'Black Panther,' 'Blade,' and a brief history of Black superheroes

'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever' pays tribute to Chadwick Boseman as Angela Bassett takes center stage

Stars Insider

11/11/22 | StarsInsider


'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,' the long-awaited sequel to 2018's genre-changing superhero movie 'Black Panther,' has finally hit theaters. It's off to a roaring start at the box office and is receiving rave reviews from critics around the world. As the franchise moves forward following the loss Chadwick Boseman who played T'Challa, Angela Bassett has emerged as the standout. Her performance as Ramonda, the Queen Mother of Wakanda mourning the death of her son, has been described as Oscar-worthy. The Hollywood Reporter speculates that Bassett might be the first actor to be nominated for a Marvel movie. 

Black Panther is known as the first Black superhero, followed by Luke Cage and Blade. Though it might not always seem like it, the enduring popularity of a character like Blade helped pave the way for more multiethnic characters in the world of comics, and even helped cement the current popularity of Black Panther.

Click on for a brief history of Black superheroes and their significance in broader pop culture.

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