Why are so many of your black friends who aren't comic-book fans so excited about the movie “Black Panther”?
There have been plenty of movies with predominantly black casts and crews: Think Tyler Perry, F. Gary Gray, Spike Lee or John Singleton. And there have been plenty of movies about black history: “Selma,” “Hidden Figures,” “Glory,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Amistad” and more modern-day issues like “Straight Outta Compton,” “Friday” and “Moonlight.”
But this is different. Those movies, great as they were, centered on the black experience in a historical setting. Or they looked at the black perspective on a modern issue like racism or colorism in the black community. And "Boyz n the Hood," "Friday" or "Straight Outta Compton,” while excellent, don't exactly present the black communities as being great places to live and kid-friendly. Poverty, crime, drugs, gangs and broken families drive much of the plots of those films.
“Black Panther” is so different. It is not geared mainly for a black audience like a Tyler Perry film. It's geared for the millions of fans of action and superhero films. The massive audiences for “Wonder Woman” showed that there is an audience for "less popular" comic-book characters.
Source : http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-ed-why-black-panther-is-a-big-deal-20180312-story.html235