Oh my! When this movie was released back in April of this year, I couldn’t wait to see it. After that, like everybody else who knows better, I had to contain myself from spilling the secret of what happened so others can enjoy the movie without spoilers. So I concentrated on writing other meaningful blogs that mattered in the world for my followers, until this time to share my views on the film.
Like the movie ‘Black Panther’ it was an experience. Okay! Thanos won. YES, the villain won. Had the Creators of the film left it with the original title, ‘Avengers: Infinity Wars Part 1′ it would have been obvious. People were so mad/disappointed in the theater, even the after credit scenes where we see Thanos’ power eliminating anticipated enemies. There are so many spoof videos I keep tripping over on Youtube, with opinions about how the film should have ended, to making fun of it outright & I bet this will STILL go on till we see the next Avengers movie, because the content, like ‘Black Panther’ leaves one with a lot to think & talk about.
Oh where do I start. I’m going to be all over the place with this. Some people prefer to see the movie as a simple comic form come to life with an entertaining storyline. Many films though, tend to have other meaning behind it, so if you are into conspiracy, supernatural stuff, then one can see the movie in those terms. First off, you will have to decide whether our villain, Thanos had his head chakra open already with the possession of 1 infinity stone at the start of the film, or whether his head chakra opened after he possessed the other 5. He’s a giant alien being form the planet Titan seeking to be a god. Now……in biblical times there were giants on the Earth brought about through the copulation of Angels & Humans. Their offspring were called Nephilim. The bible said they were great in the land, ruling over humans. Archaeologists have found evidence of the biblical story being true in the form of skeletons, writings, & stone imagery but our society today don’t bring it up much in any of the mainstream media. So with Thanos, I got the sense that he was lacking something, lost something, or cut off from something. In the Marvel comics world, he was not someone I followed since I had other favorites including these three: The Mandarin (who battles Iron Man & The Avengers at times) & Galactus (who “owns” the Silver Surfer as his Herald), & Apocalypse (who battles the X-Men) all of whom Thanos should remind you of. Now, I loved watching his progress as he intelligently & relentlessly went around the Universe getting those stones. He had a competent team dedicated to helping him. I particularly liked Ebony Maw, that ugly gray alien with all the powers who’s a member of the Black Order. He was soooo effective until he got frozen drifting in space. I hope he’s brought back in action in Part 2. The dude had a mission that was personal & did not allow Superheroes to stand in his way. While the good guys were making jokes about nonsense, standing there deliberating shit, Thanos was thinking about quickly acquiring POWER. And while the Superheroes were talking shit, joking around the galaxy, imminent galactic domination was happening all around them & they didn’t have the collective power to stop it.
Now let’s look at the 6 infinity stones……..Time, Power, Mind, Reality, Space, & Soul. The object was to gather them one by one for his gauntlet. Thanos was already in possession of one of them. He certainly had the power as this imposing giant tore apart worlds to get what he wanted, acquiring another stone & then another increasing his near-god power. His successful team, some of them coming from young persons he would save from the planets he went around destroying whom he’d father. One of those children turned out to be Gamora. Who made valiant attempts to stop him, but with that kind of universal power, it became an impossibility. She ended up losing her life because if you think about it, she’s an enemy now to HIM, so sacrificing her for the soul stone made sense.
We see a pivotal moment of the film where the last great battle ends up being in Wakanda, where the Black Panther & all his united tribal warriors are out there with him shouting something that sounds like ‘Evonpeh’ or ‘Ebombeh’ as some war cry & them repeating it. You would think at this point in the film, the good guys would win with all those powerful Superheroes working towards defeating Thanos. Instead we see, the giant catch Black Panther as he leaped up on him & his giant fist punched the side of Black Panthers head & he fell. Oh well…….on a side note, had a previous enemy of the ‘Black Panther’ in that movie, Eric Killmonger, succeeded, he would have been the leader, probably an ally to Thanos & Wakanda would have been spared being casualties of the war. Nobody else on the battlefield was able to stop Thanos as he eventually battled the Marvel Comics hero, Vision for the last stone. Well, I didn’t expect him to win, he was already failing & the Scarlet Witch could only do so much. I blame 2 Marvel heroes for this: Doctor Strange & The Might Thor. It didn’t need to go that far. Before, Doctor Strange & Iron Man were battling him. It could have been stopped there had Doctor Strange set aside his stupid moral ethic of never using the Time stone for fear of the theory of absolute power corrupts abosolutely or some other do-gooder philosophy BECAUSE in a situation like that, he wold have been wiser to compromise his code for the GREATER GOOD. Now……There is a scene in the film where Doctor Strange did use the time stone to see the ONE opportunity to defeat Thanos. I still say, why all the deaths & time wasting. Why even let it get there. Just use the stone & stop the WHOLE damn thing. Even if he waited through virtue of his own conscience, to bring people BACK, you’re still using the same power. At the end of the film, I blame Thor because he made a MIGHTY leap up in the air with his godly hammer & struck Thanos in the chest (heart) & thought that would work. Well…Thanos smirked & remarked ‘you should have struck the head’. That should have made more sense to Thor as Thanos was coming into his last god-like power. When someone can control time & reality and you successfully defeated him once, you won’t get a second time to do so. They were not thinking. That was Gamora’s problem the first time. So now, Thanos, anticipates future problems & decides to get rid of ANYBODY now that will pose a threat including Spiderman, Black Panther, Groot, etc. We are left with whoever he doesn’t feel threatened by like, Rocket The Racoon, Iron Man, The Hulk, Shuri & the other Black Panther women along with M’baku & his tribe & others. So what now, with other people in the Marvel Universe removed from the scene like Nick Fury, who was trying to send off a signal to someone at the end credits of the film, maybe The Fantastic 4 or X-Men, so in the next film we get to see what happens, like does The Incredible Hulk ever get his act together to fight Thanos. He was having annoying comic relief problems throughout the movie. For now, we see an accomplished giant still ruling the planet Titan, using his powers to maintain a universal balance who sits on his armed throne, delighting in seeing the sunrise. I don’t know what the next film will bring, but I do expect a heroic victory.
