Most have heard this iconic phrase from Black Panther.
Grossing a worldwide total of $1.345 billion, Black Panther has become the highest grossing solo-superhero film.
To what could we attribute the success of this newcomer to the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
Brief mentions of Wakanda in previous movies as well as T’Challa’s strategic debut in Captain America: Civil War (2016), have set up audience expectations for the film’s solo release in 2018.
However, the film’s success is not to be solely attributed to its affiliations with the Marvel Universe. Black Panther’s themes of social justice, especially on black and female empowerment, are deeply embedded within its narrative, and are what strongly resonate with its culturally and politically informed audience.
Luke Waltham goes into detail in the article below on how the Black Panther film undercuts white supremacy, specifically through the lens of race and gender.
Do you personally sympathize more with characters that look similar to you in terms of race and gender?
Do you think Hollywood can do better in terms of social justice, or are there more pressing issues that future films should shine the spotlight on?