Black Panther:

Marvel History In The Making

By Cheyenne Sykes

Posted on November 28, 2017 at 11:52 AM PDT

Photo via Marvel Entertainment

Photo via Marvel Entertainment

Although Marvel’s “Black Panther” movie is set to be released sometime in February of 2018, the expectations are already high. With an A-list cast featuring, Chadwick Boseman as the titular character, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman and others, the movie is set up to be a wonderful and highly anticipated addition to the ever-expanding MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). The film will be directed by Oakland filmmaker, Ryan Coogler. Audiences were pleased with Boseman’s performance in “Captain America: Civil War,” where the character was first introduced, and urged the studio to get Black Panther his own film.

Black Panther is the first black superhero in the comic universe. Due to this fact, it should seem fitting that he will be the first black hero in the MCU to have his own solo movie. This movie will stand out among Marvel’s other feature films, not only for its already stunning visuals, but for the fact that this is a mostly black cast, and was directed and written by black members in Hollywood. As a woman of color, I am over the moon that this film is happening for a couple of reasons. For one, it’s about damn time for this hero to get his recognition. For two, I’m proud that this film has a group of skilled actors, actresses and filmmakers on board this project, and it’s not going to be white-washed.

When I saw him for the first time in his Vibranium laced stealth suit, I was in awe of how gracefully he moved and how powerful he was, especially when he was fighting the Winter Soldier one on one. Boseman was already one of my favorite actors, but to see him as Black Panther, one of the most important heroes, especially for the black community, really made me respect and appreciate both him and Marvel for letting this character come to life.