‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ celebrates diverse culture and heritage of Black superheroes
“Avengers: Endgame” is almost here. Marvel fans — and comic book aficionados around the world — have been anxiously waiting for months for the final battle. The sequel is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the cinematic universe that continues to redefine film genre with its original movies and its cinematic universe-creating “Phase Two” movies. So it should come as no surprise that the last phase of “Avengers: Endgame” will center around the Black superheroes of Wakanda. And the movie is going to feature some of the most diverse supercouples in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including the Black Panther, Black Widow, Ant-Man, Falcon and Winter Soldier.
One of the first films to embrace diversity in its creative team, “Black Panther: The Birth of Wakanda” — a film set to be released in April, 2018 — is celebrating Wakanda’s cultural legacy of heroes, including W’Kabi and the Falcon, and its indigenous black culture that has been overlooked in American pop culture. And the cultural legacy of Wakanda’s Black heroes has now found another artistic voice in the filmmaker Ta-Nehisi Coates, who will portray the African-American hero, N’Jobu, a character who was created by “Black Panther’s” screenwriter-director Ryan Coogler, and “The Birth of Wakanda” director Matthew Libatique.
The “Black Panther” film is set to be one of Marvel’s biggest movies — Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige even compared it to 2016’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” — with its box office take of $1.3 billion globally — nearly enough to make it the year’s top film in the United States. And despite the film’s massive budget