When Marvel's Black Panther arrived in theaters in February, it was unlike any other comic book film that came before it. The movie directed by Ryan Coogler had an effect on hundreds of thousands of viewers. T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) took charge of Wakanda and of hearts and minds around the world. As Yvette Nicole Brown says in Nerdist's The Impact of Black Panther, "It's a game changer in a way that I don't think we can even quantify."
Brown joined several members of the Black community in praising Black Panther and how it showed who they are and where they came from.
It's a celebrated film, and a huge part of the reason it was made was because of Christopher Priest, the first black editor and writer in comics. He contributed hugely to the character of Black Panther, giving him a new spirit, as comic book writer Hannibal Tabu explains in the video.
Those comic book origins led to all the incredible imagery and characterization in the movie. In T'Challa, yes, but also in Ramonda and Shuri and the Dora Milaje, who presented fierce portraits of different types of female characters in the technologically advanced Wakanda. They all speak to the community--to fans, to creators, to performers. Black Panther made an impact, and it's always good to listen to those it affected the most.
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