The Marvel Cinematic Universe is becoming increasingly diverse, on and off screen. The franchise’s continued success depends on remaining culturally relevant.
Aliens arrive in Lagos in Nnedi Okorafor’s celebrated sci-fi novel Lagoon – and with them they bring a future free of restrictive gender norms.
The increased migration of Africans and the global growth of hip hop culture has seen a dynamic new generation of Pan Africanism emerge.
The late Hollywood star celebrated being young, Black and gifted, both on screen and off.
Technology can give superhero abilities to people in real life.
Unlike the Hollywood hero he portrayed, Boseman created space for a kaleidoscope of Black masculinities and challenged the narrative that urban Black men are in need of saving.
Both Black Panther and Beyoncé’s Black is King represent a utopian vision of empowerment and connection to Africa.
Afrofuturism allows Black people to not only imagine their distant futures but also how to survive the anti-Black present.
New regulations on the use of folklore are a hindrance to local artists.
The film wowed critics and fans. But its hidden power may be black lead characters who are accomplished scientists – just the thing to help inspire future generations to follow in their footsteps.
Suspiria was one of the best; Black Panther a disappointment. Our critical pick of the films of 2018.
BlacKkKlansman is more than a good story: it expertly weaves together comedy with serious drama to bring the story of past racism to illuminate our present day issues.
Marvel will need to look deeper than basic representation for its future success.
Seeing is not just believing. Seeing changes what we believe, about ourselves and about other people.
The lead villain of Black Panther is a complex character who represents years of conflicting debates among African American leaders about how to achieve Black liberation.
This is what happens when we stop assuming audiences can’t handle female-led sci-fi films.
Stigma about black or African hair reflects deep-seated politics around race and history.
Hollywood will allow the world of the Black Panther to be black, only if it doesn’t hurt white people’s feelings.
It’s not just how characters look. How they talk and the role they play have a profound impact on kids, who are quick to categorize characters as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ based on superficial qualities.
Black Panther arrives at a moment of possibility. Its popularity demonstrates that people are crying out for chances to see themselves and their communities portrayed with dignity—as heroes.