*Black Panther’s vibranium suit and other items from the blockbuster film will soon be on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in our Nation’s Capital.
The museum acquired several objects from the record-breaking cultural staple, including the hero costume worn by actor Chadwick Boseman; a shooting script signed by Ryan Coogler (co-writer; director), Kevin Feige (producer, president of Marvel Studios), Nate Moore (executive producer) and Joe Robert Cole (co-writer; producer); two pages of spec script; and 24 high-resolution production photographs.
The acquired objects will be on display during the inaugural Smithsonian African American Film Festival (SAAFF) in October. Plans for permanent display of the objects are under consideration by the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
“Black Panther” is the first superhero of African descent to appear in mainstream American comics, and the film itself is the first major cinematic production based on the character. The movie illustrates the progression of blacks in film, an industry that in the past has overlooked filmmakers of African descent, or regulated them to flat, one-dimensional and marginalized figures. The film, like the museum, provides a fuller story of black culture and identity.
The origin story of the Black Panther character started in the late 1960s, during the height of the civil rights movement – a critical period in American history and an era that the museum explores in many of its exhibitions.