The Revolutionary Age of Film
The year has only just started yet the film industry has already turned away from the conventions of movies and has challenged stereotypes and the portrayal of black people. ‘Black Panther’ is a prime example of the upliftment of not only black culture but also African culture which is a key aspect of the entertainment industry that has been left void.
'Black Panther’ is a movie about the Marvel superhero, King T’Challa who returns to the technologically advanced African nation, Wakanda, after his father’s death . T’Challa is soon faced with opposition as he is challenged for the throne. The young king must rally his allies and release the power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and restore the nation back to peace, just one’s typical problems.
This movie is outselling all the previous Marvel films in regards to advance ticket sales and honestly, we’re not surprised. Black Panther is particularly special in the Marvel Comic Universe as it’s the only kingdom that’s been left untouched by white colonisation. As well as that, it’s also very popular due to the way it portrays black characters in a positive and empowering limelight which is not something that one gets to see very often. But let’s be honest, who wouldn’t rush to the cinemas to see stars like Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett and many more in action (not forgetting how artists such as Kendrick Lamar and SZA have contributed to the jaw-dropping soundtrack). Finally, Black Panther is authentic in it’s African roots with the thick ‘Wakandan accent’ (Wakanda is a country created by Marvel but is said to be located in Northeastern Africa) and the attire reflecting many African tribes.
Celebrities such as Ava DuVernay and Issa Rae have gushed about this new film, many calling it a ‘cultural phenomenon’ and taking their word for it, we can’t wait!
The already iconic film will be out in cinemas on February the 13th and it will serve as a reminder that until there is an increase in diversity in the entertainment industry, movies will be outdated but when one decides to go against the norm and communicate a message that is needed in society great things can be achieved, stereotypes will be broken and society as a whole can move forward.