It’s BLACK PANTHER Week, People! Hail to the king!

We're just going to pretend that our CAT PEOPLE podcast episode was tied into this somehow.

There is so much to be excited about in regards to the new Black Panther movie. First, it is to my knowledge the first Hollywood blockbuster to have a majority black cast and crew. That’s awesome. Well, it’s awesome that’s happening, but not so awesome that we had to wait until 2018 for that. Second, it is to my knowledge the first mainstream Afrofuturist film, which is a genre I find incredibly fascinating. Third, and please don’t think I’m ranking these elements, it’s a new film from the incredibly-talented-at-an-infuriatingly-young-age Ryan Coogler. This jerk made Fruitvale Station when he was in his twenties. That’s just not right. I’d bear him ill will for Orson Welles-ing so hard, if it weren’t for the fact that the guy is from the city I live in, Oakland, California. He’s a local guy made good, and I absolutely love it.

In that spirit, the Lewton Bus crew is dedicating this week to Black Panther and other movies about heroes (super or otherwise) of color. So, even if you’re not into the superhero genre, go see Black PantherIt’s gonna set the box office on fire no doubt, but it deserves your support anyway. Merits of the movie itself aside, it’s important. Then come here and talk T’Challa with us.

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  • Public Mistake

    Even the soundtrack produced by Kendrick Lamar feels awesome and massive.

    We’re not ready.

  • Lilgreenman

    I’m tired of all this equivocating going on (not here, just in general) about the specific category in which the movie breaks ground.

    The long and short of it is “No movie this big has ever been this black, and no movie this black has ever been this big.” Just say that.

  • Black Panther was one of my early favorites, right next to Batman and Captain America. I can’t wait.

    There’s an hour left on my poll for which version of Black Panther you prefer, so… make your voice be heard:

    • Lilgreenman

      It’s tough. The high collar is so integral to bring across that this is a kingly mantle, but the silhouette and style of the suit in motion just looks a lot cleaner, feels a lot more nimble, without the cape.

      • That’s my thoughts too. If I had to pick a cape, I’d probably say short, but I’d just rather not have one at all

  • YayMayorBee

    I’m definitely going to go Thursday night. Fingers crossed for a raucous crowd.

  • Jason Lasica

    I’ve only read a bit of the Ta-Nehisi Coates from the last couple years, so I’ll be digging that out this week and I’ve got a friend in town this weekend flying in from Oakland, CA just to visit and hang out (and mostly to see this with me Friday night), so I’m here for all of this.

    • Andrew Clark

      I plan on catching up on his run via Marvel Unlimited, myself.

    • Check out Black Panther and the Crew, too, if you get the chance. It’s only 6 issues

  • Andrew Clark

    So excited!