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Black Panther Succeeds By Overcoming Marvel’s Iron Man Problem

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If you’ve spent any time on the internet over the last week you’ll know that Marvel’s Black Panther has had what can only be described as a sensational reception. Reviews for the superhero flick have been overwhelmingly positive and, based on early figures, it’s on track to be one of Marvel and Disney’s most successful movies yet.

In our Black Panther review Michael Rougeau said it is “a top tier Marvel movie with all the humor, style, action, passion, and fun that the MCU has come to embody.” Not to mention “a cultural event that’s going to be hard for Marvel to top.”

We’ve been thinking about where the Marvel Cinematic Universe goes from here, and while we can only take guesses at how the story plays out, we’re confident that Marvel is going to change the way they make films. The success of Black Panther, which feels different to previous entries in the MCU, could serve as a new template for Marvel’s movies, much like 2008’s Iron Man established the framework for most of the films up until now.

That’s the argument that Tamoor makes in the video above, where he talks through how he feels main character T’Challa is different from other heroes like Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, and Stephen Strange, and what makes his first standalone film unique from a characterization perspective. On top of that, he discusses why, alongside Thor: Ragnarok, Marvel is starting to lean towards creating films with a unique identity, instead of a bunch of flicks that feel uniform.

In related news, Chris Evans, who plays Captain America in the MCU, has indicated that a standalone Black Widow film starring Scarlett Johansson is in the works. Prior to this, it was reported that writer Jac Schaeffer had been hired to pen the script. However, as of yet, there has not been official confirmation from Disney or Marvel.

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