‘Black Panther’ and the Politics of Afrofuturism

/10 Mar 2018

Marvel’s latest blockbuster, Black Panther, opened in theaters last week and is already being called the most radical superhero movie yet. The movie explores the character of T’challa, the Black Panther, King of the fictional East-African country of Wakanda, the most technologically advanced nation in the Marvel universe. The movie is a shift away from traditional depictions of the continent of Africa which focus almost exclusively on poverty and war, exploring rather a perspective in which Africa is on the other side of the development paradigm – so advanced it sees globalization as a threat.

The movie is heavily linked to the theory of Afrofuturism, which is a theory that challenges traditional representations of the future…

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