The newest Pitch Meeting episode from Screen Rant tackles Marvel Studios’ Black Panther. The 18th installment of the famed MCU, the film boasts a star-studded cast mainly of black actors led by Chadwick Boseman, who plays T’Challa – the new king and protector of the technologically advanced nation of Wakanda. Following a brief introduction in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, the Ryan Coogler-directed project follows-up on T’Challa’s personal story as it delves deeper into the tradition, culture and most importantly, politics of the kingdom.
Dubbed one of Marvel’s best movies to date, Black Panther was a smash for both critics and the masses. Not only did it introduce fans to a new superhero, it also debuts a nation full of well-developed characters who are welcome additions to the MCU. But how exactly did the execs at Marvel Studios’ come up with arguably their most celebrated film yet? Screen Rant attempts to reenact what could’ve possibly happened during the conceptualization of the movie.
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Coming from Screen Rant’s popular YouTube video series, the hilarious clip cites several MCU tropes that even the Coogler-directed film cannot get away from, including the CG-heavy third act battle between the main hero and antagonist (this time with T’Challa v. Killmonger). Still, the flick is still arguably the freshest solo film installment from the franchise since Captain America: The Winter Soldier. For everything that went down in the hilarious bit, check out the full video above.
While most of the quips in the sketch is purely for the purpose of the video, the part where the imaginary executive didn’t have the best of confidence on Black Panther may be a bit true. While chances are that Marvel Studios wasn’t that skeptical of the project, especially with the overwhelming crowd (and cast) response it got from its Hall H panel last year at San Diego Comic-Con, nobody expected for it to be this big. Sure, the cultural and social significance of it being the MCU’s first black-led superhero film is there, but even after almost two months in theaters, the film continues to shatter expectations at the box office.
At the end of the day, the Black Panther pitch meeting is not meant to ridicule the film, it’s accomplishments or anything that it means for the diversity campaign in Hollywood. Instead, it points out that despite incorporating some generic tropes, a film can still feel fresh and innovative if only the executives behind it take the time to craft a solid narrative. If anything, it’s proof that even after 10 years worth of superhero films in the MCU, there are still a lot of new and exciting stories left to be told in the franchise.
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