Marvel’s first Black Panther trailer and poster are full of Easter Eggs for comic book fans and the pro-black crowd that’s converging for this highly-anticipated superhero film. So far, the film looks wonderfully black as hell with its gorgeous black cast and Afrocentricism. But one of our favorite shout-outs to black history and black culture is from the film’s new poster which features Chadwick Boseman‘s Black Panther sitting on a throne verrry reminiscent to the iconic image of Black Panther Party co-founder Huey P. Newton seated in wicker chair: spear in one hand, a rifle in the other. Poised for battle and defiant against the colonizing powers that have oppressed blacks historically and contemporaneously.
Photo credit (l to r): ‘Black Panther’ poster via Marvel, Huey Newton seated in wicker chair, 1967 by Blair Stapp, Composition by Eldridge Cleaver.
Lithograph on paper; Collection of Merrill C. Berman