It’s 2017, but unsurprisingly, some corners of Twitter believe that Marvel’s Black Panther film is racist. Why, you may ask? Because they believe that a film starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett and a mostly black cast, is TOO black.
Last year, Netflix’s Luke Cage caused a similar stir when it cast a proximately black cast for the Marvel property. It’s probably not a big surprise that Marvel’s other black superhero is experiencing similar reactions from moviegoers.
There clearly seems to be some confusion about the character’s history and origin. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1966, T’Challa, the Black Panther, is a warrior king of the African nation of Wakanda (a country loosely based on South Africa). Described as one of the smartest men in comics, he is also an Avenger and the ex-husband of X-Men’s Storm.
Forgetting the fact that the Black Panther trailer opens with two white characters discussing Wakanda, there are some folks on Twitter who just can’t deal:
I WILL NOT BE SUPPORTING THE "BLACK PANTHER" MOVIE. economic boycott.
— BYWORDtheBOOK (@BywordtheBook) June 10, 2017
I mean for me with the Black Panther movie, I just want it to not be racist and to be entertaining. I don't expect much more.
— T. (@RickyRawls) June 3, 2017
So is the black panther movie racist 🤔
— Ewan Clark (@EwanClark94) November 22, 2016
— Morning News USA (@MorningNewsUSA) May 17, 2016
I agree. White people should boycott Black Panther. No white people should spend their money to see it. Will surely b a box office hit then.
— Exempt Me Now! (@ExemptMeNow) June 10, 2017
>When I first saw Black Panther in Civil War:"I'm interested"
>When the Black Panther movie is gonna b BLM&anti white crap:"lost interest"
— maria ☩🇵🇹 (@mcarolinalbaII) June 11, 2017
White people after they watch the Black Panther trailer pic.twitter.com/tL18W04d3a
— Blac Chynese (@sadgalamzz) June 10, 2017
Now there is a Superhero Villan that is not only a domestic terrorist but also has racist followers that hate white people. Black Panther
— 🚂🇺🇸✝️👌🏻🐸👍🏻 (@william_severn) June 10, 2017
>#BlackPanther nigger movie named after a terrorist organization immediately following feminist wonder woman
No agenda here
— Kevin Von Schwartz👌 (@malcolmovb) June 10, 2017
Someone explain to me how Black Panther, first created by Stan Lee and another white guy in 1966, isn't at least a moderately racist.
— Eric (@DrMcAverage) June 10, 2017
When you finally see the new Black Panther trailer and there are no white people in Wakanda. pic.twitter.com/Vg05rzPCBN
— Black Aziz Ansari 👏 (@Freeyourmindkid) June 11, 2017
The trailer starts in an interrogation in a safehouse. Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) sits across from CIA agent Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman). Both characters showed up in previous Marvel movies, one in Age of Ultron and the other in Civil War.
Klaue asks, “What do you know about Wakanda?”
“It’s a third world country. Textiles, shepherds, cool outfits,” Everett replies.
Klaue corrects him. “All a front. Explorers have searched for it, called it El Dorado. They looked for it in South America, but it was in Africa the whole time. I’m the only one who’s seen it and made it out alive.”
Then we see Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa take his place as king. However, trouble is brewing in the fictional African country. Maybe there are few who aren’t so happy about T’Challa taking his place on the throne.
Black Panther is in theatres Feb. 16, 2018.