Be warned, SPOILERS ahead if you haven't caught "Black Panther" in cinemas!
"Black Panther", which was only released last week, has already made history in the movie industry. Not only has it grossed over USD361 million worldwide but it has also taken that important step forward towards diversity in movies since it mainly stars black actors and actresses.
The African vibe adds to this as we rarely see a movie that centers on the African culture and is proud to showcase its beauty. The only movie that comes to mind is probably 1994's Disney animated feature "The Lion King". Come to think of it, some of the characters from "Black Panther" and "The Lion King" are very much alike.
The similarities between these two protagonists are striking. Both lost their father and are destined to be king in order to lead the people. Although Simba does not have that cool vibranium Black Panther suit to intimidate his enemies, he makes up for it with his loud roar that is heard throughout the jungle, demanding respect.
Killmonger and Scar share the same attributes in their thirst for power. Killmonger wants a seat on the throne claiming he is the rightful heir after defeating our hero in the ritual combat and Scar wants to be king of the jungle and eliminates Mufasa. Plus, they literally have scars on them.
Nakia and Nala are both strong female characters that are helpful to our main protagonists' journey to rediscovery. They are also the love interests that play hard to get in the beginning of their relationship but eventually live happily together.
What is similar about Zuri and Rafiki is that they are both the wise ones that other characters always seek for advices. They believe in the spiritual concept and use this to help T'Challa and Simba respectively on their path to righteousness.
The protagonists' fathers unfortunately died before they could fully guide their sons to become the leaders they were born to be. Both the protagonists even experienced the same feeling first-hand when they witnessed their fathers cruelly killed.
Mothers to the main protagonists, Ramonda and Sarabi act as the beacon of support to their respective children. They both lost their significant other and only have their sons to count on to lead their family.