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Praise for Black Panther – A Must Watch for 2018

Praise for Black Panther – A Must Watch for 2018

Tuesday, 07 November 2017

On February 16th 2018, for the first time ever, Marvel Studios will be releasing its first superhero film featuring a black hero as the lead, and fans are ecstatic. According to Wired.com, when director Ryan Coogler and the rest of the cast showed the Black Panther trailer for the first time at Comic-Con International, not only were there standing ovations from the audience, but members in the crowd were in tears. Black Panther is the first black superhero ever created; combined with the fact that its debut was in a Fantastic Four comic over fifty years ago, in 1966, this movie is long over due.

Black Panther is set in the fictional African nation of Wakanda. Not only is this nation technologically advanced, but it is also proudly Afrocentric. The storyline follows the new king, T’challa, who is played by Chadwick Boseman, and his return to Wakanda after his fathers’ death. Upon his return he soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from opposing factions within Wakanda. When two of his enemies’ plan to destroy the country, Black Panther teams up with a CIA agent, and members of the Wakandan special forces to protect and prevent the nation from being thrown into a world war.

Photo Source: Marvel.com

Apart from the jaw-droppingly cool futuristic design and plot for this movie, it also carries quite the list of household names in its mainly black cast. Lupita Nyong’o, Forest Whitaker, Angela Basset, Michael B. Jordan, and Daniel Kaluuya are just a few of the uber talented actors that will be featured in this film.

Photo Source: imdb.com

Moreover, if Jordan Peele’s, Get Out, and Theodore Melfi’s, Hidden Figures, blockbuster films taught us anything at all, it is that people are eager and ready to see more people of color in strong lead roles on the big screen. Black Panther is a big step in the right direction in the fight for more diversity on screen, and so far, people are loving it.

-Elizabeth O.

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