Bold, black and attractive: 'Black Panther' hopes for cultural shift

Ruben Ruiz
February 15, 2018

And the movie turned from awesome to aww-some with the Monday release of Black Panther-themed emojis, including #BlackPanther, #Killmonger, #Nakia, #Okoye and #Shuri.

The long-awaited Marvel movie starring Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa, aka Black Panther, opens Feb. 13 in the UK, Feb. 15 in Australia and Feb. 16 in the US.

Black Panther is out in the United Kingdom on 13 February.

Coogler, who previously directed Fruitvale Station and Creed, is at the helm of the latest Marvel film and he described the experience as "the most unique" of his career so far.

Boseman made his debut as the character in 2016's Captain America: Civil War, instantly winning fans over with his charming but ice cold take on the character.

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"It's not often that you see two black men in a movie playing a role of this importance".

However, there's little time for the new King to get settled, as he'll soon have to deal with the re-emergence of Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) - an arms dealer who years ago stole some of Wakanda's precious Vibranium, the indestructible metal that powers the whole country - and Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan), a mercenary with a mysterious past who has his own designs on Wakanda.

"Marvel has a way of really affecting popular culture", said Lupita Nyong'o, who plays the Wakandan warrior spy, Nakia.

The petition asks that the studios stop simply asking for money from black customers for the film, but rather put their money where their mouth is and agree to set aside 25 percent of their worldwide profit 'to be allocated for investment in black communities, and in programs within these communities that focus on S.T.E.M'.

Screen Crush recently followed up on the issue of what was removed from the transition from script to screen with Black Panther co-writer Joe Robert Cole. We use it when we go into Wakanda, when we go into these spaces that are important to our characters. Although the Black Panther character debuted before the Black Panther Party was officially formed (although the name predated Lee and Kirby, just not used with the specific Black Panther Party - it was used for other political groups that directly influenced the naming of the Black Panther Party), obviously a few years later the Black Panther Party was a lot more famous than the comic book superhero.

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