Star Wars no longer has George’s fingerprints, nor does it have J.J. Abrams’ for that matter. Where J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens (2015) stoked feelings of nostalgia, Rian Johnson’s entry, The Last Jedi is the antithesis, rejecting nostalgia while simultaneously challenging you to either accept it or don’t. The resulting product is surprisingly good.
Black Panther is colorfully extravagant, powerfully symbolic, politically and socially relevant, and so much fun. Director and Co-Writer Ryan Coogler delivers Marvel's strongest, compelling, and most complex Super-hero story, intertwining the conventional "Hero" trope with real Black issue's: questions of identity, past sins, acceptance, and connection to ancestry we stopped caring to look for.
John Krasinski's major studio directorial debut is smart and daring. It's not an instant classic, but it will definitely make you jump out of your seat more times than you will care to admit.