Black Panther Is The James Bond Of The MCU

Marvel is becoming the master of twisting and tweaking the superhero formula to keep their audiences engaged and excited about what’s coming next. Captain America: Civil War was a murder-mystery, Thor: Ragnarok a buddy-cop/road picture, Ant-Man and the Wasp is a rom-com. Now add Black Panther to the list of unexpected sub-genres: a James Bond-style techno-espionage thriller.

Audiences are tiring of the typical origin story, they’ve become predictable — a sure-fire way to shed audiences. Marvel is trying to stay a step ahead of audience fatigue by shaking-up the typical patterns in these movies, generally via team-ups, humor, and visual style. Black Panther as James Bond definitely adds an unexpected layer of interest to what is already a can’t-miss movie.

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Director Ryan Coogler explains the intent to Total Film (via GamesRadar):

“When I first started talking to Marvel, one thing they were interested in was for Panther to be their version of James Bond, which I thought was incredibly interesting and exciting. It was a really outside-of-the-box way to look at T’Challa. There are some Bond films that I really, really like, and it gave me the opportunity to go watch some other ones.”

Marvel has long-hinted that the African nation of Wakanda, legendary home of Black Panther, was keeping secrets, and the world will soon see what they’ve been hiding. Among other things, a giant cache of Vibranium — the stuff of superhero shields, bulletproof armor, and other military-grade ordnance and weaponry. Naturally, when word of Wakanda’s technology and natural resources gets out, every terrorist and their brothers-in-arms will be racing to get a piece of the action.

The big question is how far Marvel and Coogler are taking this Bond premise? Is there a “Q” or an “M” or a Moneypenny? It appears that at least one character is embracing the comparison, Shuri (played by actor Letitia Wright), sister of T’Challa. She had this to say:

“Yeah, why not? She’s T’Challa’s Q. She’s by his side with the technology he needs. The way she helps him is really cool.”

Black Panther was already setting up to be a fresh and dynamic addition to the MCU. Adding science, technology, and a James Bond atmosphere to the narrative makes this an even more intriguing superhero movie.

Were you expecting a bit of James Bond in your Black Panther? Let us know in the comments down below!

Black Panther hits theaters on February 16, 2018.

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SOURCE: GamesRadar

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