The Future Of Superheros
“Black Panther T-shirt.” Teepublic, (2018)
Chapter 1: Diversity in the Marvel world Superheros. What do people think when they hear the word superhero. When people think of a superhero, they think of Avengers and Captain America. People think of Superman. Until superheroes like the Black Panther. Black Panther is the first Marvel movie with a majority black cast. This movie tells us about a different part of the world that people don’t know much about. People get to learn past the starving faces of children of Africa and the struggle for shelter. This movie paves the way for black superheroes, to be seen. Movies like Black Panther give inspiration to those who don’t look like Thor or Captain America. This movie brings light to the different type of cultures. The movie features some tribes that are real but in the movie have different names. For example, one of the council members (pictured on the left)
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Is part of the Merchant tribe in the movie. The tribe in real life is called Himba (Pictured on the right). The Himba tribe is known to wear red clay in their hair and on their bodies, to protect from mosquitoes. The clay is also good for the skin. Another tribe that exists in real, is the Border tribe. In the movie, the tribe protects the border and helps to disguise people from seeing the real Wakanda past the farmers. This tribe real name is Basotho tribe. The people in the tribe wear a long blanket wrapped around them. The symbols on the blankets have a strong meaning to them. One symbol on the blanket means “ To swear by the chief” this being portrayed by the symbol of corn cob.
Black Panther (2018) - W'Kabi (Daniel Kaluuya) / Basotho horseman
Fun Fact: People used pictures from actual abuse reports to make there false reports on Twitter and Facebook.
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Fun Fact: The name Wakanda comes from a tribe called the Wakamba.
Black Panther movie was released February 16, 2018. The moment the movie opened in the theaters it broke records for the box office in the first three days by making $108 million dollars. 10 days in the theaters and the movie made $400 million dollars. That is only in the U.S. Black Panther is the #1 movie to bring in so much money in a short period of time in the Marvel universe. The Avengers needed 14 days. On the other hand, this movie caused an uproar of false reports of viewers watching the movie in theaters being assaulted by other viewers of different races. People were using pictures off of google to make their story seem real. The point of these reports was because the viewers that made the false reports wanted the movie to have low ratings. People saw these reports on Twitter and Facebook and responded by either believing in these false reports or showing that the reports were false. Another example was a religious group in Mississippi protesting the movie. The reason for there protest was because they wanted the movie to not be shown as well. The religious group thought that the movie was supposed to be about the Black Panthers. The Black Panther was a group of people that fought against police brutality against black people. The behavior of these people involved in these false reports and protests is harmful. This behavior shows that people still have that sense of mind that people of other races aren’t equal. This also brings up the topic of people not wanting to learn their history or have others learn it as well. The religious group that was protesting it thought that this movie was about the political group of people that fought for African Americans because of police brutality. Trying to understand why people wouldn’t want to have a movie about the black panthers just doesn’t make sense the black panthers helped to make it so that people of color could be treated as equals. All people should be supportive of others no matter their race, gender or class that shouldn’t matter.
“Fantastic Four (1961) #52.” Comics | Marvel.Com.
Fun Fact: Black Panther as a character was first featured in the Fantastic Four comic book.
He was interviewed because of the very detailed knowledge of Black Panther, in comic book life and his story as a character. He was asked a few questions and these are his responses. I have been reading them for 45 years. I don’t have a favorite, but my favorite comic book is Black Panther or the Avengers. The Avengers was my favorite because Luke Cage was in it. I have known about Black Panther and Wakanda [The place itself and the technology] for years. The Black Panther is smart, athletic and fair. I was really excited because I have been reading about the black panther since I was younger than my son. The movie told a good story, telling the story in the comic very similar the visual effects were good African customs and cultural thing. They [Marvel] took so long because of preference people who make the movies are overwhelming men and white and that they reflect men and their interests because everyone is “supposed to be the white male”. I have seen it twice and I have gone to two different theaters. One in Kankakee and the other in Chicago. There weren’t any problems. I didn’t think any of the reports were real. Most people that were excited to see the movie where people like me and Nyambi [ my cousin] who read the comic books. Back then I would find black panther comics books back when he [ Black Panther] was married to Storm [ comic book character] we had talked about it for year people like that wouldn’t attack anyone because they are going see the movie.
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