Black comic book superheroes and villains have been representing for a while.
By: Dustin J. Seibert Posted: May 16 2016 12:28 PM
Chadwick Boseman as the Black Panther in
Captain America: Civil WarMarvel Studios
If you’ve already seen Captain America: Civil War and have even a passing familiarity with King T’Challa of Wakanda, aka the Black Panther, you know that the director and writers didn’t s--t the bed with the character’s introduction to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
As the first meaningful black character in the MCU (Anthony Mackie is cool, but the Falcon is meh as a superhero, and Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury doesn’t count, since he’s white in the comics), if T’Challa were in any way bitchified in Civil War or written with the personality of a used-up Sharpie, like the dude who plays Luke Cage in Marvel’s Jessica Jones, black Twitter probably would’ve gone buck wild.
The casting of Chadwick Boseman was wise, considering that he’s been quietly moving up the Hollywood ladder as a black male lead, tackling roles of substance and not mindless blockbuster cash grabs (I’m looking at you, Dwayne Johnson). According to one of my African friends on Facebook, Boseman affected a decent South African accent for a country that doesn’t exist in real life, giving Will “Tell de TROOF!” Smith something to think about. Read more here: