Believe the hype! Black Panther Movie set for history-making success

Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o and Florence Kasumba in Black Panther © 2017 – Disney/Marvel Studios

Marvel’s Black Panther movie is on course to breaking superhero box-office movie history, and much more.  As one Yolanda Machado puts it, the movie “is black, beautiful and proud.”

Although it will only hit the theatre 16 February, the movie’s advanced ticket sales on Fandango are already beating all other superhero films ever made, according to CNN.

“Following a star-studded world premiere on Monday in Los Angeles, ticket sales for the Marvel Studios production…has also eclipsed every other movie that currently has tickets for sale on Fandango… Whether it will break more records on opening day and in the weeks following remains to be seen.,” reports the news outlet.

Black Panther, which is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, features a predominantly black cast including Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Angela Bassett (Ramonda) Daniel Kaluuya (who is a nominee for Best Actor at the upcoming Oscars, is W’kabi), the fresh face Ugandan actress Florence Kasumba (Ayo), Letitia Wright (Shuri), and many more not forgetting the legendary Isaac de Bankole, to name some.

It is directed by 31-year old Ryan Coogler, the first black person to do so in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The movie’s soundtrack by the same name is produced and performed by Kendrick Lamar, who is joined by other famous hip hop artists on the movie’s album to be released 9 February. Featured on the songs are the popular likes of Khalid, Swae Lee, 2 Chainz, Travis Scott and The Weeknd.

The movie Black Panther is nothing to do with the American revolutionary civil rights movement).  According to the official website, it follows T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), who, after the death of his father, the King of [fictious] 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.

Following its 29 January premier in Los Angeles (at which the dress code was African Royalty), the social media reaction and hype to the movie has been astounding.

“Believe the hype. Believe the buzz. Believe the words “cultural phenomenon.”#blackpanther is about to blow minds and take names. My God. Where to even begin…” tweeted actor Josh Gad (Frozen, Beauty and the Beast) to his 300,000 plus followers.

And Yolanda Machado warms our hearts with this tweet: “#BlackPanther? is black, beautiful and proud. A gorgeously shot film with heart, action, and a message that is so needed today. The women shine bright, bold and strong and are everything women of colour have been denied… till now. #RyanCoogler is a genius. LONG LIVE THE KING!!?”

Come 16 February, all roads lead to WAKANDA!




reGina Jane

reGina Jane Jere is a Zambian-born London-based journalist and founding Editor of the New African Woman magazine the sister-publication of the New African magazine of which she was the Deputy Editor for over a decade. The mother of two juggles a wide-range of editorial and managerial duties, but she has particular passion on women’s health, education, rights and empowerment. She is also a former Zambian correspondent for Agence France Presse, and a former Africa Researcher at Index on Censorship. She writes extensively on a wide range of issues, from politics to women’s rights, media and free speech to beauty and fashion

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