The storyline behind the racist reactions to “Black Panther” in Asia

The storyline behind the racist reactions to “Black Panther” in Asia

Into the run-up towards the launch of Marvel’s Black Panther in Asia last week-end, pundits warned that the film could just aspire to, at most useful, match Ant-Man’s opening in the area ($43 million). “The themes of all films with mostly black colored casts will never be of great interest to Chinese audiences, ” USC professor and China professional Stanley Rosen pronounced, assuring Deadline that the movie would underperform.

And yet when Black Panther finally made landfall in Asia, it blew past all predictions, having a $67 million opening—up there with several of Marvel’s long-running, well-established cinematic franchises, such as Avengers: chronilogical age of Ultron, and Spider-Man: Homecoming.

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