Black Panther isn't your typical comic book movie. This is a movie that challenges culture, politics, and even the individual.
As the newly crowned king of the fictional nation of Wakanda, T'Challa must ask himself what he stands for as a leader, and as his father told him, "You are a good man with a good heart, but it is hard for a good man to be king." And this becomes the biggest challenge for T'Challa as he must deal with the sins of his nation's past and lead his people into a new era. There are many easy roads to take for T'Challa, but each one is selfish. He instead, like all of our favorite heroes, finds another way, a better way, even when it's the most difficult.
This isn't just a movie for black people. This isn't just a movie for comic book fans. This is a movie for everyone, as everyone will find something meaningful to take from this story. Its message of "in times of trouble, the wise build bridges while the foolish build barriers" is a powerful lesson to learn, and it shows how important it is to help those that need it, even when it doesn't benefit us. We must all sacrifice and support the needy, and this will, in turn, build bridges towards a better world.
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