Two distinctly important things happened during my first viewing of Marvel’s record-breaking blockbuster, Captain America: Civil War. First, Civil War—part Jason Bourne thriller, part superhero movie finery—didn’t just live up to the hype, it annihilated it. Second, I may have gone in a shield-carrying member of Team Cap, but I left purring for Black Panther.
Chadwick Bosemen’s King T’Challa is an unwavering scene-stealer and grounds Civil War with a clear-headed intensity while rocking the dopest costume in the Marvel Universe.
Though the stand-alone Black Panther feature film won’t hit theaters until early 2018, fans are already clamoring it. Brilliant Creed director Ryan Coogler will direct with Boseman continuing on as T’Challa, Prince and eventual King of Wakanda. Sources also report that Oscar winner, Tony nominee and goddess Lupita Nyong’o is in talks to star as a possibly love interest AND Creed star, and Ryan Coogler muse, Michael B. Jordan, will also be joining Black Panther as a probable villain.
Coming on the heels of #OscarsSoWhite, the travesty of Zoe Saldana's Nina Simone biopic, Nina, Nicole Beharie’s Abbie Mills unceremonious death on Fox’s now renewed Sleepy Hollow and a rash of people of color being killed or fired for the sake of ratings on other television shows like the CW’s The 100, Fox's Empire and ABC’s Castle, Panther feels like an embarrassment of black riches. Not only is this the inclusive representation moviegoers are clamoring for and Hollywood desperately needs, Marvel has wisely procured black talent in front of and behind the camera.
After the news of Jordan's casting broke on Friday, Black Twitter celebrated in usual and sublime fashion with tens thousands of tweets in the #BlackPantherSoLit hashtag, which was trending in mere hours. It even caught the attention of director and friend of Coogler, Ava DuVernay. The tweets are hilarious and more importantly, joyful.
#BlackPantherSoLit was created by the Twitter user @ChadwickNChill, who created the whose Twitter account sheds light on Chadwick Boseman’s talents and highlights black excellence. “We are black, we are full of vitality, we are beautiful, we are supremely intelligent, innovative [and] creative.”
Check out the best #BlackPantherSoLit tweets, and add a few of your own.
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