- Ryan Coogler
- Chadwick Boseman, Michal B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o
Wakanda is an afro-futurist paradise, able to flourish in the absence of colonialism from the nation’s early capability to disguise itself as an impenetrable forest. It is here that T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) ascends the throne to take his rightful place as king, just as the consequences of past isolationist actions come home to roost. The rare blockbuster to successfully tackle contemporary issues, director Ryan Coogler wraps centuries of the African Diaspora around a comic book tale, bending the weight of a multi-billion-dollar franchise around black empowerment and representation. It’s a first-rate achievement, featuring a retainer-busting performance by Michael B. Jordan!