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Perhaps alone in the Marvel Universe, Black Panther is taken seriously as a political statement, both in the content of its stories and in how the films are produced. Wakanda purports to present an alternate historical condition of Africa had it not been colonized.
Mark, Lawrence Ware, Anthony LeBlanc, and Viola Burlew discuss the comics and films, getting into the political ideas, the social function, the heroic character, and the unique challenge of making the film when the main actor has died.
For more information, we recommend The History of Marvel Comics: Black Panther and Wakanda Forever: The Official Black Panther Podcast.
Other resources we consulted include:
- “The Passionate Politics of Black Panther” by Richard Brody
- “Black Panther is great. But let’s not treat it as an act of resistance” by Khanya Mtshali
- “Black Panther Is Not the Film We Deserve” by Christopher Lebron
- “Marvel: Ranking Black Panther’s Rogues Gallery” by De’Angelo Epps
- “Black Panther Reading Order, The King of Wakanda” from Comic Book Treasury
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