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"Black Panther" Movie Costume and Scripts Are Being Added to the Smithsonian

Black Panther (2018) T'Challa / Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman)
Several items from the making of the "Black Panther" movie are being acquired by the Smithsonian as part of their historical culture exhibit.

The National Museum of African American has announced that several items from Marvel's Black Panther (2018) have been acquired for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Here are the items included
  • The Black Panther "hero" costume worn by Chadwick Boseman
  • A shooting script signed by Ryan Coogler (co-writer; director), Kevin Feige (producer, president of Marvel Studios), Nate Moore (executive producer) and Joe Robert Cole (co-writer; producer)
  • Two pages of the spec script
  • 24 high-resolution production photographs
In explaining why the items are considered historical they gave the following statements:
"Black Panther is the first superhero of African descent to appear in mainstream American comics, and the film itself is the first major cinematic production based on the character. Black Panther illustrates the progression of blacks in film, an industry that in the past has overlooked blacks, or regulated them to flat, one-dimensional and marginalized figures. The film, like the museum, provides a fuller story of black culture and identity.
"The origin story of the Black Panther character started in the late 1960s, during the height of the civil rights movement – a critical period in American history and an era that the museum explores in many of its exhibitions."

When the museum’s Earl W. & Amanda Stafford Center for African American Media Arts (CAAMA) hosted a public screening of the film at the museum in February the objects were attained. 

The CAAMA will host its inaugural Smithsonian African American Film Festival (SAAFF) on October 24-27 and they will be on display then.

It's amazing to see the impact that a superhero movie can have on culture and it's great to see it recognized by historians.

About Black Panther (2018)

Official synopsis: "After the events of Marvel's Captain America: Civil War, King T'Challa returns home to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country's new leader. However, T'Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from factions within his own country. When two foes conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must team up with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje, Wakanadan special forces, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war"
Directed by Ryan Coogler
Cinematography by Rachel Morrison
Production Design by Hannah Beachler
"Black Panther" stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis
"Black Panther" was released on February 16, 2018 (United States)

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What do you think of the museum exhibit? Are you planning to go?

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