Black Panther is the perfect symbol of Black Future Month and Afrofuturism in a number of ways. While, yes, it was originally created by well-meaning Westerners, it has been adopted by Blacks as an aspirational, modern representation of us. It is a way for us to shed the trappings of European influence and build a superior society embracing African culture. Wakanda allows us to envision what might have been, or might even still be. It is a future for us in a way that Star Wars and Star Trek, for their efforts, simply are not and cannot be. It is OUR science Fantasy.
This in all was a classic high school film, with references to the 80s films from the marketing to a recreation of an iconic scene from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
They correctly gave the feeling of what it was like in high school, the characters were engaging and the villain was memorable.