Ryan Coogler Triumphs with “Black Panther”

In Black Panther, director Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed) has crafted a nearly perfect solo film for the eponymous African Superhero.  The film has all of the visual appeal, action, and expert world-building that we have come to expect from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). In addition, Coogler instills the film with superlatives that are rarely attached to the MCU:  a noteworthy and complex villain, a rich political subtext, and a truly thematic conflict.  It is likely too early to crown Black Panther as the greatest anything, but it is folly to ignore the power behind such an exemplary film.

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