Fans have been waiting a long time to get a good look at Black Panther. His stand-alone movie might be a ways off, but T”Challa (Chadwick Boseman) is set appear in the upcoming “Captain America: Civil War.” As part of the media blitz, Entertainment Weekly put Black Panther on their cover this week, standing right between Steve and Tony.
It should be a sign of how important his character might be (or at least how much people are interested in him) but then the cover inexplicably undermines T”Challa by comparing him to the Real Housewives…what?
The King of Wakanda does not say “Meow.” He doesn”t behave in a catty manner. He certainly doesn”t have time for day-drinking and petty squabbles while a camera crew eggs on the drama. He is the leader of the most technologically advanced country in the world and his powers are based on that of the ancient gods.
As far as the “real world” goes, Black Panther was the first black mainstream superhero and will continue that legacy to become the first non-white hero to get his own film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The character will celebrate his 50th anniversary next year. Black Panther is an important figure in the history of comics. For his first magazine cover to be this?
Show some respect.
“Captain America: Civil War” arrives in theaters on May 6, 2016.