~ Lhisa Mrklon
A full plus year well after the February release of this film, featuring a ‘Black Actor’ Daniel Kaluuya, as the star, continues to enjoy its value & success. It was written, produced & directed by Jordan Peele, who’s also ‘Black’. I didn’t like the film. I preferred Kaluuya’s role in the movie ‘Black Panther’ because he played an African Leader of his own tribal domain. Historically in racist horror films & other genres, the Black character is often killed off early in the film. First of all, a Black person, unlike a Caucasian, wouldn’t be involved in, or be doing certain things, or going to certain places pondering/wondering to wind up dead or have a crazy situation happen on them. It’s not our nature. And that’s why those past Hollywood films didn’t make any sense to us & many of those films would have been much better scenically & conceptually, had they left the Black character out. So to play off that motif, we see again in this movie, a dumb Black guy, not racially conscious enough, dating a racist White female trying to lure him to his enslavement & death. If not for his occasional flash photography, talking to the hypnotized negro servants on the plantation, snooping & noticing strange stuff & MOST OF ALL, his continual cellphone communications with his Pro-Black friend assessing his situation & letting him know what time it was & for him to GET OUT, our hero of the story would have failed to retain his life & freedom. He ended up doing what we never saw ever in any previous horror films by a Black character, except for comedy skits & the movie ‘Django,’ where the oppressed Black character rise to victory. That was the moment of the movie I liked, when our fool ‘woke up’ & saw the light for what those people really were & smite them. A simple film that Jordan Peele felt he needed to put out there. I don’t think a sequel is necessary. The Film received nominations from SAG, Golden Globe, Critic’s Choice Awards, & NAACP, however, it won for best foreign international film, at the British Independent Film Awards. Who else would be that open minded to appreciate the latent messages behind it all & not be offended? Well, not to be topped, in 2018 the film had a few Oscars nominations, but won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Jordan Peele graciously accepted the award making history as the First Black to win in that category.
~ Lhisa Mrklon
I LOVED THE MOVIE ~~~ It is true. By far the best Marvel Comics Movie Ever. The cinematography is like Star Wars/Star Trek meets any kind of African-based film. So I’ll try to tell you something without revealing TOO much if you didn’t see it yet because there are some surprises. FIRST, you must see the movie using the 3D glasses, you’ll cheapen the experience if you don’t. Oh, & I love the war cry of the Man-Ape Leader, M’Baku and his crew, The Jabari Tribe. And some territorial parts of the movie is reminiscent of the 80s cartoon Thundercats. The movie captures Blackness. There are comical moments breaking up the seriousness of the moment & everybody’s acting was impeccable.
Two familial rivals at war with one another in any fictional story doesn’t get old when these types of conflicts are real. I was feeling the character Erik Killmonger’s argument about using the advanced African technology to usurp the rest of the White controlled World, & it would have been interesting to see it pop off, but the traditions of a humble people retaining their culture in a quiet & secret enclave of the continent, is the other side of the preservation argument. What I got from the movie is a dialog between The African & The African-American. The tragic colonizing & slavery experience of Blacks by another people & how it affects us today & what to do about it. So we have a dead king named T’Chaka & his son T’Challa takes over as The Black Panther, & without revealing much, he’s poised with being a leader one expects in his region, keeping all that Wakanda technology private, or deciding whether or not to be concerned with other Blacks about the globe living in our present condition as a globally persecuted people & claim us. There are definite historical issues here discussed in the film between characters & it’s authentic. You’re not being schooled or talked down to, it’s just straight-up conversation between rival characters motivated by different things.
The film shows the power of Women. In history, African women battled White colonialists on the battle field & WON. The narrative in this movie deals with an Outsider, representing ‘The Black Experience’ of the African-American, who returns to Africa with a lot of anger & vengeance in his heart. While King T’Challa, is the authentic African at peace with himself, with all his wealth & culture intact. So what you have is a rivalry. The tribal divisions that was already in the land was still peaceful compared to the racial torture one lives, & the backstory of the injustice of one brother to another. So it causes greater division amongst the Blacks in Wakanda. Well, what do you expect? In real life it would. Who do you follow? As usual, there would be the presence of a government Agent, representing The White People, let’s be real BUT see how all that affects him in the movie.
A lot of people like the movie & interpret it their way, while others have a problem, I leave the experience to you. And let’s not forget the power of The Black Panthers of the 1960s as they fought for the rights of our people to be self-determined & we see glimpses of the Black Power fist in the movie in honor of them. The film could have been made way back in the day (the 1990s) when the actor Wesley Snipes was hot, but he ended up doing ‘Blade’. The timing of movies can be an art itself. A piece of movie magic happens when something pops up at the right time with the right cast amidst a period when people need to see it while history unfolds a certain way where it becomes more meaningful. ~~ Lhisa Ungelis Mrklon