As DC celebrates a much deserved win with Wonder Woman, there is something genius in putting Martin Freeman (basic white guy) into a movie with an otherwise mostly black cast. If the teaser trailer for Black Panther, which is inching ever closer to 100 million views, is any indication Marvel has struck gold by telling the exciting story of the lost city of Wakanda.
It’s a secret futuristic sci-fi city in Africa, where you have famous faces like Sterling K. Brown, Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, and Forest Whitaker all kicking butt. If that doesn’t get people excited enough. Martin Freeman will be sharing screen time with his long lost Hobbit Co-star Andy Serkis AKA Gollum.
The long established franchise has often come under fire by not featuring African-American celebrities in their stories or by not changing white superheros to black ones to stay with the times. I don’t think Marvel should have done that, I think Marvel should embrace the Black Panther story line full on, which is without a doubt one of the most exciting comic book legends around.
What is tricky is what they do after Black Panther, yes there should be sequels, but the fear here is that they could have stuffed way too many prominent African-American actors into one movie contracting them to one character without really making the rest of the franchise more diverse. Black Panther is great, and he is almost his own little sub-section of the MCU, but Wakanda cannot be the only representation of black superheros in the MCU.
If the Oscars would ever admit that a FRANCHISE action-packed movie that all of America wants to watch is worthy of being honored by getting some, Black Panther should be a no-brainer. Putting women and African-Americans aside, an established franchise breaking that glass ceiling is something everybody wants to see.