– by Joseph Jammer Medina

It’s been said a million times over, but Black Panther marks a huge milestone in Hollywood. Not only is it the biggest movie to be led by a non-white superhero, but it hopefully marks the first in many to be as such in the future.

Given the age we live in, political correctness is a term that gets thrown around left and right, and Black Panther is not immune, and I get it. It’s easy to roll one’s eyes at the idea of “pushing” diversity onto our superheroes, but at the end of the day, it’s worth taking a look at it from a different perspective.

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Speaking with Vulture, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige express the importance of having more diverse superheroes in their films:

“It’s something that’s easy to take for granted, growing up in the United States as a white male, that my cinematic heroes look like me. I never thought they looked exactly like me, because I’m not a big athletic hero, but they do. It’s something that over the course of these ten years, having a certain amount of power over what type of movies are made and what type of actors we hire, I want everybody to have that feeling. We don’t take it for granted that people want to see themselves reflected in our heroes and our characters. That’s been the case in the comics for years, and, finally, that’s the case in the movies, and will only continue from here.”

Admittedly, diversity isn’t really something I cared too much about growing up. In my eyes, it was more important that Hollywood pick the best person for the role, rather than try to shoehorn diversity into it. But it wasn’t until I spent a short time in the business that it became clear just how much the default is white. I’m not saying hiring white actors is bad, by any means, but rather how easy it is to revert to the status quo.

It’s because of this that it’s important for us to applaud projects like Black Panther. Applaud it for trying to widen the range of the types of people on screen, and applaud it for laying the foundation for other films that will help other kids to see themselves on the big screen.

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SOURCE: Vulture

  • Curious Cat

    Y’all gon let the Black Git Comment first on this?😂😫😆. C’mo. Express your opinions about this article.

  • Victor Roa
  • Moby85

    It’s tough. I am white, so it’s easy to say the diversity in Black Panther means nothing to me when I grew up with superhero films that had predominantly white casts. That said, I was raised in an incredibly a-racial environment. Issues involving race or racism were never discussed at home or at school. My friends were diverse, including blacks, native american, and asians. But the issue of race just wasn’t a thing in the Canadian Pacific Northwest.

    Samuel L. Jackson, Denzel Washington, and especially Will Smith were both major Hollywood players as I grew up in the 90s and early 2000s and they were favorites of my entire family where my parents went out of their way to take us to their films or rent them (when that was a thing lol). We simply didn’t notice they were black, they were just good actors, and the issue of African-American leading actors wasn’t ever noted by us.

    That said, I can’t sit on a high horse. It certainly seems to be meaningful to the various minorities in the U.S. which now together make a majority in certain regions and cities. I also agree Black Panther is a great character and deserved a large budget and a well-written film. I admit those things and I guess what I’m saying is even though I don’t, and can’t, understand why this film is so meaningful just because of the colour of the skin of the cast. I am prepared to accept that it’s very important to many people for their very different upbringings.

    • SeanDon

      Yeah, I take a pass at this as well just cause I obviously can’t relate (white dude who grew up with 75% Whites and 25% Hispanic. End of the day I just want a good movie, with a good character whatever their skin is. To your point there were certainly some heroes of color (Will Smith being the big action star from my era), but they were definitely few and far between. I recognize the impact this probably has on the community and more diversity with quality characters is never a bad thing! But please, lets give these actors more movies like Black Panther over say some Tyler Perry nonsense.

  • Kindofabigdeal

    Ok, now for the brown people. As a Mexican I will settle for White Tiger. Make it happen Feige. I wanted to feel included too.
    JK, I always wanted to be Spiderman.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.