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Marvel’s Black Panther grosses $1 billion

Screened for 25 days across cinemas worldwide, the latest Marvel film has crossed the $1 billion mark especially after a successful release in China last week.

It’s the fifth MCU film to join the 1 billion club.

Not only that, it’s the 16th film to reach this succesful mark. From the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the 2012 film The Avengers was the first film to cross the mark and remains the most succesful film, earning above $1.5 billion dollars, according to box office date publication, Box Office Mojo. This was followed by Iron Man 3($1.2 billion), Avengers: Age of Ultron($1.4 billion), Captain America: Civil War($1.1 billion) and now Black Panther makes it to the top 5.

Black Panther is a revolution for its ethnicity.

Although it’s not the first dark skinned superhero, but Black Panther is the first one in a long time. Earlier, Marvel released a sequelogy of Blade in 1998 and 2003, played by Wesley Snipes. Whereas, superheroes like The Meteor Man(1993) and Black Dynamite(2009) gave rise to people of color as superheroes during their eras. Falcon from the Captain America films too is a dark skinned superhero but didn’t have the prominence as much as Black Panther has.

Avengers: Infinity War will be Black Panther’s next appearance.

Releasing on April 25, Avengers: Infinity War will witness a battle among all the superheroes from

the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After Captain America: Civil War, it’s the next film where the mainstayers of MCU are in one film together and what’s more, it will involve members of the Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Strange.

Three films now remain to end MCU’s Phase Three.

So far, Avengers: Infinity War, Ant Man and the Wasp and Captain Marvel are confirmed to release, followed by an untitled sequel to Avengers: Infinity War. After which, the next phase will witness the release of the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming and the third installment to the Guardians of the Galaxy series.