Just 24 hours after the release of the teaser trailer of Marvel’s new film, Black Panther, and the backlash has already started.
The powerful trailer featured actor Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, and Angela Bassett.
The poster shows Boseman sitting in a chair with his hands out to his sides. It gives off a vibe from a Huey P. photo taken back in the 60’s.
But some comic book ‘fans’ were not feeling it, and shared their grievances.
@JAY_BZA wrote: ‘Y’all think Disney would want to associate with Huey P Newton who is holding a gun and a spear? LMAOOOOOOO’
‘Is this even appropriate?” said one user.
Another user wrote: ‘I’m 200% positive Huey Newton wasn’t on anyone’s mind when that Black Panther poster was made.’
White people after they watch the Black Panther trailer pic.twitter.com/tL18W04d3a
— Blac Chynese (@sadgalamzz) June 10, 2017
Marvel’s Black Panther poster look like it’s paying homage to Huey P Newton. pic.twitter.com/2uW5j4wtHT
— Advise Media Network (@AdviseShowMedia) June 10, 2017
I’m really surprised that so many people don’t see the Huey P Newton parallel in the Panther poster?
— moe (they/them) (@moepriester) June 10, 2017
Also appears that FBI is monitoring New Panther Party and Huey P. Newton Gun Club. https://t.co/CvViHUATRM
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) May 3, 2017
Research huey p newton or the Black panther party In general, and you’ll see nothing but how they were violent, bad, etc
— cub (@Heirdana) April 6, 2017
Although the character is clearly not holding any weapons, some think this is another case of art being misconstrued to start controversy.
Some movie fans, however, did give it positive feedback, including celebrities, calling it ‘brilliant,’ even if Marvel’s intent was to recreate the powerful Huey photo.
— Laura (@lsirikul) June 9, 2017
Black Panther is set to release in theaters February 16, 2018.