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Black Panther star says the movie has changed the film industry
Photo: © ANP

Black Panther star says the movie has changed the film industry

Black Panther star says the movie has changed the film industry
Photo: © ANP

Black Panther actor Winston Duke has credited the movie with changing the landscape of the film industry for the better.

Released in 2018, Black Panther was an enormous success both critically and commercially. As well as grossing $1.348 billion worldwide, it holds the honour of being the only 'superhero' movie ever nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

It featured a predominantly black cast, including Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong'o, Angela Bassett, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira and Duke.

Black Panther received praise for the positive portrayal of black people, and Duke believes it catalysed a positive change in Film and TV.

"It's only been four years and I would say that the landscape of film and TV looks and feels radically different at the moment," he said at the European premiere of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

"I think what's happened as a result of the 'Black Panther' effect is that it was very permissive. It gave everyone the chance to see what is possible when you centre people that aren't part of the mainstream lens.

"As a result you save movies like 'Crazy Rich Asians' and tons of other movies that took off like wildfire. That's the thing about equity, equity trickles upwards."

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever reviews

The sequel to Black Panther has not been released to mainstream audiences as of yet, but there are a lucky few who have seen the movie, and the reactions have been overwhelmingly positive.

Boseman's real-life death has been written into the plot, and it seems like the emotions from his loss are addressed in Wakanda Forever.

"Black Panther: #WakandaForever is as epic as Marvel sequels get. The story is hugely ambitious & thematically rewarding with gut-wrenching twists and turns throughout. You feel the length but it’s fun, wildly beautiful and has the best credits scene in Marvel history, no contest," - @GermainLussier of Gizmodo.

"#WakandaForever is fantastic! Coogler delivers a soulful, wondrous sequel that packs an emotional punch & effectively explores relevant world themes. A beautiful tribute to Boseman’s legacy. Letitia & Tenoch are great, & the mid-credits scene is really moving. #BlackPanther " - @FicoCangiano of CineXpress

"Black Panther Wakanda Forever makes it clear how precious Chadwick Boseman and T’Challa were to the MCU. Without him, the film sometimes yearns for a heartbeat. It finds it at just the right moments, and it’s exhilarating. I can’t wait to see it again. With the loss of Boseman, I think we forget how every Black Panther appearance in the franchise has centered on loss. But this film teaches us a whole new way to mourn. I think a lot of fans need this. Others may want more, and that’s understandable. More will come," - @eavoss of New Rockstars.

"Black Panther: #WakandaForever is Marvel's most poignant and powerful film to date. It's heavy and dark in the way that it needed to be, and mostly abandons the studio's trademark tone. The craft work levels up in every conceivable way, and the performances rise to the occasion." - @PickYourBrian of The Hollywood Reporter.

"Another reason I’m so impressed with #BlackPantherWakandaForever is #RyanCoogler had the impossible task of trying to make a sequel without #ChadwickBoseman & make it feel respectful but also keep the franchise going and he hit a home run. Going to be HUGE hit for @MarvelStudios" - @colliderfrosty of Collider

"No spoilers. Wakanda Forever had so many emotions!!! It was creepy and BRU-TAL in parts. Heartbreaking and beautiful. And the fight scenes were WILD. I’m in awe of the care put into representing these cultures." - @msdanifernandez

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