Black Panther Breaks Records and Racism By: Kashia Wells

Marvel’s Black Panther has destroyed the box office! Many have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of Black Panther since it was originally announced that the loved superhero would be getting his own movie. With its loyal following, Black Panther was expected to do well, but the level of success that this movie has garnered during its opening weekend alone is enough to make one question what took Marvel so long to create this masterpiece to begin with! Black Panther has become one of Marvel’s largest successes by opening as the second largest superhero movie of all time, falling only behind Marvel’s The Avengers. The movie has also taken the spot as the fifth biggest domestic opening of all time. Black Panther gives audiences a taste of something that has been missing not only from Marvel’s universe, but the cinematic universe as a whole.

There has been a long-running myth in Hollywood that movies starring black actors are not successful amongst larger audiences and would certainly not do well overseas. Black Panther has smashed that myth by bringing in approximately $169 million dollars overseas. It is unsurprising that systemic racism has long been a part of our cinematic experience, but Marvel has taken a step in the right direction by showing that people fall in love with characters of different creeds and cultures if only you give audiences the opportunity to experience them.

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The star-studded cast included Chad Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett, Michael B. Jordan, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, Sterling K. Brown, and Daniel Kaluuya from Jordan Peele’s Get Out. The movie has also added some new faces such as Danai Gurira and Letitia Wright to the Marvel Universe that will be sure to steal your heart. Fortunately, Marvels Avengers: Infinity War is set to come out on May 4th this year, so we will not have to wait long to delve back into that universe again. Until then, we will be shouting #WakandaForever at the top of our lungs.



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