black panther changed man-ape

Early comics history is rife with uncomfortable stereotypes, and Marvel’s Black Panther — the first black superhero in American comics — was no exception. One character that aged poorly is Man-Ape, an iconic Black Panther villain who wears a suit styled like a white gorilla.

Given the massive responsibility of bringing Black Panther to the big screen, director Ryan Coogler and the film’s producers had to navigate the minefield of Man-Ape’s complicated implications, given the history of racists comparing black people to apes.

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