African Americans have been better represented in superhero movies these days but they are rarely shown as headliners. So far most African-American roles have been delegated to supporting roles but the movie Black Panther will change that. The character is not as popular as Spiderman or Iron-Man but is just as formidable, so it's important for young minorities to see mainstream heroes for inspiration. Similar how the characters Superman or Captain America inspire people to be more patriotic, Black Panther will promote a healthy African heritage never before seen on screen.
2) Image of Africa:
In 2017 many people still sadly stereotype the continent as being purely a place of poverty and war. This is not entirely the case, Africa has beautiful and well developed cities. It is a place of elegance and grace just like North America. The Black Panther film will explore this aspect of the continent, something not always captured on film. The plot of the story also shows the fictional yet powerful Wakanda--a country and technological giant that is purely independent of the outside world. This imagery of this nation will be unique and show African culture and power like never before.
1) King T’challa:
Black Panther himself is one of the most resourceful characters in the Marvel Universe. He is not a sidekick but royalty that has an amazing skill set. This character has an endless fortune, amazing physical abilities and epic weapons. He is not a knock off character and having this character as a minority will be very powerful. It means something for minorities to see such a powerful and black character. Diversity in comics creates a healthy balance and makes sure that more people are represented in these great stories. This will hopefully start a trend for young creators and authors as well building new characters for the genre.