First-term Florida 10th District Rep Val Demmings may now be a bigger hero than all of The Avengers combined – at least to The Congressional Black Caucus. The 47-year-old legislative body is the leading policy conference on issues impacting African Americans and the global black community. Thought leaders, legislators and concerned citizens engage on economic development, civil and social justice, public health and education issues during the annual conference.
But Demmings called upon her superpower – connections. The representative used her relationship with Disney to put together a panel called “Imagining a Bigger World— Marvel’s Black Panther, Cultural Heritage and STEM.” Here, director Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed) premiered five minutes of exclusive footage from the upcoming Black Panther movie. All this according to a new story in The Root.
While some of the footage had been screened at Comic Con earlier this year, this panel marked the first time that the film’s footage had been seen by a majority black audience and it was a hit for those in attendance. Marvel’s MCU account retweeted Jason Johnson’s reaction to seeing the 5 minute footage along with 150 other attendees.
New action scenes from #BlackPanther are being described as a combination of "Creed" and "Kingsman!"
— MCU News & Tweets (@MCU_Tweets) September 26, 2017
Following the footage was an inspired conversation that ranged from Vibranium to the cultural impact of the film by a panel that was led by Jay Harris of ESPN and featured Coogler actress Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead) Belinda Frazier, head of diversity and outreach at Disney. When asked about putting the exciting panel together, Demmings simply smiled and said,
“They can’t say yes if you don’t ask.”
With the Russo’s Avengers: Infinity Wars, Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man and The Wasp and Black Panther in 2018, it’s pretty safe to say that 2018 will be another banner year for the MCU. Hopefully we will get a new Black Panther trailer when Thor: Raganarok is released. For a full description of the footage, click here.
Directed by Ryan Coogler, Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Sterling K. Brown, Andy Serkis and John Kan.
Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.
Black Panther hits theaters on February 16, 2018. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for any updates and news.
Source: The Root
7 Reasons To Be Excited For ‘Black Panther’
Black Panther is coming back, and trust me when I say his movie will be worth seeing.
I know it’s hard to get excited when there are so many superhero movies coming out every year, but Black Panther is a character that deserves a shot on the big screen. Not only was he the first black superhero, he naturally serves as an extension to the rest of the MCU. Finally we’re not focusing on someone from New York City, T’Challa was born and raised in Wakanda, a whole different jungle compared to NYC.
Black Panther is as smart as Mr. Fantastic and as fierce a fighter as Batman. Unlike most of the marvel characters who are defined by one trait, Iron Man as dependent on tech or Cap as overly patriotic, Black Panther is a multi-faceted character.
I almost gave this list 8 reasons just because I’m excited to see what Stan Lee’s cameo is gonna be. Fingers crossed for a stereotypical tourist on safari.
Hit Next to learn the seven reasons you should be excited to see Black Panther on the big screen!