Black Panther & A Positive Representation

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Photo from: http://geekandsundry.com/marvel-announces-director-for-upcoming-black-panther-movie/  

Black Panther is one of Marvel’s upcoming films for next year.

As synopsized by Haleigh Foutch:

“Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.”

Synopsis From: http://collider.com/black-panther-cast-synopsis-filming/

The film’s superhero Black Panther was first introduced in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War along with Tom Holland’s updated Spiderman. However, what stands out from Marvel’s previous films is that Black Panther features a majority black cast.

Here is the cast list:

Chadwick Boseman as King T’Challa/Black Panther

Michael B. Jordan as Killmonger

Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, a Wakandan warrior

Danai Gurira as a member of Dora Milaje, T’Challa’s personal guard

Forest Whitaker as Zuri, an elder statesman of Wakanda

Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, T’Challa’s friend

Florence Kasumba as a member of Dora Milaje, T’Challa’s personal guard

Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross

Angela Bassett as T’Challa’s mom

Andy Serkis as Ulysses Claw

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Joe Robert Cole (left) and Ryan Cooler (right)

Director: Ryan Coogler

Screenplay by: Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole

Black Panther’s director Ryan Coogler is best known for his films Creed and Fruitvale Station which both star Michael B. Jordan as the lead character.

With the exception of Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis, most of the main characters are played by black people. As screenwriter Joe Robert Cole states:

Black Panther is a historic opportunity to be a part of something important and special, particularly at a time when African Americans are affirming their identities while dealing with vilification and dehumanization. The image of a black hero on this scale is just really exciting.” (Interview from: “Oscars so White? Black Panther to the Rescue”)

In other words, Black Panther marks the first superhero film in the Marvel lineup which showcase people of color with a positive portrayal. Instead of being portrayed as thugs or criminals, this film will present T’Challa as an intelligent King and the other characters as warriors and strong individuals. Hopefully with Black Panther, it changes how people of color are commonly represented within Hollywood films.

 

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Salut! My name is Deja and I'm originally from Maryland. Currently I am a Film and Video major studying at Drexel University Favorite Books: Red Rising trilogy by Pierce Brown, Malice and Valor by John Gwynne and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite Films/Shows: Outlander, Game of Thrones, The Raid 2

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