5 THINGS I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING IN THE UPCOMING BLACK PANTHER FILM
Written by Adetinpo Thomas
The Black Panther film, based on the comic book superhero series of the same name, is directed by Ryan Coogler for Marvel Studios. Starring Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong'o, Michael B. Jordan, and a slew of other incredible black talent, the excitement for the film has been increasingly rising as the February 16, 2018 release date approaches. We got actor and all-around bad ass Adetinpo Thomas to tell us what she's most looking forward to in the film.
All the dark skinned people
FINALLY, black people are on screen in droves and there will be no tropes of dark skin existence to be found. For a decades now Hollywood has been playing into, and often worsening, the long time issue of colorism in the black community. Only recently have we seen a shift in casting where the dark skinned characters are no longer considered ugly/ghetto/poor by default. Not only will Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Chadwick Boseman, Daniel Kaluuya, Florence Kasumba and Sterling Brown be in the movie, they will be cast as royalty. Not mammies. Not mommas. Not maids. Not even SLAVES. Danai Gurira is not the promiscuous friend and Daniel Kaluuya is not the homie that doesn’t have a job and comes through to see what you have in the fridge. We will be seeing a star studded cast of black actors being excellent, and I half expect chocolate to be flowing through the aisles of the movie theatre.
So many of the cast members have a graduate degree in acting. Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Sterling K Brown, Angela Bassett, and Forest Whitaker all have Masters of Fine Arts degrees. Honestly y’all, I stopped looking it up after that. Just everybody has degrees, experience, and skills. These people are trained. These people are ready to werk. Not only will the aisles be flowing with chocolate, but you may have enough course credit to at least apply to a graduate program once the credits roll!
Another film full of Black people breaking records
If you are not aware, “Hidden Figures” and “Get Out”made ALL THE MONEY. “Hidden Figures” made $22,800,057 the first weekend it was widely released and “Get Out” made $33,377,060 its opening weekend. Not only this, but Moonlight made Oscar history by being the first all-black cast an the first LGBT film to win the Best Picture Award. Gone are the days when Hollywood can say there is no money to be made in movies with people of color or women as leads. This movie is also a part of Marvel franchise so, stacks on stacks on stacks. Hopefully, this is only the beginning!
The movie plot will follow the main character T’Challa (Boseman) who returns home to the technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda, to take his place as King. Guys, I can’t stress this enough. This man is about to play a KING in an AFRICAN NATION that has NEVER been colonized in a mainstream, large-scale Hollywood production. As a first-gen Nigerian kid, born and raised in Southern California, I will probably cry actual tears at the unapologetic African glory. Also, plot line aside, pretty much every successful black actor ever in the history of blackness and acting-dom will be in this movie. Don’t believe me? Go to imdb right now. I’ll wait... Amazing right!? I mean, they even have Phylicia Rashad though?!
General Badassery Only Marvel Can Serve Up
We got a small dose of the Black Panther in “Captain America: Civil War,” and if that was any indication, we are about to be served one of the best superhero movies ever. This is about to be the most kung-fu fightingest, spear throwing, ninja-warrior, kick ass take names, take no prisoners, snatch your edges, and get your whole damn life, movie of all time. I’m ready, fam. It can’t come fast enough.
Adetinpo is an Atlanta-based actor, and a lifetime avid movie watcher. She has an undergraduate degree in Theatre and a Master of Arts in Acting, and only recently started dabbling in sharing her thoughts with people who, as she puts it, “aren’t forced to listen to her live-action commentary.”