Black Panther‘s influence as a film still remains as strong as ever. With the cast winning big at the SAG Awards and 7 Oscar nominations (including one for Best Picture), the tour de force film proves that the strength of diversity and superhero movies. It’s broken box office records. It seemed to also got through to those who turn their nose up at superhero films. It’s the first superhero film to score the Best Picture Oscar nomination.
One of the most heartwarming tales to come out of 2018 were the instances of people raising money to buy out theatres so that kids of color could see the film. It looks like the trend will continue in 2019.
Black Panther will return to select AMC theatres for the week of February 1st to the 7th. More importantly, these screenings will be free, in celebration of Black History Month. In addition to this, Disney (who owns Marvel Studios) has pledged to donate a $1.5 million dollar grant to the United Negro College Fund. This fund allows minority students to attend college.
In a statement, Disney CEO Bob Iger had this to say.
“Black Panther is groundbreaking for many reasons, including the rich diversity of voices behind its success. The story also showcases the power of knowledge to change the world for the better, and the importance of ensuring everyone has access to it. We’re proud to provide thousands of free screenings of Black Panther in hopes it will continue to inspire audiences, and to support UNCF with a $1.5 million grant to make the dream of higher education a reality for more students.”
If you want to tune in to see if Black Panther will win Best Picture, then the Oscars air on February 24th at 8/7c on ABC.