New Black Panther character featured in children’s picture book
Marvel offers a new Black Panther character through a children’s picture book titled Black Panther: Wakanda Forever: The Courage to Dream.
We’re just months away from the premiere of the most anticipated sequel to Black Panther. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will be the sequel to the hit Marvel movie released in 2018. The movie’s trailer has already given us a dark and emotional glimpse into the passing of Chadwick Boseman, who played T’Challa in the MCU.
While the movie may end T’Challa’s story in the MCU, his legacy will live on as another character will surely take on the mantle of Black Panther. Whether it’s Shuri or not, we have to wait for the sequel to hit theaters.
Aside from the debate over who will become the next Black Panther, wakanda forever will feature new Marvel Comics characters. Tenoch Huerta’s King Namor, Dominique Thorne’s Riri Williams, and Mikaela Coel’s Aneka would make their MCU debuts in this film.
Riri Williams’ appearance in the film is a prelude to her character’s solo Disney+ series. And recently, photos from the set of Stone heart leaked online, showing the first look at Williams’ Ironheart suit. Meanwhile, Aneka will take us to a new depth of Wakanda as the character introduces us to another group of incredible fighters, the Midnight Angels.
Now Marvel has announced that they will be releasing a graphic children’s book in the Black Panther universe. The book will present a new Black Panther character.
Assata, the new character of Black Panther
The new children’s book Black Panther: Wakanda Forever: The Courage to Dream tells the journey of a young girl to become a member of Dora Milaje. However, due to her disability, she was forced to give up on this dream, but upon meeting new friends, she rekindled her dream once again. You can read The Root’s book press release below:
a young Wakandan who hopes to become one of the Dora Milaje, the warriors who protect Wakanda. But because of Assata’s disability, she gives up on her dream. Assata’s light still shines through, introducing her to surprising friends: Princess Shuri, the warrior Okoye and the mighty M’Baku. But only Assata can give herself what she lacks: the courage to dream.
The book is written by New York Times bestselling author Frederick Joseph and New York Times bestselling illustrator Nikkolas Smith. In an interview with The Root, Joseph mentioned that Assata’s story is a “story of perseverance and hope” just like Black Pantherand her story is a reminder for everyone to let go of their dreams.
“Black Panther In many ways, it’s a story of perseverance and hope, which is at the heart of everything I wanted Assata to represent: a young girl who can remind children and adults to never give up on our dreams.
Meanwhile, Smith, who previously worked as a concept artist on wakanda forever, mentioned that Assata’s story resulted from his immersion in the characters and environment of Black Panther.
“I had a lot of Wakandan background characters in my head to draw from. As I imagined some of their stories, I sketched several “speed paintings” to create new Wakandan characters who populate these beautiful villages, schools, and homes.
The impact of this new character
Without a doubt, Black Panther was a cultural phenomenon. Seeing a Marvel movie made up mostly of people of color was unheard of until the Black Panther came out of. The film represented the people, identity and culture of the black community.
With the new Black Panther character, the book aims to represent another often overlooked sector of society – black children with disabilities. For black children with disabilities, seeing Assata strive and thrive despite her condition is something we can’t wait to see.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever: The Courage to Dream will be released on November 1.
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