Jabari Gang

| April 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

If you haven’t seen Black Panther yet, first of all what are you doing with your life? Second of all, exit stage left cause I’m about to drop some spoilers.

Now that you’ve been warned, let me tell you why M’Baku is my favorite character from Black Panther.

So as an individual who did not read the comics, I really went into the movie knowing only what the commercials had shown me. Tons of my melanin-blessed faves were starring, the artistic shots depicted Africa in a positive, wealthy light for once, and all-around it just seemed epic. Walking into the theater at 10:30 the Saturday of opening weekend, I did not know that I would be met with such an amazing character.

I’m not going to give a rundown of the whole movie because I am in no way equipped to do a review, but I will highlight M’Baku and the Jabari tribe because they really stand out.

After T’Chaka dies, T’Challa is crowned the king of Wakanda, and with this transition came a beautiful, traditional ceremony where all of the tribes in Wakanda came together to celebrate. (Listen, the dance Nakia did on that boat? Gave me all kinds of life.) As a part of this ceremony, the tribes must declare if they approve of the new king or not. If they don’t, there must be a dual between the ruler of that tribe and the king. The king is given the power of the Black Panther in hopes that he will overcome.

So nobody expected anybody to fight T’Challa. (Shuri really just wanted to go home and honestly, I felt her on that.) As the tribes all declare they won’t fight, M’Baku comes out the woodworks, muscles bulging, declaring that the Jabari tribe opposes and he will dual T’Challa. After a collective eye roll from just about everybody, the duel begins. Long story short, M’Baku doesn’t win (welp) and T’Challa is crowned King of Wakanda.

Now here’s where I appreciate M’Baku. He took his L. Simple as that. He dueled T’Challa, waved the white flag, and that was that. It is so common to see the loser want to take revenge or not accept their defeat, but M’Baku didn’t do that. I’m not sure if the lack of information after the dual coincides with the comics, but I gained so much respect for him because he didn’t seek revenge.

This is emphasized even more after Erik Killmonger comes through and overthrows T’Challa and crowns himself as king of Wakanda. T’Challa loses the dual, and one of the members of the Jabari tribe finds his body in the river. He brings the body back to the mountains (where the Jabari tribe resides) and M’Baku preserves T’Challa’s body in the snow.

This is where I knew that M’Baku was my favorite. After taking a loss from this man, he really could have celebrated and danced on his grave. He could have seen this as an opportunity to take over Wakanda. He could have chosen to be bitter. He also could have declined keeping Shuri and Ramonda safe. But he had compassion and put aside his pride a to  help T’Challa. After all, T’Challa did spare his life. This selfless act really touched me, as I hope to achieve that level of compassion in this lifetime.

While this deep analysis of M’Baku’s character is why I love him so much, he is overall just a funny person and I live for it. His side comments and jokes had me in stitches.

Don’t sleep on M’Baku. While he is bae, his character is even more impressive.

photo credit: Rod Waddington Hamar Boy via photopin (license)

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Ruth is a sophomore studying Health Science. She's VERY passionate about anything from the 80s. She has a new found love for dogs & spends too much time thinking about questions that don't have answers. And about ramen.

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