Fort Wayne Marvel fans talk Black Panther impact

The superhero movie explores what it means to be black by telling the story of an African hero.

Posted: Feb. 16, 2018 10:19 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)-The superhero movie explores what it means to be black by telling the story of an African hero.

"I'm a big Marvel fan and I always loved watching marvel movies all my life. I grew up as a kid reading the comments," said fan Marcus Reeder.

For many movie goers, it's nice to see a major blockbuster film co-written and directed by a black man, and featuring predominately black cast.

"I think it's pretty unique," said Reeder.

"In today's society we don't see many black superheroes so it's going to be fun, " said fan Christian.

Alisa Thompson, Assistant Director of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at IPFW says it's important to see more diversity in movies and media.

"It's nice to see somebody that looks like you on the screen. We have that but it's just so far, few and in-between."

Thompson also says representation in general is crucial.

"You want to have someone that looks like you, and can understand you, and the way you grew up, you know the types of hair care products you want to use, the types of food you may want to have, the same concerns. It's important to have everyone represented."

Many Marvel fans tell WFFT they're excited to see a good action-packed movie and think it's great that films are starting to be more inclusive.

"I've always loved black panther and to have the African American community in this, I think it's awesome! I think it's going to be a good one," said Reeder.

Disney estimates that the movie earned 25.2 million dollars from it's Thursday screenings.

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