Marvel Studios Phase Three continues February 16 as comic book fans will be hitting theaters to view the next installment into their forever expanding cinematic universe. As the sixteenth overall movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the six movie within Phase Three specifically, Black Panther will be our introduction into the illustrious African nation of Wakanda and all its lore. This is a major plot point in the overall continuity that Marvel Studios has literally spent years establishing, all leading up to the crux of the decade long build up to Avengers: Infinity War.
Now, the lit-ness of this premiere is a layered subject so I’ll do my best to explain in terms that all parties can digest. I will premise that I may be somewhat biased in my excitement due to my knowledge and love for comics but more importantly, I’m a young black male who, being raised in the United States, is quite familiar with all the depictions of the black male that the media has portrayed since basically forever. To FIN-AL-LY have a superhero of our OWN. A king of the richest nation on Earth who’s a super-genius who can fight and gets the ladies? C’mon man. Black Panther is lit.
First, I’ll point out the obvious: an all-star black star casting is something that has many excited. Director Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station) will be working along side Chadwick Boseman (42), Michael B. Jordan (Creed), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead), Angela Bassett (What’s Love Got To Do With It), Forest Whitaker (The Shield), Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), and Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us), just to name a few. This powerhouse cast is too lit just within itself and when they hit the screen, black excellence will exude at an all time high. I mean, clearly Marvel Studios was trying to capitalize on the nuance of this by premiering the movie during Black History Month. As an African-American being able to finally a superhero thats “ours” is one of the greatest feelings in the world. No gimmicks, just dopeness all around. But he’s not just a character who’s exclusively for the black community. For other people of color, especially children, to see someone other than a handsome fit white guy save the day gives them hope also.
This leads to my final point, it's lit because the MCU hits the Motherland. Afrofuturism is on full display as we enter the reclusive African nation of Wakanda. For those who ain’t hip, in the Marvel universe, Wakanda is the richest and most technologically advanced nation on the planet Earth by a long shot. Period. This means that King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), The Black Panther, is richest and arguably in the top three smartest people in all of the MCU. This is not up for a debate. T’Challa has washed many a foe and probably your favorite Marvel comic book character largely due to his nearly uncontested fighting ability and genius intellect. There’s even a point in the comics where T’Challa marries Storm from X-Men, is a founding member of The Illuminati, masters the Infinity Gauntlet, changes the multiverse, and even gives his Wakandian brethren their own planet. Yes, my mans has his own planet. Now tell me Black Panther isn’t lit?
At this very moment, Black Panther has pre-sold more tickets than any other Marvel movie EVER. This is dope. The anticipation for this film is off the charts because the public realizes how major this film is for the culture. The first mainstream black superhero is finally getting his proper due and to me this is a lit-uation of the highest manner, and I will continue to share this notion to anyone that is willing to hear me out.