Let’s get straight to the point: when it comes to a Black Panther film, it’s about damn time. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1966 - just a few months before the Black Panther Party was founded - his story starts in Wakanda, a fictional African kingdom rich in technology and an almost indestructible material called vibranium, the same thing found in Captain America’s shield.
Making his official debut in the Fantastic Four, T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) would go on to become a star in his own right, joining - and at times leading - the Avengers, fighting Nazis and even marrying Ororo Munroe, better known as Storm. In a sea of white faces, he became the first Black (mainstream) superhero, paving the way for others like Falcon, Vixen, John Stewart’s version of the Green Lantern and more.
After making an appearance in 2016’s blockbuster smash Captain America: Civil War, the King of Wakanda is now stepping into the spotlight for his own feature film, and it’s clear he’s more than able to hold his own. But after breaking ticket sales many are wondering whether the film will live up to the hype, and thankfully, it does.
Opening in Oakland, California - Ryan Coogler’s hometown and the backdrop of the 2013 critically acclaimed Fruitvale Station - Black Panther is unapologetic in embracing its blackness; expertly exploring themes like racism and poverty to reveal how hatred can sew the seeds for even more hatred. Following the death of his father T’Chaka, the new king is tasked with protecting Wakanda from the world, placing him in the middle of a debate over self-preservation versus the greater good.
Read the full story at Houston Style Magazine - February 2018