On February 16th, Black Panther will become the first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to be headlined by a Black superhero (read our full review here). Already, this has generated a great deal of excitement and controversy among fans. Some are celebrating the empowering message that Black Panther sends to superhero fans with its plot about an African king going toe-to-toe against the powers of colonialism, while others are, uh, trying to sabotage the film’s Rotten Tomatoes score. Black Panther is already breaking records for Marvel pre-sale tickets, however, and early buzz for the film is overwhelmingly positive. In other words, people really want to see this movie.
As a comic book character, Black Panther has a long history that predates the MCU by over 40 years. As the first Black superhero, created in the midst of the civil rights movement, that history contains a lot of politically charged commentary. Many of the cast members and creative minds behind the MCU Black Panther have spoken about the importance of the character and what an honour it is to be involved with this movie. That’s a lot of info that won’t be packed into a single film, so we’ve whittled it down to 15 Facts You Need To Know About Black Panther.[/nextpage]