Marvel’s latest superhero film, Black Panther, was released this past Thursday...as if you didn’t already know. The hype surrounding the film even before its release was unreal. Once viewers actually got a chance to see it over President’s Day weekend, social media went wild, and with good reason.
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Lupita Nyong'o + Letitia Wright, Marvel Image
The plot of this film is also something to be proud of. The writers gave it a level of complexity beyond what we generally tend to see in black films. Without spoiling it, we’ll just say that important issues that currently resonate in the black community, were accurately addressed.
Another notable aspect is the very fact that this film was produced by Marvel, a white-owned company. Some have expressed dissatisfaction with this, but it actually represents something very positive in our eyes. As we’ve stressed many times, representation matters. Usually in media spaces, black communities have create their own spaces and platforms to become represented, which is amazing, and very important. However, it’s also valuable to have a traditionally white company extend an opening for black representation within their platform. It shows growth and partnership. Yes, plenty of the profit will go to these higher ups, but a great deal of it (along with the accolades) will also go to the cast of black actors and the director, which will provide even more opportunity in the future.
Ryan Coogler, Blox Images
All of this to say, whether you’re into superhero movies or not, you should definitely go see Black Panther in theaters. It’s truly a remarkable film for a number reasons. It’s making history all in the month of Black History, and we couldn’t be more excited about it!