Marvel’s Black Panther would feel right at home in S’pore
The revolution will be live.
Cinerama: Art and the Moving Image in Southeast Asia
12 January 2018 - 25 March 2018, 10am-7pm
Singapore Art Museum
2018 might be the Year of the Dog, but as far as the Marvel Cinematic Universe is concerned, this year belongs to the Black Panther.
The character made his first film appearance in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War.
Chadwick Boseman (Get on Up) turned in a remarkable performance as young Prince T’Challa of Wakanda, a small and secretive yet advanced African kingdom.
Over the course of the movie, he battles Captain America and assumes the mantle of a superhero, the Black Panther.
Step into the Spotlight
Created in 1966 by the legendary duo of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Black Panther finally makes his solo debut in a movie helmed by award-winning director Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed).
Unique among the Marvel franchise (and Hollywood in general) for featuring a predominantly black cast, the blockbuster opens in Singapore on Feb. 14.
The movie also stars Michael B. Jordan (Creed), Angela Bassett (Sunshine State), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead) and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit).
Sounds like Singapore
Although the movie is set in a fictional African country, it is similar enough to Singapore to make T’Challa and his family feel right at home.
1. Small, yet technologically advanced
In the Marvel Universe, Wakanda is dwarfed by much bigger neighbours like Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya.
A bit like Singapore, surrounded by big countries like Malaysia and Indonesia.
Wakanda disguises itself as a poor, Third World nation to deflect attention from enemies.
But it secretly has access to a futuristic metal called vibranium, which allows it to create ground-breaking inventions.
Some of their innovations include flying ships, remote-access cars and fast-acting medical technology, all of which are on display in the movie.
Singapore has developed rapidly in a short span of time and we are by no means acting poor, we do act austere.
And while we may not have flying vehicles, at least we can say that Singapore invented the thumb drive.
2. Concrete jungle
Despite its technological advancement, Wakandans maintain a close relationship with wildlife, and the natural environment.
War rhinos make a thundering appearance in the movie.
Kind of like Singapore too.
3. Colourful and diverse
Wakanda was formed when five (and then four) warring tribes set aside their differences and banded together.
Although they still have their differences, and maintain separate customs and traditions, they remain united for the most part as one people and one nation.
Sounds like just like home.
4. Led by the son of a former leader
The movie deals with the aftermath of Civil War, and the death of Wakanda’s King T’Chaka. His son T’Challa must now take up the royal mantle and lead his country into a new age.
Basically, Wakanda is led by the son of a former leader.
There’s something familiar about that too, but can’t quite put a finger on it.
5. Dismissed by foreigners
In a scene from the teaser trailer, the villain Ulysses Klaue (played by Andy Serkis) asks CIA Agent Everett Ross (played by Martin Freeman) what he knows about Wakanda.
Almost dismissively, Ross lists what he knows about the country, which isn’t very much:
“It’s a Third World country. Textiles, shepherds, cool outfits.”
But as we know, Wakanda is hiding some secrets.
Not sure about the cool secrets part, but Singapore gets dismissed quite a lot too.
We’ll show them.
Black Panther drops in Singapore on Feb. 14. This one is worth queuing up for.
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