With all the buzz around #BlackPanther, it’s no surprise that our #SCHICKMan is Chadwick Boseman. After a decade of Marvel Universe films, the world finally has its first African superhero. This is an amazing moment for African-Americans and Hollywood. The cast is a murderers’ row of talent – in addition to Boseman, there’s Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and several actors of immediate African descent, including Star Wars’ Lupita Nyong’o (who grew up in Kenya), The Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira (who was raised in Zimbabwe) and Get Out’s Daniel Kaluuya (whose parents immigrated to England from Uganda). And it’s not just the first superhero movie with a predominantly black cast – it’s the first with a black director, black writers, black costume and production designers, and a black executive producer.
Boseman plays T’Challa, king of the fictional African nation of Wakanda – the richest and most technologically advanced civilization on Earth. He also moonlights as Black Panther, an Afro-futurist warrior with superhuman powers charged with protecting his people. Our SCHICK Man adds this to his row of firsts: He was Jackie Robinson, the first major league African-American baseball player, in the by-the-books drama 42, as well as Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court justice, in the dreary Marshall. We can’t wait to see what else lies in store for him.