How Black Panther Points to a More Enlightened Hollywood Future

The Mega-Hit Will Inspire More Inclusion If the Industry Internalizes Its Many Lessons

The global success of, and acclaim for, the film Black Panther reflect greater inclusiveness and openness to different stories within Hollywood—and could inspire even more changes within the industry.

That was the cautiously optimistic conclusion of a panel—including scholars, a novelist, a film critic, and a film executive—at a Zócalo/UCLA event, “Will Black Panther Really Change Hollywood?” held at ArcLight Hollywood in Los Angeles.

Conversation started with observations about Black Panther, which is already the number one superhero movie of all time, with domestic box office receipts of $633 million, and another …