NMAAHC Acquires ‘Black Panther’ Objects From Film


Contributed by BreAnna Bell

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture has announced they have acquired objects from 2018’s smash hit Black Panther to display in this year’s African American Film Festival October 24-27.

The aforementioned objects acquired include black panther’s 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 spec script; and 24 high-resolution production photographs.

“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 NMAAHC said. “The film, like the museum, provides a fuller story of black culture and identity.”

The superhero’s origin story begins in the 1960’s, an era that the NMAAHC focuses on in many of their exhibits. Black Panther is the first superhero of African descent to be displayed in American mainstream comics, the film itself is the first major cinematic production based on the character.

When it first debuted, Black Panther broke records as people flooded theaters to see the superhero. Its $521 million in U.S. sales put it among the 10 highest-grossing releases domestically. The movie continued to break records as it earned more than $1 billion at theaters worldwide.

Related: ‘Black Panther’ Tops Weekend Box Office 5 Straight Times

The museum’s permanent display plans for the objects are still being considered.


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