The Avengers Movie Needed The Black Panther

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Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the United States Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke is mad that there were no black super heroes in The Avengers movie.

Over the weekend, I finally took my son to watch the Avengers. It was definitely a block buster, but where the heck was the Black Panther? All the super heroes were white. You had Thor, the blonde, blue eyed Norse god; the Incredible Hulk, the smart white scientist turned raging monster; Iron Man, the handsome slick alien-busting version of Bill Gates; and Captain America, the hill billy super soldier.

Samuel L. Jackson's character Nick Fury doesn't count. He was just playing the role of the figurehead, he didn't have any super powers, and in the comic books Fury is white. Jackson was more like President Obama calling in Seal Team Six to take out Osama Bin Ladin. He gave the orders, but he didn't do the job.

Instead, the biggest blockbuster of the summer sent out a subliminal message that Latinos and Blacks can't be counted on to save the world. Heck, the producers couldn't even squeeze a little screen time for Don Cheadle to play Iron Man's sidekick, War Machine. That makes me very upset.

The movie should have included the Black Panther, who was the first black hero in modern day comic books when he made his debut fighting alongside the Fantastic Four in 1966. According to his origin, the Black Panther's real identity is T'Challa, the chief of the Panther tribe from the fictional African nation of Wakanda. He had to earn his title by fighting other champions from the tribe and his job was to protect his country from exploitation. He has genius level intellect and his senses and physical attributes have been enhanced to near-superhuman levels.

The Black Panther joined the Avengers in 1968. Eight years later, he starred in his own comic book, in which he took out the Ku Klux Klan in Georgia. And he could charm the ladies too. His first girlfriend was Storm, the mutant leader of the X-Men.

So why can't Hollywood bring him to the big screen? The only black actor who gets to dress up in tights these days is Tyler Perry - and he is not making super hero movies.

I really hope the Black Panther makes it into the Avengers sequel because my son deserves a super hero that looks like him.

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Conan_Drum
Conan_Drum

I honestly agree with Luke. I can see how some of his comments could be seen as offensive, but I feel that I agree with his basic sentiment which is there needs to be more ethnic diversity on the team. Truthfully, I wouldn't mind seeing more inclusion across the spectrum of ethnicity. There is nothing wrong with that. It's not racist to want to be represented. This might be hard for some to understand, but minorities want to be represented. Caucasians are already represented up the wazoo so they don't feel the sting of being left out. Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury was a great addition to the movie, but hes not an actual superhero so its not the same. If they did include a minority superhero like Black Panther, I'd want Marvel to make standalone movie about him first, though.  If it were up to me you'd see more ethnicity across the board; Latino, native american Indians, Middle Eastern (i.e. Islam, Israeli, North Asian (i.e. Chinese, Japanese, Korean, etc.) etc.Back in the days of the Super Friends and The Uncanny X-Men #1 they understood this, but since then we abandoned quest to promote diversity. Its times like these that I wish Milestone Comics didn't sell out to DC Comics. 

John
John

Luke a have a super hero for you a Black men with Puertorican Power his super hero name is My Father.

John
John

 Luke  I have a super hero  for you a Blackmen  with Puertorrican powers.my Father.  

ESP
ESP

Ohh Bullsh*t, White People just didn't want to promote the Black Panthers (as usual). F*** your movie!

Blacksupercriminal
Blacksupercriminal like.author.displayName 1 Like

"my son deserves a super hero that looks like him'    take him to see Planet of the apes...

Conan_Drum
Conan_Drum

Why, were you in it? No, you probably weren't, the apes in that movie actually had some class. 

xtraordinarygent34
xtraordinarygent34 like.author.displayName 1 Like

you better be black and thats a lowblow attacking his son.

