Well it’s a nuanced and sensitive issue. So I’ll link to this 5min vid Melanated News before I say anything else…
but it mostly has to do with “who is the target market?” and “where is the money going?”
There was an article I read aaaaaaaages ago about how the Black Panther comic was basically an exploitation comic in the vein of Marvel’s All-Negro Comics #1 from the 1940s. The article is now impossible for me to find on google thanks to all the promo for the movie, but the gist was that post Rev. Dr Martin Luther King jr, Stan Lee got the bright idea to cash in on the civil rights dollar by making a character called Black Panther. Likewise in the article there was reference to various politically active black folks in the 60s and 70s who had mixed feelings about the character to begin with. The main concerns were along the lines of “why is he a rich African king from a fictional African nation and not some poor kid from southside Chicago? Spider-Man is a poor white kid from Queens…”, “how come his super power is Voodoo?” as well as “It’s neat to have a black superhero to show the kids, but when you spend that dollar, how many African Americans are getting a slice of that buck?”
And that’s the main thing blaxploitation boils down to anyway (siphoning money out of the black community); what we have with this movie is a film with a lotta racial stereotypes going on, geared towards a black audience who are super enthused because it’s pandering to the “average consumer” segment of the black community (the Riley Freemans) rather than the “progressive thinker” segment of the black community (the Huey Freemans), and meanwhile way behind the scenes there’s a bunch of already rich white guys rubbing their hands together and waiting for the money to roll in. Also since it’s a superhero movie, the likelihood of it being good is minimal. So the argument kinda stacks up and you’re basically left with textbook blaxploitation. Even the fact that nobody is hyping the story but rather “The first black superhero movie with an all black cast and black this and black that and black director and it’s called black panther” you can really tell whose money the corporates at Marvel are going after. Maybe I’m just a huge cynic but I agree with Melanated News on this one.