The highly-anticipated trailer for Marvel’s upcoming film Black Panther was released last week —
which features Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett and more.
The film follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.
Directly after the poster and trailer was released online — criticism and backlash begin to appear on social media. Many critics claim the new poster resembles Activist and Co-Founder of The Black Panther Party, Huey P. Newton, who was labeled as being ‘too militant’ during the 1960’s. Critics believe Marvel’s Black Panther poster is similar to the legendary picture of Huey P. Newton, where he poses seated in a chair holding a gun and spear. Even though in the Black Panther poster, Boseman is not posing with any weapons, many critics are saying that chair and pose are similar.
The Movie Poster is an illustration paying homage to Black Panther founder, Huey Newton. pic.twitter.com/SkpO5eLOzO
— Nicholas Malone (@ngmalone10) June 10, 2017
White people after they watch the Black Panther trailer pic.twitter.com/tL18W04d3a
— Blac Chynese (@sadgalamzz) June 10, 2017
27) The Black Panther Party are known as a militant group who stood up to police brutality but did you know that they also fed the poor ? pic.twitter.com/jBYYWXxD31
— Jason Andrew Hale🌻 (@EchoesFromAbove) February 9, 2017
White critics: “Black Panther is too angry and militant!!!!”
— Mrs. Brown (@JoiedeVar) June 12, 2017
When you finally see the new Black Panther trailer and there are no white people in Wakanda. pic.twitter.com/Vg05rzPCBN
— Black Aziz Ansari 👏 (@Freeyourmindkid) June 11, 2017
Black Panther is set for a February 16, 2018 release.