Black Panther; Setting New Standards:
Black Panther, they hype is real about this movie and so far, it would seem people’s expectations are being met. This movie has set box office records in the cinema’s world wide. It is filled to the brim with talented actors like Forest Whitaker, Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis, but it is filled to the brim with amazing african/black actors, giving stella performances. This might, as many are talking about, be showing a real change in Hollywood and how it views black actors.
But the man who reportedly steals the show is Michael B. Jordan, as one of the movies villains. Not is his performance stellar, you are hanging by the edge of your seat whenever he is on the screen. But for body-art lovers and people that care about the rights of people with body-art, his character might mean even more. The villain he portrays “Killmonger”, is riddled in traditional African scarification.
Yes indeed, yet again Marvel and indeed Disney, have displayed body-art in one of their movies. Something which we also see in DC movies and many others, that are upcoming in the future. But so far we have yet to see anything like this. It is the most tribal and true to its cultural roots display of body-art, since the animated movie Moana. Not only that, but it is also a more heavily stigmatized kind of body-art, scarification.
We are not saying the movie needed to do this to be a success. But to us here at MediaZink, this choice for the movie’s villain and how it displays the culture that inspires it, makes us love the movie even more. Please go see this awesome movie, if you haven’t already.