presentation about black panther movie
The First Avenger, which came out in the year 2011. I’ve given this presentation to classes in past years, but this time, in the Summer of 2020, I would be remiss if, before I start my presentation, I didn’t stop to acknowledge something that has been on my heart and on my mind during our course this summer. In our Literary Superheroes class, we focus on classic literature, film, comic books, Disney stories and fairytales. But especially during this pandemic,I want to acknowledge that there are real-life heroes all around us. In April of this year, the two big comic book houses, DC Comics and Marvel, made some beautiful tribute art to acknowledge some of these real-life heroes – frontline workers, first-responders, nurses, doctors, delivery persons, grocers, and other essential workers. I also would add students to this list. To finish your education goals in the midst of a pandemic takes dedication, courage, commitment to a higher calling. Many of you are taking up to four classes this summer, often while caring for your families and others, often while working jobs and having other major responsibilities, some of you in other countries and time zones with limited access to resources, and I want to acknowledge the heroism it takes to do what you’re doing.
presentation about black panther movie
My sample presentation takes a socio-political approach to the Marvel character and the movie Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). Captain America lends itself to sociopolitical analysis, since in the comic books the introduction to the character was political from the very beginning. Captain America was introduced way back in March 1941, in the third year of World War II but before the United States was actually involved in World War II. The cover of that issue depicts Captain America punching out Adolf Hitler. The US would eventually get involved in the war, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December of 1941. By putting out their cover months in advance of US involvement, the Marvel artists and writers were making a political statement that the US should be joining the fight against Hitler and the Nazis. Seventy years later, in 2011, the first Captain America film would recreate this moment of Captain America punching Hitler.
Although the film Captain America: The First Avenger has one foot in the 1940s, with the evil Hydra regime reminiscent of the Nazis, the film also has the other foot solidly in the 21st century. The film contains several references to the events of September 11, 2001 – 9/11, and the destruction of the World Trade Center in particular. Most US/Hollywood comic book films released probably since the attacks and until the past few years are preoccupied with 9/11, and these superhero movies reflect the nation’s trauma and US anxiety about loss of power. It’s starting with Wonder Woman (2017) that I would argue we start to see a shift away from Hollywood’s superhero movies’ preoccupation with 9/11. As many of your pointed out, Iron Man (2008) also shows vestiges of being preoccupied with 9/11 and subsequent history. Many of you noted that in Iron Man Muslim characters are unfairly represented as either terrorists or refugees, villains or victims, with the notable exception of the character of Yinsen, whom I would argue possesses more attributes of “hero” than the protagonist and title character. And on this PowerPoint slide I have a collage of images from other Marvel films, where the attacks on the US and especially New York City keep being dramatized and replayed, as if in a desire to go back and changethe events from happening. What I want to focus on in Captain America is the scene at the end of the film. Hydra has set the plane to attack New York City. Captain America (Steve Rogers), a pilot, redirects the plane to land in the water instead, knowingly sacrificing himself in order to save New York City. His body freezes in the waters and eventually his body is rescued and he is eventually brought back to life in the subsequent Marvel film.
This action in the movie is a departure from the plot in the original comic book, published in March of 1964. In the comic book, the evil Baron Zemo has planted a bomb on a plane. Captain America / Steve’s friend Bucky tries to get on the plane to stop the bomb, and Steve tries to stop Bucky and save him. In the film, the way the plot plays out makes clear, unmistakable references to the planes that were hijacked on 9/11. I was in my 20s when 9/11 happened, and I will still remember hearing on the news allof the phone calls between the passengers on the planes and their loved ones as well as the voicemails that passengers left for their loved ones as they flew toward their deaths – and their phones went dead. Captain America recreates this traumatic moment in history by having Steve say his goodbye to his beloved Peggy. She keeps him on the radio wave until the line goes dead from his plane having crashed. As I’ve shared this presentation over the years, most of those most heartbreaking real-life phone calls have been taken off the internet. I’ll let you listen to the beginning of what I was able to find, and then I’ll show the scene from Captain America that connects.
The same year that the Captain America film was released, 2011, Marvel printed a tribute comic book tohonor those who passed away as well as the first responders on 9/11, many of whom had debilitating illness from being at ground zero. It was titled, simply, “Heroes.”
And this brings me back to our present day. I mentioned the DC Comic’s tribute to the heroes of the pandemic we are currently living through. This is Marvel’s tribute piece, published in April of this year. It features a woman of color who is a medical practitioner and who has Captain America’s shield on her mask. It is drawn from the perspective of someone on a gurney in a hospital, presumably someone who is suffering from COVID19, and who is in need of rescue. It is titled “I am Captain America.” Distributed via Twitter, the artists included this statement: “The message is clear: those people who brave the hospitals, caring for the sick and risking their own health for the good of others are the real heroes and there are no superheroes that we at Marvel can come up with that would equal their compassion, drive and mettle. These brave men and women who stand on the front lines of this international crisis do not stand beside our fictional heroes, they embody everything that Marvel endeavors for our fictional heroes to stand for, and their lives are far more heroic than we could ever make them.”
So that’s my presentation. The objective of the assignment is to take a movie (ideally on Disney+) that has some sort of written original source material. You can do any of the fairytale or superhero movies onDisney+ — except for Wonder Woman, Coco, and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. You can also do another movie/book adaptation if you prefer, but please discuss it with me in advance and get my okay. If you’ll be ready on Friday, we’ll have sign up time to present via Zoom. You can also record your presentation if that suits you better. I’ll have some additional times to present on Zoom next Monday.So that’s my presentation. The objective of the assignment is to take a movie (ideally on Disney+) that has some sort of written original source material. You can do any of the fairytale or superhero movies onDisney+ — except for Wonder Woman, Coco, and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. You can also do another movie/book adaptation if you prefer, but please discuss it with me in advance and get my okay. If you’ll be ready on Friday, we’ll have sign up time to present via Zoom. You can also record your presentation if that suits you better. I’ll have some additional times to present on Zoom next Monday.