Since Thursday, excited moviegoers all over the country have shown up decked out in traditional African fashion in an homage to Wakanda, the fictional nation in eastern Africa where the film is set.
Technologically advanced Wakanda has never been colonized by western nations and thus developed independently from the rest of the world, offering a new take on the African continent and its people than those that have been portrayed in film in the past.
“Black Panther” is the first Marvel superhero movie with an African-American in the title role.
The film has attracted praise for its vision of Afrofuturism and strong and smart female characters, according to the Associated Press. It addresses themes of racism and sexism.
Film premieres are often a haven for cosplayers, fans who dress up as their favorite heroes from the movie, and Marvel’s “Black Panther” was no exception.
What a weekend!!! We came, we saw, we conquered – international baby lol… Kodwa where would I be without my lovely fans – ya’ll never fail to show a girl so much love. #BlackPanther premiere was Universal team for hosting us #Wakanda#BlackPanther ?: pic.twitter.com/1TH7vJUXpy
— Bongekile simelane (@BABESWODUMO) February 19, 2018
Source: By Danny Clemens/ABC7 Chicago