Skip to comments.Why Marvel's Black Panther is no ordinary superhero movie
Posted on 02/11/2018 6:10:59 PM PST by Ennis85
The Black Panther first entered the Marvel Cinematic Universe back in 2016 in Captain America: Civil War.
Now he's got his own film, which goes way beyond the usual expectations of fantasy, fight scenes and romance.
Having a plot based around a black superhero with a predominantly black cast is a first for Marvel, but the film builds on this concept in a massive way.
Directed by Creed's Ryan Coogler, it is set in the mythical country of Wakanda: a hidden African kingdom with incredible technological power, due to its reserves of the world's most useful precious metal.
Chadwick Boseman, who plays its king T'Challa and (more importantly) the Black Panther, tells the BBC that getting Wakanda right was the most important thing.
"This is fantasy and we have to create a culture," he says. "It's not necessarily because it's the first time we're seeing a black superhero; I think it's because we have to define what Wakanda is.
"It can't be some generalised version of what the country is or the accent.
"It can't be generalised in why we wear certain clothing or why we have the number of tribes we have - what are those tribes?
"We have a river tribe and a border tribe for example."
This is echoed by his co-star Lupita Nyong'o, who plays Nakia in the film - his love interest and moral compass rolled into one.
The Oscar-winning actress tells the BBC: "We're in Africa and we meet an entirely new nation that the world has never been to, and it delivers on feeling like another part of the world.
"This is a nation that is highly developed, and they are so because they didn't get interrupted by or assaulted by colonialism."
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Wakanda, ie Galt’s Gulch.
Exactly. Anti-colonialism is what ruined Africa and made it the hell hole it is now.
Is he a super hero that just happens to be black....or are we just concentrating on the fact he’s black.
If the latter, not interested...
I think that picture has been photoshopped. Look at dem tires. A brutha’ would have skinny tall tires and the car jacked up.
People can only take so much of the social justice crap. They are injecting every bit of black power schtick into this movie like they did to Selma and that movie bombed.
And the white leftists who are egging this movie on? They are doing it purposefully so that regular folks will get pissed off, then they can point the finger and scream racism. But in reality, it accomplishes white leftists goals, because white leftists are the real racists.
“This is fantasy . . . We’re in Africa and we meet an entirely new nation that the world has never been to . . . This is a nation that is highly developed, and they are so because they didn’t get interrupted by or assaulted by colonialism.”
Yep. Definitely fantasy.
>>”This is a nation that is highly developed, and they are so because they didn’t get interrupted by or assaulted by colonialism.”
I thought Cameron cornered that market with Pandora. I think this Wassamata is cultural appropriation.
It is coming off the Avengers, so it will probably make a lot of money.
What the heck is that supposed to be?
Remember how we were ‘ordered’ to love Lady-Ghostbusters?
I don’t believe that was a big hit.
Even the director fussed at the public for being ‘too bigoted
‘ to support his version of the story. We don’t have to like it.
Eat your heart out, Graham Bell...!
What a load of crap. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much silly hype for a movie.
It also creates a legitimate parallel to modern Africa.
You’ve got advanced technology - why are your neighbors starving and desperate? Why didn’t you raise them up to your level, since you’re so strong?
Oh, right, like much of Africa, you’re a tribe, not a nation, and the other tribes don’t matter.
We’ve got our super-suits and had electricity for centuries, you people go die of malaria and starvation because you’re as much an outsider as the whites.
> It’s not necessarily because it’s the first time we’re seeing a black superhero;
Oh? What about Hancock? What about Blade? What about Steel? (Okay, forget Steel: the movie was terrible. Shaquille ONeal couldn’t act his way out of a wet paper bag.) But what about Spawn? What about Catwoman? Doesn’t Halle Berry get extra credit for being both black and a woman?
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