While comic book movies (or superhero movies) are definitely one of the most prominent genres in today’s landscape of blockbuster films, though that’s not to say each film is exactly the same. Marvel Studios was very cognizant of the need to change things up, and as a result, each of their films utilizes tropes and styles of other subgenres.
Among the genres that have been utilized are science fiction, space opera, heist, espionage thriller, and high school comedy. So what about their latest outing, Black Panther? Speaking with Fandango, director Ryan Coogler clarified that the film takes its influences from multiple genres. Here’s what he said:
“I think it’s got a lot of elements, man. 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. It works as a political drama as well…Yeah, [we can definitely see the comparisons with] James Bond. I think similar to Captain America: The Winter Soldier, we’re definitely influenced by the films of the ’70s and influenced by crime fiction.”
Based on what we’ve seen so far in the trailers, it does seem most similar to the past two Captain America films, and that makes sense since he was introduced in Captain America: Civil War. However, the film is also willing to pave its own way with its family and political drama, and that’s an area that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has never tackled before (unless you count Thor, which works more on a Shakespearean level than a modern political one).
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