Black Panther Hysteria

Well, it had to happen. With the release of Black Panther (the 18th film in the MCU), the internet has exploded with claims of racism, of daring to criticise the film being regarded as racist, and all kinds of accusations around ‘social justice this, liberal that’. It all adds up to one great big steaming ball of hysteria.

Firstly, I haven’t seen the film yet, so I don’t know how it will compare to previous Marvel entries. It might be brilliant, it might be good, it might be mediocre. I can’t comment on it until I’ve seen it. It would only be my subjective opinion and it would have no bearing on the skin colour of the cast. Secondly, if you’re rallying against the film for having an almost-entirely black cast, you’re picking the wrong battle. The previous 17 MCU films have all had white male leads, but by all means, explain how Black Panther takes things too far, or threatens the white man.


3 thoughts on “Black Panther Hysteria

  1. Yeah, I don’t know about “Black Panther.” My stomach did a question mark when I saw the previews.

    On the one hand, I love Marvels movies & I wanted to see it. On the other hand, it reeks of the Blaxploitation films I’ve only ever heard mentioned. Then, I started thinking about the time period in which the character was probably created, & the racial tensions & factors. Then, I looked it up & found it was created, like I thought, in the 1960’s.

    Then, I got a headache. So, I stopped thinking about it.

    Because of my reservations, personally, I’m not going to see it in theaters. I don’t fault or judge anyone who chooses to do what they feel is best for them, morally & where entertainment is involved.

    I’m quite interested to hear what the critics – especially those who notice issues of race, gender, sexuality, etc. – have to say about the movie, though.


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