HOUSTON (FOX 26) - It’s opening day for the movie "Black Panther," which seems to not only be a movie, but a movement and moviegoers are lining up to be a part of it. Marvel’s first black superhero isn’t only a big hit in the Marvel Universe, but in the real world, the Black Panther character is already a role model.
”Because there’s never been a black character and a character that has so many powers,” says sixth grade student Desani Anderson.
“I saw it on the commercial and I was like, 'I gotta go see it, gotta go see it,'” says seventh grade student Dreshon Walls with a smile.
A former Hartman Middle School student, who’s now a doctor, donated forty tickets to the school so that students can watch "Black Panther" in a movie theater.
”When I got the tickets I was like, 'Wow, out of all the students, me,'” adds Walls.
“I think this character will be a role model for many kids because it will inspire them and show them they can do whatever they want to do when they grow up,” says seventh grade student Melissa Reyes.
The character is connecting with children from all walks of life.
”The suit of Black Panther is made out of a metal that is only available in their world,” explains eighth grade student Milo Muscarello.
Children of color seem to be super excited about a superhero on the big screen who looks like them.
“They can look at somebody like this character and say, 'I can be that person,' says BackstageOL.com co-founder Dave Morales. "He's got a PhD, he's athletic, he does good and they look at that and say, 'Hey, I can relate to him.'”
Morales has been reviewing films for some time. He says that although the Black Panther character was created during the civil rights movement, "Black Panther" has been a long time coming and is certainly relevant today.
“It's not a good movie, it's a great movie,” adds Morales.