Black Panther director and co-writer Ryan Coogler lends his filmmaking know-how in a new video breakdown of the film's South Korean casino fight sequence. With its opening weekend in the rearview, it's clear that Marvel's first film of 2018 has become a runaway success. Audience and social media buzz has been through the roof and Black Panther is the highest-rated superhero movie ever on Rotten Tomatoes. That goodwill and positive press has led the estimates for the film's box office opening to jump past $200 million, allowing Black Panther to set a new February box office in the process.
If things keep going this way, the solo film could earn $1 billion across the world. And even if it doesn't, all the records Black Panther has broken prove how much of a success it already is. The movie also shows how nimbly Coogler can translate his award-winning work from Fruitvale Station and Creed to a Marvel Cinematic Universe tentpole - and nothing demonstrate that better than the attention to detail that went into Black Panther's action scenes.
Vanity Fair had Coogler break down the South Korean casino fight from Black Panther to explore what went into the making of that sequence in the film. The scene is the first one that really showcases Nakia (Lupita Nyong'o) and Okoye (Danai Gurira) in battle, and it's thrilling to watch. However, as the video embedded above illustrates, even the movie's fight scenes have symbolism and layers of meaning baked into them.
From the color theory referencing Pan-Africanism to the impressive shots employed, this breakdown details just how much work the director put into each moment of his MCU movie. As a result, Black Panther sees Coogler graduating from indie rising star to blockbuster auteur. Kevin Feige has teased the future of Black Panther, and it seems that Coogler is destined to join James Gunn and Taika Waititi in continuing to shape the future of the franchise.
If Black Panther ultimately grosses more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office, it will be the first MCU film to do so without Tony Stark making an appearance. The film's success also means that the T'Challa/Black Panther can serve as one of the faces of the MCU, after Phase 3 draws to a close. A similar change has already occurred on TV, with Black Panther leading the new Avengers Assemble animated series. With new heroes poised to take the spotlight as the MCU moves into Phase 4, it seems both Coogler and the Black Panther franchise will play a key role.
Source: Vanity Fair
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