Hot Anticipation: Black Panther
"Don't freeze," a member of an African special forces unit advises her king, T'Challa, as he prepares to leap from a speeding jet into battle. With regal calm, he replies, "I never freeze." (You can't freeze if you're subzero-cool.) He dons a black mask and drops from the sky as a car explodes beneath him. Screen time: 10 seconds. Time spent waiting to see that moment become a reality? A generation.
as this year belonged to Wonder Woman, next spring should belong to T'Challa.
When Ryan Coogler's Black Panther opens, a superhero (played by Chadwick
Boseman) with unapologetic black swagger will finally have the cultural
spotlight, 50 years after the character debuted in a Marvel comic. "I feel
incredible opportunity, and a responsibility," says Coogler. That feeling
is familiar to Coogler, who directed 2015's Rocky spinoff, Creed,
which also remade expectations in a genre dominated by white-male archetypes. "The
question I'm trying to answer is, 'What does it truly mean to be African?'"
Coogler says. "The Marvel Universe has set itself in the real world
much as possible. What does it mean for T'Challa to move as a black man in a
movie reality that tries to be a real world?" T.J.