Just in case you forgot February 16, 2018, is the next scheduled family meeting, Marvel Studios released a series of posters for the anxiously awaited Black Panther just to hit you with a little reminder.
Gaze upon these glorious posters and then try telling me you don’t feel your ancestors speaking!
A Chadwick Boseman interview released yesterday and set the internet buzzing. Bosman discussed developing T’Challa’s accent with the specific purpose of exemplifying a world not dominated or saturated with influences of colonialism.
Wakanda is the world’s most secretive country due largely in part to its extreme technological advancement when compared to the rest of the world and resulting desire to keep its lands safe and solely under the stewardship of Wakandans.
A major part of the plot in Black Panther is the struggle with whether or not to reveal its presence to the rest of the world or continue to prosper in the shadows.
The voice of its King is the first signal of its true independence, agency, and the sweeping dignity of a warrior people. These are a people who grew, developed, and advanced without hindrance or under the yoke of European imperialism.
Bosman’s choice to speak with a voice that owes none of its heritage to a colonial overseer brings that theme front and center.
Just when you thought you couldn’t get any more excited or be any more proud of this casting of Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman speaks and kicks the admiration and love up another notch.
All Hail the King.
T’Challa has returned home as King but he must defeat an old enemy in order to assume his rightful place as leader of the Wakandan people. King T’Challa’s – and Black Panther – will be tested as never before and drawn into a battle that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world in peril.
Black Panther is directed by Ryan Coogler and based off a screenplay written by Coogler and Joe Robert Cole.