6. Not the First Black Superhero Film
Black Panther isn’t the first Black superhero to appear on the big screen. He’s not even Marvel’s first Black superhero to have his own film. That would be Blade, the half-vampire vigilante played by Wesley Snipes who hunts down his vampire foes across three films. There are also a handful of Black superheroes in the MCU, including Falcon (Anthony Mackie), War Machine (Don Cheadle) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).
But there are a few other Black superhero films, and some of them are playing at a BAMcinématek series in Brooklyn called “Fight the Power: Black Superheroes on Film.” BAM is taking a broad approach to the word “superhero” (the series includes Blaxploitation films like Shaft and even cult classic horror film Candyman), but the series does includes more conventional superhero films like Spawn, and, uh, Catwoman. The Shaquille O’Neal DC vehicle Steel, however, did not make the cut.
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