New Petition Wants 25 Percent of 'Black Panther' Profits to be Invested in Black Communities
Marvel’s upcoming film Black Panther has a lot of things going for it: stellar reviews from critics, a killer soundtrack produced by Kendrick Lamar, and records broken at the box office before the movie has even been released. It’s no secret that the movie, although Marvel’s 18th entry in its cinematic universe, has something different going on than most other superhero movies: nearly the entire cast is black—not to mention that it tells a distinctly black story—making it a historic entry in the world of superhero movies and cinema in general. However, a Change.org petition is asking: “what exactly will the black community gain, aside from another symbolic victory?” The petition asks for Marvel to invest 25 percent of its worldwide profit in black communities and “programs within these communities that focus on S.T.E.M” educational programs.
It’s a noble petition, but a very high ask of Marvel as well. For a movie that’s expected to break $120 million at the domestic box office just on its opening day, 25 percent of profits is no small amount of money.
At the time of writing, the petition has 628 signatures out of 1,000. If we’re being totally honest, this petition and the concept behind is interesting, but it’s unlikely to ever come to fruition, at least in the exact way Gormley has proposed.
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