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Film with predominantly black actors was overdue - Black Panther's Andy Serkis

09 February 2018

One negative review has broken "Black Panther's" 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But Blade remains the only hero of colour to ever receive the same treatment - probably only because Marvel started developing it in the 90s when vampires were all the rage (thanks, Buffy).

An Afro-centric superhero film has been a long time coming, and it's worth the ticket price just to see this landmark event in mainstream action cinema. They help carry the throne and movie to royalty as director Ryan Coogler coaches these women toward profound achievement. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release Black Panther's full power to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

"Black Panther", the first black standalone Marvel superhero movie, won rave reviews Tuesday, with critics praising both its adventure and its portrayal of a majestic Africa, according to Reuters.

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"And it's just like, of course, we do live in a world where we've been making films for however many years and black actors have been the minority, and go through that feeling every single time".

"I think about how this is going to be impactful for their future, in terms of, 'you can be anything, you can do anything, '" said Spears.

There's also Lupita Nuong'O, also excellent here as T'Challa's love interest Nakia, though the character thankfully has a lot more to do that just look good in front of the character. Consider that around this time past year we were nearing the release of another unlikely awards contender with glowing reviews and strong cultural resonance: "Get Out", which opened February 24, 2017. I can't answer any "next" because if I say that then it'll be like, "The next thing that's gonna happen is this for Marvel".

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This is exactly why I'm so excited about Black Panther. "And I tried to put all that into the movie", Coogler said. Not only does the film break ground as the first in Marvel movie history to portray African culture, it also touches heavily on substantive topics atypical of Marvel films; generational wealth, technology, natural resources, women's power, loyalty, honor and respect. "That's really handsome, and I want them to know that this can and should be the norm". Where do you want to see the character go next?

Letitia Wright is the talented actress who plays Shuri, the badass half-sister of T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman), heir to the African kingdom Wakanda.

"With Trump being in office, we are seeing things that make us more mindful of the kind of racist and oppressive tactics that we thought were over and done with".

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Film with predominantly black actors was overdue - Black Panther's Andy Serkis