The stars were out in numbers for the latest Marvel blockbuster, as they, like their fans wore traditional African attire to the European premiere of ‘Black Panther,’ as major A-listers including; Hollywood star John Boyega, singer Leona Lewis, grime mega-star Stormzy graced the black carpet at London’s Eventim Apollo.
‘Black Panther’ is Marvel’s first film with a cast of all-Black superheroes with the film’s actors and fans collectively being vocal about how its release exemplifies a positive portrayal of Blackness and Africa. One of its stars, Lupita Nyong’o spoke of the gruelling boot camp she had to undertake to get in shape for the role. British Oscar nominee Daniel Kaluuya said: “The film turns Western colonialism on its head.”
The highly-anticipated Marvel film doesn’t hit cinemas until Feb. 13, but it’s already broken a huge record: within the first 24 hours of presales going live, it was revealed that it is already the bestselling Marvel Cinematic Universe movie in advance ticket sales, surpassing ‘Captain America: Civil War.’
Later this month Marvel Studios will be presenting an event at New York Fashion week called ‘Black Panther: Welcome to Wakanda’ to show off clothes inspired by the new superhero movie.