"Black Panther," Marvel's latest superhero blockbuster, surpassed "The Avengers" at the box office , making it the highest-grossing superhero movie of all time in North America, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Ryan Coogler directed film marched past Marvel's 2012 , which raked in $623.4 million, by earning more than $1.2 billion worldwide since its Feb. 16 release.
Black Panther is the first major superhero movie set in Africa even though the country of "Wakanda" is fictional. It is also the first superhero move to feature a majority black cast; and director as well as the first to employ a black writer. It is amazing that these statements can still be made in 2018. However we hope that the success of this movie will cause Hollywood to take a hard look at what the world would like to see on the big screen and not just a particular demographic of people.
According to Rueters, The stars of “Black Panther” dressed in their finest African-inspired royal attire and spoke about the importance of representing a black superhero story on screen at the premiere of the new film from Walt Disney Co’s Marvel Entertainment.
“Something like Marvel has a way of really affecting popular culture, and to have that popular culture informed with things that are of African origin and people knowing they are of African origin ... is powerful,” Nyong’o, who plays warrior Nakia, told Reuters.
“Hopefully it changes the general idea of what being an African is. Too often times we see Africa as a place that is wanting and here it’s a place that you want to go,” she said.
In the movie, T'Challa, the King of Wakanda, rises to the throne in the isolated, technologically advanced African nation, but his claim is challenged by a vengeful outsider "Killmonger" who was a childhood victim of T'Challa's father's mistake.
The film stars; Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o and introduces newcomer Letitia Wright to the big screen a long with other A-list an award winning actors.