'Black Panther' takes blockbusters to Africa, and the future

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Superhero movies have long needed this kind of representation in terms of men and women of color, and for black audiences, Black Panther will undoubtedly be as culturally significant in the way it addresses subjects of identity, race and gender as Wonder Woman was to female fans.

Sneaker retailer Jimmy Jazz has teamed up with Marvel Comics and New Balance to create a two-piece footwear collection together in honor of the upcoming Black Panther film.

Star Wars actor John Boyega and Stormzy arrived together, while Black Eyed Peas stars Taboo, Will.I.Am and Apl. De.

The Disney movie, opening worldwide next week, tells the story of T'Challa, the newly crowned king of the fictional, technologically advanced African nation Wakanda, who is challenged from factions within his own country.

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Available in U.S. stores in both softcover and hardcover editions (on-sale February 20, 2018), Titan's deluxe Black Panther: The Official Movie Special will allow fans to go behind the scenes of Marvel Studios' new action-packed epic. "An answer to a culture's question, 'When will it be our time in the sun?'"

Marvel has expressed a desire to base more productions in California, but filming incentive support is much more limited for movies shooting in cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco. Jordan's swaggering, menacing performance takes the weighty screenplay up a notch too, and in Boseman - who brings T'Challa's internal struggles to the forefront with compelling nuance - he has a terrific screen partner to play off of.

Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Martin Freeman and Andy Serki were also there.

It's when the action sequences become flashier - and thereby, more CGI-dependent - that Black Panther runs into a bit of trouble. There's also the odd subplot that could've been fleshed out a little more, most notably the relationship between Gurira's Okoye and Daniel Kaluuya's vengeful Border Tribe leader W'Kabi. Long may he reign.

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