‘Black Panther’ offers a regressive, neocolonial vision of Africa

Chadwick Boseman in “Black Panther.” (Marvel Studios/Disney via AP)

I finally went to see Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther,” the latest superhero action blockbuster from Marvel Studios. It is a fantastically well-made movie, set to be one of the highest grossing movies of all time, putting it in a league with the likes of Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park” and George Lucas’s “Star Wars.” Based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name from the fictional African state of Wakanda, the most technologically advanced nation in the world but which apparently prefers to hide its light under the bushel of Third World country status, it has been praised for its depiction of an Africa not defined by colonization or by its relationship with Europe. Wakanda does not pose as a…

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