The Kings and Queens of Marvel’s Black Panther

Credit: IMDB – Black Panther (2018)

Positive Representation

I went to see Black Panther because I’m a fan of Marvel, but I was specifically drawn to see it because of it’s cast. In my life, I’ve never seen a movie that portrayed black characters in such a beautiful light. Where black women were warriors and inventors, and where black men were leaders and superhero’s.

Black Panther was one of those movies that left me pondering a lot of things I didn’t even expect it to make me think about in the first place. It left me longing for something that I couldn’t put my finger on up until now.

Watching these native African tribes exist in a world where they were on top was astonishing, to say the least. It made me wish the world was a bit different than it is now.

Our Reality

Being Black in America kind of sucks. I know that’s extremely broad so let me be more specific; being “African American” means not belonging directly to any place. It means not knowing anything about your ancestors but that they were slaves. Can you see how this can affect self-love?

Let me break it down more for you. Not knowing where you come from has a huge impact on how you look at yourself and others around you. There is no real connection and there is no real unity, but, there is a longing for it.

Credit: IMDB – Black Panther (2018)

This brings me back to Marvel’s Black Panther, the characters knew exactly where they came from. They still practiced ancestral traditions and most importantly, they were living amongst each other in a thriving community.

This movie had me wondering what the world would be like if the African Slave Trade never happened. It left me longing to know more about my ancestors but it also left me feeling a little displaced.

A Glimpse of Hope

All in all, I love what Marvel did with Black Panther. I hope for more movies like this in the future where my daughter can see characters that look just like her, in a powerful and positive light.

Please go see Black Panther. There is so much to be taken away from it than I ever expected. I know movie theaters can be expensive but this one is definitely worth the experience.

If you’ve seen it, I’d love to hear what your thoughts are!

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2 Comments

  1. I absolutely loved the movie! I’m also a marvel fan, but there were so many lessons that could be learned. Even the fighting with the family members because he wasn’t accepted. Representation matters! Overall I left feeling empowered.

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