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|Many critics are comparing T'Challa to James Bond, and this casino scene is one of the main reasons. As I mention below, if this were going to be a pro-socialist film, T'Challa's leadership style would be exceedingly different from James Bond and would be more of Obama's style, as in, lack of leadership. Specifically channeling a white male, and Skyfall, which was immensely pro-capitalist, Black Panther doesn't seem to have anything nice to say about liberals or socialism. Further, in channeling Bond so much, the Western world knows James Bond as the defeater of socialism/communism--that has always been Bond's greatest show of strength because that's his greatest enemy--so T'Challa also, then, becomes a defeater of socialism/communism, NOT a proponent of socialism, as some are trying to make people believe, just because T'Challa is black. There's another important clue to the film's "real political identity": "You get to choose what kind of king you will be," Nakia (Lupita Nyong'o) tells T'Challa, and that emphasis on T'Challa's "free will" has nothing to do with socialism, or with the liberal movement. There is also constant reference to "Long live the king!" which is not at all what liberals and "progressives" are saying: they want the status quo completely torn down, and power holders--such as kings--dethroned. Unless, of course, they can take that throne for themselves.|
|The costumes in this scene play particularly well to the characters: both characters don layers, with a base layer and then at least a second layer. Erik (left) has a blue shirt, and armor for his second layer, while T'Challa (right) wears a black shirt with a purple shirt on top of that. Erik's blue shirt reveals depression, sadness, melancholy, as the motivating force for what he's doing, which is why he wears the armor: he's been hurt in the past and suspects he's going to get hurt again. T'Challa wears a black shirt--he has died to himself and what he wants--but also wears the purple; why? Purple is the color of suffering, which is why it's also the color of kings: it's believed a king should suffer for his people, rather than the people suffer for their king, which is what T'Challa plans on doing (remember, he didn't want to be king, but his father was murdered). These two men facing off, then, is a result of their life choices and the choices they have to make now in each other's presence.|
On a different note, a scene in the trailers shows T'Challa geared up in the Black Panther suit, and one of the female leaders tells him, "Don't freeze," and T'Challa replies, "I never freeze." This is a rather bizarre exchange, except, we know that Erik comes from the frigid mountain region in the Wakanda area; so, when warned, "Don't freeze," it may actually mean, "Don't become like the people who want this technology to conquer everyone and then lord it over them, and don't use this technology for your personal aggrandizement," and T'Challa, knowing what she's talking about, promises he won't. The problem is, we the audience don't know what she's talking about, so we will have to figure it out, however, I am confident that little exchange has a greater significance than just a nod of nurturing fret as her king prepares to be dropped out into the sky with no parachute.