to the throne.

W’Kabi (Daniel Kaluuya, Academy Award nominated for “Get Out”) is the head of security for the Border Tribe, who live on the borders of Wakanda and serve as the first line of defense for the country. To outsiders, they appear to be what people would “expect” of a small African nation, but the truth is they are some of the fiercest warriors in Wakanda, intent on protecting the secrets of their nation at all costs.

Shuri (Letitia Wright) is T’Challa’s quick-witted little sister and tech wizard. She is second-in-line for the throne behind her brother and is the smartest person in Wakanda—the top scientist and the innovator behind the Black Panther’s updated suits and technology.

“It’s hard for a good man to be king,” is one of the best lines uttered in this film. How true, how true.

“Black Panther” stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis. The film is directed by Ryan Coogler from a screenplay he wrote with Joe Robert Cole.

“Black Panther” opens Feb. 16.