With the success of the recent Black Panther 2018 Marvel movie, we need to see a Black Panther Netflix Series.
Movies with a diverse cast are totally kicking ass right now. The public has spoken and people loved the Black Panther marvel movie, which means I reckon pretty soon we might see a Black Panther Netflix Series.
So what makes the Black Panther film so special?
Black Panther has a lot of things going for it. Not only is it a trendy superhero film but it has an all star cast of non-white actors who rarely have their voices heard.
It also centres around black themes and issues, which rarely get shown on the big screen.
But most importantly it’s just a really well made movie with stunning visuals. The storyline is based after the events of Captain America: Civil War. T’Challa goes back to take control over Wakanda after the death of his father.
The CGI effects look amazing and the action sequences are awesome. I especially loved the vivid colours of the Wakanda landscape.
Black Panther has made over $50 million on its Friday release and is expected to rake in over $200 million over the weekend!
The Black Panther cast includes mainly non-white actors.
This is another strength of the movie. When do we ever get to see a Hollywood blockbuster with a predominantly non-white cast? The Black Panther cast was done really well and will hopefully lead the way for more diverse star casting in the future.
Some of this incredible cast include: Chadwick Boseman, who was introduced as Black Panther in Civil War. Daniel Kaluuya plays W’Kabi, head of security of Wakanda’s border. He’s an amazing up and coming actor who you might recognise from Get Out (2017).
Other stars include Michael B. Jordan and Forest Whitaker, who you’ll know are no strangers to the big screen. I was also really impressed with Angela Basset who played Ramonda, Queen of Wakanda and Black Panther’s mother. You’ll be seeing a lot more of her in upcoming Marvel movies.
It’s pretty clear that audiences want more movies like the Black Panther. Although, having said that, the movie did have its flaws…
So why does Black Panther need its own Netflix Series?
When I was watching Black Panther it felt overly condensed. Kind of like the director was trying to squash a bunch of stuff into a 90 minute movie.
I think we need to see a Black Panther Netflix Series that goes into far greater depth. So much of the epic Black Panther comic-book storyline felt either too rushed or just wasn’t included.
Most of the movie dealt with T’Challa’s personal issues of heritage and country, which was great. But there’s so much more I wanted to see. Obviously the Black Panther storyline is so diverse and action packed that it can’t all be jammed into a 90 minute movie.
That’s why we need a Black Panther series on Netflix to unpack the storyline fully.
It would be great to dive into T’Challa’s issues as he deals with ruling his country but we also need to see more of the events of the Marvel comics. A Black Panther TV series would allow us to see both those things.
I want to see if Netflix can make the Black Panther Marvel comics’ narrative relevant to current issues of diversity. We touched on the topic of the film’s layered narrative in this great article by Patrick Newbery.
There’s no doubt that a Netflix adaptation of Black Panther would be one of the most popular series on the platform. The grittiness of the character as a tormented anti-hero will really suit the Netflix tone nicely.
It would also be cool to show all the technology of Wakanda since they are the most technologically advanced nation in the Marvel universe.
A Black Panther Netflix adaptation needs to feature Storm.
In the comics, Storm and T’Challa rule over Wakanda as King and Queen. Quite the power couple, hey?
I think it’s about time we have a diverse powerful couple depicted on our screens as #relationshipgoalz. It would definitely make history and be a huge draw for the series.
Storm is the best example of a badass woman of colour in the Marvel Universe. She would be a great role model to have portrayed in popular culture.
I always felt like the X-Men movies did a really lame job of creating Storm’s character. Storm acts like a nurturing parental figure in the movies when in the comics she’s far more badass. I mean she’s the freaking Queen of Wakanda! I didn’t really like the casting of Halle Berry as Storm either.
So there you have it. The success of Black Panther 2018 is an indication that we need more! So what better way to give people what they want then by making a Black Panther Netflix Series?
Have a read of this very very very (very) awesome article on the five things that make the Black Panther film so great.