Captain America Latest Movie Introduces African Superhero: Personally, I believe that Captain America is annoying and overrated but after I heard the movie’s present-day action opens in Nigeria with Captain America (Chris Evans) and his team of Avengers fighting bad guys in the sea of a busy Lagos market… I had to look twice. Captain America? Danfo bus? Lagos Lookers?
The latest in the Marvel franchise, which some are saying is the best yet, Captain America also marks the official cinematic debut of the first African superhero in the Marvel universe: Black Panther, aka T’Challa, king and protector of the fictional African nation known as Wakanda.
I bet comic book fans across Africa and the Diaspora were screaming their eyes out! #CaptainAmericaInNigeria trended for hours as Nigerians on Twitter shared memes about what it would be like to have superheroes roam the streets of Lagos.
Black Panther played by Chadwick Boseman is a strong character with no sort of caricatures or African exaggerations. His debut is further confirmation that they’re in the right place at the right time. “There is now an increase in awareness in the need for diversity and inclusion in all spheres of life,” Comic Republic team Nigeria tells Okayafrica. “It is a great delight that Black Panther and T’Challa specifically were portrayed in a positive light. It was a beauty to behold.”
I agree! It was good to see that they didn’t belittle us as Nigerians. Black Panther was a strong character with no sort of caricatures or African exaggerations.
Although the opening scenes is set in a market in Nigeria’s main city of Lagos, it was reportedly filmed on a set in Atlanta in the US. Some Nigerians were not happy about that and some felt that even with some super assistance, Captain America would not prevail in Nigeria because of the corruption. Very ironic because this movie grapples with governmental control, overextended police powers and bloated bureaucracies that protect their members from any personal accountability when things go wrong.
Thank God this is not Captain America’s last African adventure. The new film sees the introduction of African king T’Challa, who will go on to be the Black Panther, the first black superhero in the Marvel coterie. T’Challa, with his superhuman strength and intellect, presides over the fictional, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda. The Black Panther film is scheduled for release in 2018.