‘Black Panther’ and the tragic history of Asian aspirations
'Black Panther' may be about Africa, but it carries a kernel of the Asian dream
The latest Marvel instalment Black Panther may look like another comic book superhero blockbuster on the surface but it grapples with some profound issues about the African experience amid its obligatory explosions and chase sequences. At its heart, the film is an anti-colonial fantasy which reflects the imagination and aspirations of billions of people in the Third World—the aspiration to see one’s own country rich and powerful enough to count as an equal to the West. Black Panther gives life to this dream by imagining a technologically advanced and economically prosperous African nation which can give assistance to the West instead of taking it.