Marvel’s Black Panther was without a doubt one of the most anticipated Marvel movies to date. In fact, based on ticket pre-sales alone, it was projected to be one of the most successful superhero movies to come out thus far. With the recent release of the full soundtrack and a plethora of trailers hitting social media, fans went into theaters fully amped to take in this spectacle.
As audiences gush over another successful release from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, many people have also used this opportunity to bring awareness back to the Black Panther Party.
Originally founded in October 1966 by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale, the Black Panther Party (BPP), also known as the Black Panthers, was created to challenge police brutality against the African American community. Dressed in all black, the members took an active, and sometimes violent, role in fighting against any injustices that they witnessed. At the height of their success, the party had approximately 2,000 members to their name. Many notable people were members of the Black Panthers including Afeni Shakur, mother of well-known rapper Tupac.
However, due to the nature of their work and constant opposition with the FBI, the organization slowly started to decline. In 1989 the New Black Panther Party was founded, but any connection to the original party is denied.
Despite the many coincidences connecting the two, what many people don’t actually know is that Marvel’s Black Panther is not based on the BPP. In fact, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby brought their creation to life in July 1966, a couple of months before the creation of the party in October.
All else set aside, Marvel’s new release has audiences raving and will likely be bringing in fans for a couple weeks to come. It’ll be exciting to see what the final numbers at the box office will be after so much hype. It’s all a climb to Infinity Wars now…