Smithsonian Acquires 'Black Panther' Costume, Shooting Script for Exhibit

In another example of pop culture becoming incredibly important to the social consciousness, Black Panther items are headed to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Black Panther

Specifically, the museum will be gaining one of Chadwick Boseman's hero (meaning an item that was used by the main actor on screen in a film) T'Challa Black Panther costumes.  Costume designer Ruth E. Carter and her team truly outdid themselves with the blending of style, technology, and homage to the comic books the hero hails from.

There will also be a shooting script signed by Ryan Coogler (co-writer; director), Kevin Feige (producer, president of Marvel Studios), Nate Moore (executive producer) and Joe Robert Cole (co-writer; producer). In addition to that, two pages of spec script, and 24 high-resolution production photographs.

The 18th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Panther shattered records right and left, and topping the 5th spot in the all-time greatest opening weekends.  Until Avengers: Infinity War hit, of course, which dropped Panther back down to 6th.

The Black Panther collection will be on display to celebrate the inaugural Smithsonian African American Film Festival, which is scheduled to run from October 24th to the 27th 0f 2018.

The Smithsonian reports that plans for permanent display of the costume and additional objects are under consideration by the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 

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