The Importance of Black Panther to Our Houseful

Black Panther will be here soon – are you even ready for this gloriousness? 

Black Panther

2018 is starting off powerfully. Our houseful has spent a week figuring out what we’re going to be doing for the year, and then I received a new spot for Black Panther, and I’m all excited now. It shows the Black Panther journey from page to screen with interviews from Chadwick Boseman who plays T’Challa/Black Panther, Stan Lee – creator of the iconic superhero, and director/Michael B Jordan fan – Ryan Coogler. The film is beautifully shot, and I can’t wait to see it this year! 

What I’m most impressed about is the role of women in this film. While the Avengers have had Black Widow working with them for several years, the King of Wakanda has the Dora Milaje – the Wakandan special forces who also happen to be some of the baddest women from every tribe of Wakanda. If you’re keeping up, you know this variation of ‘baddest’ means fierce, and we won’t be disappointed. We saw a small interaction between Black Widow and Okoye in Avengers: Civil War, and it set a tone with the warrior vibes of both women.

Black Panther Dora Milaje

Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER..L to R: Okoye (Danai Gurira), Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Ayo (Florence Kasumba)..Photo: Matt Kennedy..©Marvel Studios 2018

For my children to be able to see a kingdom of people in the Marvel universe that explicitly look like them is quite important. We LOVE the Marvel Comic Universe and superhero stories in general, Seeing inherent good in the world is amazing, but seeing it come from people who look just like you do is empowering. We’re going to be celebrating all year long. 

Black Panther Dora Milaje

Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER..L to R: Okoye (Danai Gurira), Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Ayo (Florence Kasumba)..Photo: Matt Kennedy..©Marvel Studios 2018

Having T’Challa come on the scene visually in Captain America: Civil War was a moment we had long been waiting for. The comics paid homage to so many aspects of what we grew up hearing, and to see that he was not only a superhero but a KING was enough to make this little girl dive deep into the history behind it. Especially after finding out my own parents were just 4 years of age when he was created. Full circle, right? 

 

Black Panther Tree Pose

Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER..Black Panther/T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman)..Ph: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2018

So, tell me. Where will you be come February 16th? The houseful is ready, and as SOON as tickets go on sale, we’ll be snagging ours. 

Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life. “Black Panther” stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, with Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis. The film is directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Jeffrey Chernov and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole wrote the screenplay. Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” hits theatres on February 16, 2018.

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