“Black Panther” costume added to The Smithsonian collection


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The Black Panther is coming to The Smithsonian.

Several objects from the record-breaking film “Black Panther” are now part of The National Museum of African American History and Culture’s collection.

Items include the vibranium suit Chadwick Boseman wore, an autographed full shooting script of the movie, two pages of an early script and 24 behind-the-scenes photos from the production process.

In a statement The Smithsonian said, “‘Black Panther’ illustrates the progression of blacks in film, an industry that in the past has overlooked blacks, or regulated them to flat, one-dimensional and marginalized figures. The film, like the museum, provides a fuller story of black culture and identity.”

The museum acquired the objects after a screening of “Black Panther” at the museum in February.

“Black Panther” is one of the highest grossing films in North American history and the titular character is the first superhero of African descent. The movie is also the first Marvel film directed by an African-American, Ryan Coogler.

The costume will be on view at the museum during the museum’s African American Film Festival from October 24 through October 27. Museum staff are currently finalizing plans for a permanent display.

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