Let's get right down to it.
First of all I loved Black Panther a lot. Every part from beginning to the end. I want to go to Wakanda. I'm loving the reviews and posts. People, especially blacks are really into this and are united about their culture being on the big screen in a positive matter. I will cover that in depth on www.imjustdrew.com.
But let's clear something up really fast: Black Panther was NOT the first African American comic book hero. He wasn't even the first to receive a major motion picture nod.
It's an honest mistake if you don't keep up with comics or comic book movies. But here's some knowledge for you. I saw a reel that BET posted (yeah BET did good there) with 27 different comic book heroes of color. I will highlight 10 of them.
How anyone until 25 forgets this boggles my mind. He had a trilogy in the early 2000s and another set of movies coming out soon. It was an action packed movie filled with vampires that captured folks imaginations and was awesome.
Storm was really bad in the X-Men movies. I honestly thought given that Halle Berry played the role, she would get her own movie. I am not mad that she didn't, but she certainly shouldn't be forgotten.
3. Luke Cage (Power Man)
He was a Netflix sensation in 2016, and simply powerful. I'm hoping Netflix does a season 2, or even better a movie. Cage was so powerful and engaging that I believe it would be perfect on the big screen.
4. Men In Black.
Yeah Will Smith is on this list twice as a comic book hero. He had the powers and he is typecast at saving humankind. I didn't realize it was a comic, but Men In Black grossed enough money and powered through pop culture enough to make people proud and engaged.
Yep Will Smith again. This movie didn't age well. But at the time, everyone wanted to see it. Comic book movies have only recently gained more popularity. But if you go back and watch, many like Spawn are still impressive.
6. Static Shock
This is a throwback but worth checking out. Perhaps now BP's popularity will bring this character to the big screen as well as #7.
When I first saw the Justice League, I noticed him and I flashed back to my childhood. Cyborg, if marketed properly, can also be an excellent, groundbreaking movie. Don't be surprised if DC isn't already planning this movie.
8. Black Lightning.
He already has a popular new series on the CW and could be apart of the cinema movement as well.
9. Meteor Man
Very underrated movie by the great Robert Townsend that may have been poorly timed but certainly remembered.
Many of these will have to be researched in detail to fully appreciate them. But trust me Venom is that character that deserves to be recognized as well.
There you have it, this is my 10. Continue to enjoy Black Panther and all that surrounds it. Just don't make the mistake of omitting the characters and movies that helped make it a resounding success.