The buzz was brewing for a long time, and now the anticipated movie is out and set to become the third-biggest domestic grossing movie of all time. Welcome to Marvel's world of Wakanda based on the comic book, Black Panther. Since the opening of Roots, there has not been a project that has generated the enthusiasm and passion of people for a Black film. With great cinematography, fabulous scenic design, and gorgeous costumes, Black Panther does not disappoint.
For ages, sci-fi movies were void of any Black characters. Space travelers could roam from universe to universe, galaxy to galaxy, meet all kinds of strange characters but never run into a brother. It seemed that Black people were not intended to be a part of the future.
There has been several attempts to bring Black superheroes and comic book characters to the big screen. Characters like Lieutenant Uhura, The Meteor Man, Storm, Orlando Crission, Blankman and Blade sparked an interest in developing Black sci-fi personalities
Finally Black Panther has answered the call for a Black superhero. Black Panther gives us a rich story line with a superhero, a mythical kingdom, an all women royal guard and a showcase of advanced technology.
This is the origin story of King T'Challah, the Black Panther. With over 200 million dollars invested, this story shows the great creative potential of the Afro-futuristism movement. Using African folklore, pop sci-fi and an appealing sound track, the movie is a visual and sensual treat for movie goers.
For young people who thrive on superheroes, and outer worldly experiences, this maybe their first time encountering a Black superhero who hails from Africa. For parents the movie offers opportunity to dialogue about history. Even though Black History Month is over, children can still learn about historic figures like Hannibal, Shaka Zulu, Mansa Musa and the Dahomey Amazons. The movie also provides further conversation on the role of women, family conflict, the decisions we make, and the relationship between Africans and African Americans.
There is no movie that can address all the social problems. However, this movie opens up opportunities for new discussions and questions. Black Panther gives us a lot to talk about, and we will be talking about it for a while.
Recommended for ages 12 + for violence.