Black Panther (2018)

Black Panther (2018)

By Livia Peterson

The entertainment industry is known to underrepresent women and people of color behind and in front of the camera. Consequently, Black Panther successfully represents people of color without stereotyping the characters, as such without struggling with drug addiction and crimes. 

The King of Wakanda T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) returns home to the deserted, technologically advanced nation to replace the throne and prevent world war following the death of his father. 

Black Panther does not provide us with a conventional origin story, but rather how T'Challa adapts to his responsibilities and face the enemy Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan). While the film lacks amazing action sequences, one must admire the narrative impeccably examining African culture and the representation onscreen. We rarely witness culture and traditions presented onscreen, especially in superhero movies. Just demonstrates how far we must progress with women in any industry. Women are still stereotyped as homemakers when we are able to break out too. The ladies remain assisting the men or love interest and thus, required to be independent to truly emerge here. One could argue Black Panther breaks barriers on some fronts while maintaining the Marvel mentality. It feels as if Marvel didn't produce this film, but miraculously did. 

While Black Panther remains within the Marvel wheelhouse, it ultimately demonstrates Hollywood is reassuring us representation matters and generates box office revenue. B

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