Date of Award
Communication, Media, and Theatre
Nancy McVittie, Ph.D.
Disney/Marvel’s Black Panther (Coogler, 2018) is touted as a cultural phenomenon for its predominately Black cast and crew and its portrayal of Blackness and Africa in progressive and noble ways. However, Black Panther’s demonstration of the tenets of Alice Walker’s Womanism bears deeper examination. The superhero movie Black Panther is relevant culturally and scholarly, not only because it broke domestic and international box office records, nor because a predominately Black cast and crew led these achievements, but because these firsts are achieved through a film driven by strong themes of Womanism.
Watson, Daphne M., "Beyond Representation: Disney/Marvel's "Black Panther" as a Womanist Text" (2021). University Honors Program Senior Projects. 23.