NME Festival blog: Black Panther writer questions whether ‘disrespectful’ Iron Man would be as accepted if released today

“I think we’re at a different place. I think it’s a better place”

One of the writer’s of Marvel’s Black Panther has spoken about whether the first Iron Man movie would be successful in today’s media climate.

Black Panther, which recently crossed the one-billion dollar mark in the box offices, has been praised for its representation of both black people and women in its cast and crew.

Joe Robert Cole, who co-wrote the film alongside director Ryan Coogler, appeared at a SXSW panel to discuss how the changes in the US political system and movements like #MeToo have altered audience perceptions of superheroes, reports IndieWire.

Talking specifically about the first MCU entry, Iron Man, Cole said: “Think about where we are now, with this very vapid, unintelligent president and our world is crackling on the edges because of that. Think back to Tony Stark, him being douchey and being okay”.

He continued: “If that character, Stark, was created in a movie today, I wonder if the response would be like, ‘Oh, it’s cool that he’s douchey and disrespectful to women … That’s fine.’ I think we’re at a different place. I think it’s a better place.”

Both Iron Man and Black Panther will be appearing alongside the vast majority of the MCU in the highly anticipated blockbuster, ‘Avengers: Infinity War’.

Watch the trailer for the upcoming Avengers film below.

The huge success of Black Panther has also resulted in a surge of black cats being adopted in the US.

As claimed by a much-shared Tumblr post, one animal shelter in Colorado has seen between 50 and 60 black cats being adopted in a short space of time following the release of Black Panther.


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