Hollywood is slowly figuring out that it needs more diverse films, not only for better storytelling, but also to more accurately represent the people seeing its films. More than 50% of frequent moviegoers in the US are non-white.

Black Panther isn’t the first black Marvel character to be put on film. Blade, starring Wesley Snipes, hit theaters almost 20 years ago. And other characters who were depicted as white in most comics have been portrayed by black actors in movies, like the Norse God Heimdall, who’s played by Idris Elba in Marvel’s Thor films. Black Panther isn’t even the only black superhero in Captain America: Civil War—Falcon, portrayed by Anthony Mackie, also has a significant role.

But Black Panther’s arrival on film is a long time coming. Many Marvel characters created long after him have already had their own feature films—think of Ant-Man, Wolverine, Punisher, Ghost Rider, and the Guardians of the Galaxy. The king of Wakanda has been neglected by Hollywood for far too long.

Don’t be surprised if he quickly becomes your new favorite hero.

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