The phenomenon that is Black Panther makes its way to Netflix next month, one of the last Marvel films that will be available on the streaming service Goliath until Disney challenges with its own.
Believe it or not, its only been six months since Black Panther crashed worldwide box offices, packing theaters tight enough to make a fire marshall sweat uncomfortably. If it seems like more time has passed, it may be because the Marvel industrial complex dropped two more films, Avengers Infinity War and Ant-Man and The Wasp, to secure its global squeeze on the film industry.
But no matter how many properties Disney gobbles up and throws into tag team films or movies it releases with 70-star ensembles, Black Panther will continue hold up on its own merit. Racking up an astonishing $1.344 billion in worldwide receipts, it’s influence can be felt far beyond the box office. The impact was as much a cultural one as anything, even bringing Denzel Washington to tears. It’s popularity and message may have even sparked changes within the Oscars when The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences created a whole new and controversial category named, the popular film award. Many believing the Academy’s motives were to guarantee Black Panther’s inclusion in the award ceremony.
Helmed by Ryan Coogler and adorned by noteworthy performances by Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa) and Michael B. Jordan (Killmonger) as cousins with opposing ideologies that leave the fate of Wakanda and the world at risk, and rounded out by Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia) and Letitia Wright (Shuri), the film never loses any of the goodwill that it builds when T’Challa and Killmonger are offstage and is a film that looks to the future while paying homage to the past.
Now, starting on Sept. 4, you can enjoy Black Panther over and over again, until your head feels like helium and you find yourself chanting “yibmambe” through the city streets. But, make sure to get as much of it in as you can, because it will not last. Disney plans on unveiling its own streaming service late next year, where you can watch all your favorite Marvel films lined up like an all-star parade, next to Pixar, Lucasfilm and, of course, Disney movies.
Black Panther will be one of the last titles you will find on the streaming service as Disney plans on taking back its properties after Captain Marvel. Until that time, it’s Wakanda Forever on Netflix.