By LANCE JOHNSON TOWER staff writer
The movie world has gone crazy in the last couple years with new super hero movies. Marvel has been setting up their movies behind an idea that their characters exist in their own narratives but thrive in a shared universe. Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and the Hulk are just a few of Disney’s mainstays. Though most of all them have their own standalone movie loaded with C.G.I excitement and secret endings galore, they are all headed for a clash with the ultimate bad guy, Thanos. Nevertheless, as they come out with more and more of these movies, more people have become obsessed with them, which has helped these franchises to generate enormous box office revenues; so there’s always something to be said for appealing to the masses.
Kids, teens, and adults alike love going to see them and discussing what they saw; sparking debates to what will happen in the next installment of a movie. Will Thor regain his lost hammer or will he receive a one? How will Bruce Banner deal with becoming the Hulk again? All questions that bring about discussions and debates between people of all ages. Even just retelling which part of the movie were their favorite part. Captain America dawning a new suit before heading into battle might be someone’s favorite part. Someone else could have hated that part because they liked the old suit better and didn’t want him to change. Parents taking their kids to see the movies have forced them to become closer weather they realize it or not. By causing people to start conversations about the powerful representation of a black protagonist, certainly has positive unintended consequences.
Marvel has introduced Black Panther, which has everyone buzzing. He was first introduced in the Marvel movie, Captain America: Civil War. In that, he played a grieving prince to a father, king of the country Wakanda, who had just been killed in a meeting of nations. This film details the Black Panther’s trip back to his homeland, Wakanda, after the events of Civil War and him becoming the new king.
With that, everyone is excited for the release and are starting to plan on when and with whom to see it with. One such excited fan is Zach Lowe who is a part of a fraternity at Bethany College, Alpha Sigma Phi. Being a fan of all the Marvel movies since he was young saying, “Just growing up you know super heroes always were cool, like Captain America and Iron Man”. This has become the most anticipated Marvel movie to date, with it being labeled one of the best one to hit the theaters. But not just because of the new character, also because of how the character looks. This will be Marvel’s first predominately driven African American cast. “It’s just nice that they’re not limiting it to just white males any more. No matter if you are in the U.S., Europe, Asia, or Africa every little boy wants to be a super hero at some point. So, it’s kind of cool that they’re making it that other ethnicities are represented on the big screen in Hollywood.” As Zach points out this change in the silver screen is a nice and fresh view on things.
Another of those people who are planning on seeing it is the fraternity’s president, Joseph Fiasco. Although he isn’t that big on all the Marvel movies saying, “I’m not that big into Marvel movies really. Never seen Iron Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, and I can’t even name the other ones I’ve missed”. Even so, most of the fraternity has an appreciation for these types of movies and has seen most of them. With the excitement throughout the house for this movie, and Joseph trying to plan a trip to the movies this seemed like the perfect opportunity. He says, “Going to the movies has always been an idea for our house, we just needed a movie that enough people were interested in. The amount of people interested was overwhelming. This was the best movie to do it”.
With the release of the Black Panther movie coming out the fraternity has come to a consensus that it would be a great experience if they all go together and see it. They would call this a “Brotherhood Event”, something all the brothers in the fraternity would attend. This is to try and strengthen their bond as brothers and coming closer. With Joseph it was just perfect timing to get everyone to go, as for Zach it takes on a different feeling. As he says, “This is very special to us as a house. I mean obviously we have mixed races, it is very prominent in our house. So, it’s just kind of cool as a brotherhood to go and do something like that together.”
So once again Marvel has done it; making yet another successful movie that all people will love. But for Bethany it’s been a unlikely bonding experience for brothers.