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.
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.