The Marvel Cinematic Universe is still awaiting its first female-led superhero movie, as Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson, doesn't premiere until March 2019. Sure, there have been some pretty awesome female characters in Marvel movies, from the super spy Black Widow to the mighty Valkyrie, but if there's one thing the MCU needs, it's more movies where a woman is the lead, not just a supporting figure. And thanks to Black Panther, we might have just met our next potential female protagonist in Shuri, T'Challa's brainy, brave little sister. Her tech knowledge combined with her utterly charming personality makes her a fan favorite, but it also makes Shuri a perfect candidate to become the next Iron Man.
Black Panther has revealed a whole world beyond what superhero movies had ever dared to dream of. The truth of its fictional African nation of Wakanda, which has been hidden under a layer of deceptively barren plains for generations, is that it’s a secret utopia overflowing with precious vibranium and technological marvels the likes of which not even the alien gods of Asgard could imagine. The best part, though? The mastermind behind Wakanda’s most astonishing innovations is none other than a brilliant, cheeky-as-hell teen girl.
You weren't perfect Cloverfield Paradox, in fact there were a few things that simply made no sense. But you had my fav Gugu Mbatha-Raw (only Ruth Negga would have thrilled me more) and a diverse cast, and moments of odd humor and I could tell you were really trying and I appreciate that. And of course, a BLACK WOMAN STARRING IN A SCIENCE FICTION FILM, so I will be forgiving of your shortcomings.
That would be the race for the Best Costume Design Oscar, a trophy that no Marvel film has yet been nominated for. Superhero costumes and modern-day looks rarely get the credit they deserve from the Academy, since often the costume category defaults towards pretty period frocks. But I expect Ruth E. Carter’s dazzling Black Panther outfits will prove too good to ignore. Coogler and Carter have taken the fictional kingdom of Wakanda, where sci-fi futurism is rooted in African tradition, and created an aesthetic that isn’t just unlike any other superhero movie, but unlike any other movie, period. From the regal, intimidating uniforms of the all-female warrior clan known as the Dora Milaje, to the gorgeous gold-and-leather outfits donned by Lupita Nyong’o’s Nakia, to the breathtaking headpieces that showcase Angela Bassett’s regal hauteur, Carter has served looks that are instantly iconic.