Thursday, March 03, 2005

Black Panther Questions 2

1. Looking at the different conspiracies in Black Panther, like the "Ivory Hunter," Ulysses Klaw really looking to mine vibranium; or Ramonda, with Achebe, trying to take power in Wakanda, Do you believe that they are against the Wakandan King, first T'Chaka and then T'Challa, or against Wakanda itself? The country has advanced in technology, but kept its customs, pitting the City Dwellers against the Marsh Tribesmen. What do you think is the reasoning behind this separation? Also, how does this relate to their shared hate of the outside world, as seen when the refugees arive? Does this relate to any present-day situations in the world?

2. What do you think the effect of Black Panther's identity being known in relation to his power to make changes? Does this make him more vulnerable to conspirators? Does the abundance of characters and Pulp-Fiction-like order of the story leaves us with a blind eye to the conspiracies as well?

3. Where does Everett K. Ross actually fit in? Why do you think the story is told from his point of view?


At March 3, 2005 at 8:19 PM, Blogger alex said...

To respond to the first question...

I think that Klaw and Achebe are not specifically against either Wakanda or the king, especially not Wakanda. They are driven by greed, such as the desire to profit from mining vibranium. Since the king opposes this, they are "against" him - but only as a biproduct of their desire to eliminate any barriers between them and what they want to achieve. The king, of course, has other practices and beliefs that they disagree with, and so they are "against" him because of those things as well. As far as Wakanda, I don't think they are against their own country, they simply want it to advance with the changing world which surrounds it. I suppose that a desire to abandon tradition can be construed as opposition to the nation itself. If this is true then I guess they are against Wakanda as well, but I don't know if that is the case, since Wakanda is what offers them these opportunities in the first place.


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