“Black Panther” Is A Rare Blockbuster That Balances Spectacle With Substance
In the Marvel-ized Afrofuture of Black Panther, camo is replaced with kente cloth. There are sub-Saharan villages along with glossy skyscrapers, and the king’s guard is a team of bald female warriors with spears that collapse like light sabers. It’s a well-crafted Marvel flick. It’s a satisfying sci-fi story. But Black Panther eschews genre conventions where it counts.