5 Conversations to Have with Your Kids After "Black Panther"

Families can talk about everything from the importance of representation to the power of integrity and teamwork. By Sandie Angulo Chen
5 Conversations to Have with Your Kids After "Black Panther"

Black Panther is a masterful superhero drama unlike any other. Not only is it the first film in the Marvel cinematic universe to center on a superhero of color, but it has deep characters, a strong storyline, and outstanding acting. All that, plus strong, smart female characters and clear themes of integrity, courage, and teamwork, mean there's plenty for families to talk about after watching this Common Sense Seal-honored film. Try these discussion questions for kids:

  • Talk about the role models in Black Panther. Who are they, and what character strengths do they exhibit? How does T'Challa demonstrate courage, integrity, and even teamwork?
  • Why is it important for superheroes to be diverse? How is Black Panther an example of both racial and gender diversity compared to other superhero films?
  • How does the movie explore issues related to race? Why is Erik's perspective on the world so different from T'Challa's? Is one right and the other wrong? Why, or why not? Why does representation matter in movies and books and on TV?
  • How are the Dora Milaje (T'Challa's all-female combat fighting force) unique in the Marvel Universe? What did you think of the way the movie portrays women in usually "male" roles -- i.e. tech expert, warrior general, spy, etc.? What message does that convey to viewers?
  • What is the movie's message about global responsibility? Do you agree with the view that the Black Panther should keep Wakanda safe at all costs or with the idea that Wakanda should help less-stable, less-advanced nations and communities by sharing their resources?

About Sandie Angulo Chen

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Sandie has been writing about movies, books, pop culture, and entertainment since 1998, when she landed her first job after college at EntertainmentWeekly.com. From there, she moved to AOL's Moviefone.com, where, as a... Read more

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Parent of a 11 year old written by melty36

Hands down my favorite Marvel movie to date. I was not familiar with the Black Panther character and was very excited to learn that the cast was primarily African American and the story told about Africa and culture as well as a super hero. My 11 yr old and my family went to see this movie opening weekend and I was very excited to see all races in the theater. This movie is NOT about the Black Panther movement. It IS about a black superhero. Something we don't see in Hollywood movies or in Marvel until recently with the introduction of Black Panther again in a recent Marvel film. The movie stands on it's own. Completely different from any other comic book character movie I've ever seen. It will be remembered for the black cast, the strong female characters, the great acting and story line and advancements in Hollywood for diversity and inclusion. Rated PG13 for violence but more good guy/bad guy. I don't remember swearing and the car case scene was EPIC. Michael B Jordan was a great villain. Highly recommend bringing the whole family! I brought my 79yr old Father, boyfriend, co-workers, and my 11 yr old son. Happy Black History Month and I'm going to see this movie again VERY SOON!
Parent written by Stephanie M.

Thank you so much for this post. The questions are great. I truly appreciate that they do not shy away from what can be done very uncomfortable topics.