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Critics Slam Marvel Comics For New Black Panther Movie Poster, Claim It’s ‘Too Black And Militant’

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Critics Slam Marvel Comics For New Black Panther Movie Poster, Claim It’s ‘Too Black And Militant’

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.

Now, the poster has been released, and critics are claiming the new poster resembles Social Activist and Co-Founder of The Panther Party, Huey P. Newton, who was seen as ‘too militant’ in the 1960’s.

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.

Revealed: Marvel released teaser poster for Black Panther on Friday featuring Chadwick Boseman, 40, in superhero garb sitting on throneBut it bears uncanny resemblance to an iconic photo of Huey P. Newton, who co-founded the Black Panther party in 1966

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.’

 


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.

The poster and teaser trailer were released on Friday to much fanfare before Atlantic writer Vann R Newkirk II and ESPN editor Rhiannon Walker‏ pointed out the apparent homage

 


Black Panther is set to release in theaters February 16, 2018.

 

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