A flustered white, female curator runs up to talk to him about the collection, describing the items in a patient and patronizing tone.They move through a few artifacts, him asking questions and her spouting off answers about their “discovery.” When she comes to one item, an axe, Killmonger corrects her assessment of where it is from and states that the item is Wakandan. She becomes flustered and tells him that the items are not for sale.However, we as museum professionals need to talk about the inclusion of this scene, especially regarding its function in a film that was cut from nearly four hours long in its first iteration to a solid two, a film that so many young people will see and one that is poised to become a cultural touchstone.The museum is presented as an illegal mechanism of colonialism, and along with that, a space which does not even welcome those whose culture it displays.
The scene takes no more than five minutes of the movie, and the tension between colonial history and race only escalates from that point on.
'The fact that Black Panther gets so much right, but one crucial thing wrong, is both thrilling and maddening.'What it got 'wrong,' Bernardin argued, was the title character himself.