I am back from my comic book blog hiatus and I’m starting with one of my random temper tantrums. This is a no bars hold blog post. Anything goes. You have been warned.
I remember watching Deadpool movie at the theater two years ago. As expected, it was packed. Lines wrapped around every which way. Being the comic book fan that I am, I tried my best to ignore critic reviews.
However I did lash out a couple of times on social media because I got fed up with people dogging the movie. It was obvious they hadn’t taken the time to read upon who Deadpool is and what he is all about. I am a diehard fan of the Merc with a Mouth. He is one of my favorite Marvel comic book characters and I have been reading and collecting his comic books for the past seven or eight years.
I appreciated Deadpool movie just like I appreciate the upcoming Black Panther movie which will be released in North America this Friday, February 16, 2018.
Just as a lot of people went into movie theaters without prior knowledge of Deadpool, I can already tell that this will also be the case about Black Panther, another Marvel Comics character.
I am beyond sick and tired of all the chaos surrounding Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Black Panther movie. Folks are literally turning this movie into something that it is not, a BLACK movie.
People saw Black Panther in Civil War and got carried away. They acted as if that was the first time the world had seen a black superhero. Now folks are running around buying costumes and outfits to wear while watching the movie. Private screenings are even being held at one of the theaters I frequent. They want you to dress up and the media will be there.
A lot of black people are getting carried away for real and it’s driving me crazy. This is because folks are not taking the time to read upon and learn about King T’Challa, aka Black Panther.
I am tired of reading social media posts where we (blacks) finally have something of our own. They are telling us to take all our family and friends to see the movie so we can support and represent.
As a lifelong comic book fan I am easily irritated about the drama surrounding the Black Panther movie. One lady posted asking if anyone is taking their kids to see the movie. Um, why wouldn’t they take them?
I read a comment wondering if there will be racial undertones in the movie. Someone responded that it’s not likely because Quentin Tarntino didn’t have anything to do with it.
Someone posted that we finally have a movie about us, but that it was written by a white man and owned by a white company (Marvel Comics). Therefore our money is lining the white man’s pockets.
Okay. This is where I, a black female and comic book nerd, must draw the line.
- King T’Challa, aka Black Panther, is a black superhero comic book character by Marvel Comics. He was created by two white men, Stan Lee and the late Jack Kirby. He made his first appearance in Fantastic Four #52 in 1966.
- He is ruler and protector of Wakanda which is a hidden, technologically advanced country in Africa.
- He holds an Avenger card. Yes, Black Panther is an Avenger.
- If you really want to support and represent then don’t stop at the movie. Continue supporting Black Panther by reading his comic book series. Published by Marvel Comics, you can purchase print comic books at your local comic shop (LCS) or digital comics at Comixology. You might want to check out Comixology’s website as soon as possible because their Black Panther graphic novels are on sale for ridiculously low prices.
- And support Falcon’s comic book series while you’re at it. Luke Cage has his own series, but it’s heading to the chopping block. I’m mad as heck because that title is on my pull list at my LCS.
Speaking of Stan Lee, I dug up this picture of us for attention.
What I don’t understand is that I have been made fun of for years because I read and collect comic books. Now these same folks are breaking their necks to see the movie.
I don’t care for drama. I love my Marvel Comics, but I am not planning on watching the movie until at least two weeks after it opens.
For those of you that don’t know about King T’Challa, then read this before heading to the movie theater. When you get there, leave the drama at the front door and just watch and enjoy the damn movie.