“Black Panther” movie exceeds expectations

Chadwick Boseman in "Black Panther." Photo by Marvel/Disney/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock (9360960bx)

Black Panter has reportedly broken box-office records and far-exceeding expectations.

In the United States, the movie went on to generate more than $200 million.

The movie is the first Marvel production to be directed by a black filmmaker.

The movie, first Marvel production directed by a black filmmaker, Ryan Coogler, has also become the top-grossing film in history by a black director, out-grossing Straight Outta Compton which generated $214 million.

Many see this as evidence of the changing film industry in Hollywood which has always been dominated by white people and which many considered exploitative and under-representative towards black talent and actors.

Black Panther is not the first movie to feature a superhero of color as there have been many since the 1990’s, however, the titular character played by Chadwick Boseman is the first black protagonist to land his own film at the MCU.

The cast of the movie is largely black and many analysts feel that it will do for racial diversity what last year’s release of wonder women did. “[This movie’s] universal themes will allow it to become a worldwide phenomenon while at the same time representing a really important moment in film, breaking down barriers and outmoded ideas about what is commercially viable,” said Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst for comScore.d for women.