One of the reasons I don’t do more pop culture stuff — aside from the big one, which is that I just don’t watch much of it — is that what I have to say seems obvious, and what’s the point of that? If that’s the case, let me know — Rotten Chestnuts has 9 readers; we can’t afford to chase any of them off by insulting their intelligence. If not, though, here’s another post on a movie I haven’t seen and don’t intend to.
Movies take a long time to make. Hollywood has lots of experience, and there’s no creativity anymore, but still — even the most by-the-numbers superhero flick is in the pipeline for a few years. According to Wikipedia, for instance, the Black Panther movie has been in the chute since 1992, when it was a Wesley Snipes vanity project. The version that actually hit the big screen was announced in 2005, the script was commissioned at the start of 2011, and the two guys who wrote the filming script came on board in 2015.
I don’t think I need to remind the Nine Regular Readers what was going on in America back then, but for the peanut gallery: By 2011, the oceans had stopped rising and the planet had healed. The Lightworker, President Sort-of-God, had a term under His belt and was getting ready to cruise to reelection, in fulfillment of the scriptures. By 2015, Utopia had been built; it was only a matter of handing the keys of heaven over to The Anointed One’s chosen successor:
Here’s Wiki again, describing Black Panther’s plot:
Centuries ago, five African tribes war over a meteorite of the alien metal vibranium. A warrior ingests a “heart-shaped herb” affected by the metal and gains superhuman abilities. He becomes the first “Black Panther” and unites the tribes to form the nation of Wakanda, though the Jabari Tribe choose not to follow. The Wakandans use the vibranium to develop highly-advanced technology and isolate themselves from the rest of the world by posing as a Third World country.
In 1992, while on an undercover assignment in Oakland, California, Prince N’Jobu became convinced that Wakanda’s isolationist policies had done more harm than good, and vowed to share its technology with people of African descent around the world in order to help them conquer their oppressors.
In other words, Black Panther is a victory lap. Had History unfolded the way the scriptures foretold, the oppressed peoples of the earth would right now be throwing off the shackles of their oppressor, aided by the advanced technology they’ve always had. After all, we wuz kingz! By the time it was revealed that Her time had not yet come, it was too late to change the script (it was set to shoot in early 2017).
So no, Black Panther is not globalist diversoid agitprop (or, at least, not any more so than any other Hollywood production). The version where he defeats the evil rayciss billionaire head of state is being written now; the sequel probably starts shooting in 2019.