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What Marvel's 'Black Panther' Means to Afrofuturism

Marvel s Black Panther Isn t Just Another Black Superhero Code Switch NPR


Through Wakanda, Marvel toyed with and subverted stereotypical depictions of Africa as "wild" or "exotic." Instead, Wakanda was a futuristic African nation that had never been conquered or touched by colonialism.

Depictions of Wakanda have varied over the years, but the country is consistently described as a technological mecca built on a foundation of magic and metal. Disease and poverty are eclipsed by scientific innovation and economic prosperity. Put simply, Wakanda is the perfect example of Afrofuturistic science fiction.

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I find myself enthusiastic about the Black Panther movie.

Feels like something I have not seen before.

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