also resumes the important work of placing Black women, notably darker-skinned Black women, on a pedestal
— a novel phenomenon that has misogynoirists throwing tantrums in the theatre and on the timeline. If they had their way, Boseman would have been recast
with another famous Black man, and the plot would have carried on without a hitch, but Coogler had better plans for this particular chapter of the Black Panther
narrative. In positioning Queen Ramunda and later Shuri as the head of state and continuing to highlight the necessity of the all-women army of the Dora Milaje
to the stability of the country, he effectively shifts the political structure of Wakanda to that of an indomitable matriarchy. In Black Panther
, the Black women in T’Challa’s life were his guiding light and his support system, and after his passing, those same Black women are tasked with sustaining his legacy as well as securing Wakanda’s future. They are the lifeblood of this story.