I’m sure by now you’ve heard all the hype over the latest Marvel film, “Black Panther” and I’m sure you’ve more than likely seen the film. I finally got the chance to go check out the film on Sunday of opening weekend and it was nothing short of AMAZING! I’m not the type at all who is a huge fan of the Marvel franchise let alone the “superhero” genre but that’s honestly because at this point, they’ve done too many to keep up with and before it was a Hollywood phenomenon to create all the Marvel films, I just liked it plain and simple. I watched “Spiderman” with Tobey Maguire, I watched “Dark Knight” with Christian Bale, (is that Marvel?) I watched “Iron Man” with Robert Downing Jr. and I watched “The Incredible Hulk” with Edward Norton. But NONE of these films had the same effect as “Black Panther” and I’ll tell you why.
Saturday evening I went to the movie theater, purchased my ticket and selected my seat for the following day. Honestly, I was shocked so many seats were still available the day before. I’ve never done this for a movie. Ever. I planned out what I’d wear, even planned on getting there super early (which never happens I might add). For cliche and obvious reasons, I will say I had to turn out and support the cause because it was an all Black cast. We all can count on ONE hand how many films have an all Black cast that comes out a year. Besides the myth that Black films “don’t do well” or don’t sell because of whatever b.s reason, “Black Panther” crushed that myth long before the film was even released to the public! This film was more than “Oh it’s a Black film with a lot of Black actors let me make sure I show support.” Although that was important, it’s much bigger than that. It means something for the little Black boy who saw this film now thinking he can be that superhero who looks like him.
Because the hype of the film, Black people were showing up in their African attire or Black Panther themed attire. Witnessing that experience alone made you want to get out and see it. Honestly, before I walked into that movie theater, I thought it would be another superhero movie and that it would probably be mediocre and it was just me going to see it because of obvious reasons, but I honestly walked out of that theater feeling proud, empowered and inspired. It broke so many myths and stereotypes and I’m so happy about that. Because I’m African American, I know that Africa is a beautiful place full of beautiful people. I’ve always known superheroes in real life and on the screen, whether they were role models or just plain, everyday people who do so much for the community. I hope this film sets the pathway for many more like it and unlike it with Black Hollywood.