Black Panther


One of the official movie posters.

Melanie Battle, Editor-in-Chief

In less than a month, Black Panther, the highly anticipated Marvel movie will premiere in theaters. “I plan on seeing the movie because it’s the first movie about a black superhero,” sophomore Warren Whitaker confesses. The character Black Panther made his first debut in Captain America: Civil War with much praise, so the only thing left to do was give him his own movie. With February 16 as the release date, ticket pre-sales have hit the roof. Being projected to pass 2016’s Captain America: Civil War for first day pre-sales is only the beginning of the film’s record breaking reputation. If Black Panther can match or even beat the $179 million domestic opening weekend and $1.15 billion in international ticket sales of Captain America: Civil War, it will be among the highest-grossing Marvel films ever.

The plot focuses on T’Challa, son of now deceased ruler, T’Chaka, becoming the king of Wakanda and the new Black Panther. Outlawed warrior, Killmomger, opposes the new leader and desires to take control of the whole nation. The story follows Black Panther as he tries to prevent a war from breaking out.

With a star-studded cast featuring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett and Forest Whitaker, Black Panther is already living up to all the hype that has been surrounding it for months. With black superheroes being very uncommon, the black community has made it a point to go out and support the film. When asked why he would go see the movie, senior Xavier Prince says, “Because I want to support positive black representation in mainstream media.” “I would go see it because it seems to be really interesting and it will be a big breakthrough for superheroes in the black community since they aren’t common,” junior Erin McNeil explains. Junior Mia Watson states it plain and simple when asked why she would go see Black Panther, “to support black people.” Black Panther is sure to be the next blockbuster hit.