I don’t think some of y’all understand how important having Black Panther in Civil War is to some people. When my father was growing up, Black Panther was the ONLY Black superhero he knew. My dad would run around pretending to be him. He was heartbroken when the Avengers went to Wakanda in Age of Ultron but made no mention of his favorite superhero. I got to listen to a 50 year old man talk excitedly about Black Panther being in the movie (which he hasn’t had time to see yet. He was just so excited after some of the teaser trailers) and telling me all the little tidbits about how “He is the Prince of a NATION!! He’s a DIPLOMAT!! He’s rich, he’s powerful, he is smart, he’s just so AWESOME! I wanted to BE him!!!” If a 50-year-old man can find one of the few Black superheroes relatable and still be this excited and pumped about seeing him, imagine a young Black boy who is just tired of seeing White superheroes or Black heroes in sidekick roles.
Representation. It’s some powerful shit.