Dan Miller
Dan Miller

Three things: Nick Fury is certainly a hero in this movie.  He defies authority to stand up for what's right.  He survives a helicopter crash like it's no big deal and shoots a bazooka.  He's on the poster.  The fact that he was white in the comics (he isn't anymore) has no bearing on the character in the movie.  If his role leaves you feeling jilted, just remember that Sam Jackson took home way, way more money than Chris Hemsworth. The Avengers is now the third-biggest movie of all time, because Marvel spent time and money developing movies to introduce each character and give them the depth they deserve. To tack on a character solely because the movie needs more black people would be incredibly racist, disrespectful to the source material, and detrimental to the medium that Marvel is creating.  The right way to introduce The Black Panther into this universe is the same way they've introduced their other big heroes: with his own movie, supported by other Marvel releases.  T'Challa's story is a long one that is tied to its setting.  It deserves a full film that explores the character's origins, illustrates his values and motivations, and showcases that he can stand on his own as a superhero. Speaking of which, the Black Panther movie is going to happen.  Careful movie-watchers have known it would happen since we saw Wakanda on a map in Iron Man 2, and anyone who can do a Google search (like a columnist should, before he publishes an angry blog) knows that Marvel hired Mark Bailey over a year ago to develop a script.  In fact, we got solid info on the project today.  Here's a helpful link: http://www.firstshowing.net/2012/marvel-making-black-panther-movie-before-guardians-of-the-galaxy/ 

John David
John David

"I really hope the Black Panther makes it into the Avengers sequel because my son deserves a super hero that looks like him." Really?  Are all the other ones automatically racist because they're not black?  Hulk is green last time I checked and so what if Banner is white?  A Bruce Banner comic book would sell like hotcakes, right? I think you're still bitter over the police presence during hip-hop weekend!

HN
HN

Jersey Shores needed the Black Guido!

Sir Sausage
Sir Sausage

Luke, your stupidity never ceases to amaze me

AJ
AJ

  LOOK WHO'S THE RACIST NOW. CAPTAIN AMERICA THE HILL BILLY SUPER SOLDIER? WOW, WHAT IF A WHITE GUY SAID THAT ABOUT A BLACK HERO? IF YOU CAN'T SEE PAST COLOR AND DIDN'T NOTICE THAT HE WAS THE MORAL COMPASS OF THE  GROUP, I FEEL BAD FOR YOUR SON. YES, HE SHOULD BE LOOKING FOR A HERO .... BECAUSE IT SEEMS LIKE YOUR NOT CUT OUT FOR IT!

SCROB TV
SCROB TV

I don’t remember any Asian or Native American characters in the movie, not every ethnic group can have a main character in every movie and doesn’t have to otherwise we end up with Gap commercials. I don’t want a white Blade or Shaft either. The Jackson Fury seemed forced already and I really like Jackson in Pulp Fiction, 51st State etc.

caylee anthony
caylee anthony

Let's take it one step further - why didn't Nick Fury protect the attendees at Urban Beach Week from the police? That's the real question! 

Tttt
Tttt

Really, another "Super Hero" without any super powers ? Just like Black Widow & Hawkeye ? Ummmmm How about the InHumans ? Black Bolt & crew....then you gotta a hellofa fight.

Wow
Wow

Wow, Nick Fury, creator and originator of the Avenegers was played by the highest-grossing African-American actor of all-time. What more do you want? And I doubt your son saw racial color lines when Iron Man and Hulk were smashing during the Manhattan battle scene.

Schlechtjonathan
Schlechtjonathan

Dear Luke

The avengers didn't involve the black panther until later in the marvel comic book series the avengers the ones you saw on screen are the original team of the avengers. Nick fury plays are much bigger role in the universe then what the movie had . Yes need fury was white back in the day but when marvel came out with the ultimate avengers they changed fury to be black and he kinda looked like Samuel l Jackson that's why they casted him as Nick fury . They will probably introduce the black panther later but first marvel wants his very own movie . There are black superheros out there. Like blade, the falcon, war machine, the black panther, the patriot etc. There are a lot of black geriatria out there marvel just made spiderman black . Me myself am i a half white and half black man. I didn't see a problem at all . Or maybe because I know my comics Idk . Well i just wanted to say there are a lot of black geriatria out there maybe not in movie form but in the comics

Schlechtjonathan
Schlechtjonathan

There are a lot of black heroes out there I meant

Sorry spelling mistake

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

what about the  War Machine (James Rupert Rhodes)? or isaiah Bradley aka Captain America

That, my friends, is called hypocrisy. A black man can steal your stereo, but he can't be your Savior.

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