Published: 14th April 2021

What to talk to your kids about after watching Black Panther

Are you planning on watching Black Panther with your kids? Here's the age rating, information about what's in the film, and some ideas for topics to talk about once the credits roll.

Black Panther (2018) is is a US action adventure in which the king of a hidden kingdom must prevent a rival from unleashing war on the world.

Violence

There are battles with swords, spears, guns and fantastical weapons. The violence includes slashes, stabs and hand-to-hand combat. A character breaks another’s arm, and a warrior’s throat is cut, but without strong detail. Injury detail A torso wound is shown during a healing process. Other injuries, sometimes bloody, are seen briefly and without strong detail.

Language

During a comic scene, a character gives a middle-finger gesture. There is also use of mild bad language (‘shit’), as well as milder terms such as ‘hell’.

A fantastical mind-altering potion is drunk during a ceremonial ritual.

Topics to talk to your kids about after watching Black Panther

  • Did you enjoy the film? How did it make you feel? Were there any bits of the story that you didn’t like? Who was your favourite character? Did you learn anything, if so what?
  • Do you agree with the BBFC age rating? Would you add or remove anything?
  • Is it helpful to know about what is in a film before you watch it? You might have already known about Black Panther from reading the Marvel Comics. How is the film different from the comic book? Do you think it’s better or worse?
  • What do you think Black Panther can teach you about race and representation in the media? Do you think it’s important to see diversity in super hero films? Why?
  • What does T’Challa’s returning from near death tell you about him as a character? Have you seen this narrative journey in other films? Why do you think it’s important to show somebody getting back up and rejoining the fight?
  • What roles do we see women do in the film? How does this compare to other Marvel movies? Why is important that we see women carry out different types of jobs? Would you describe any of the female characters as heroes?
  • T’Challa and Killmonger have very different ideas on how to respond to oppression, with T’Challa focusing on peace and isolation and Killmonger encouraging protest. Who do you think is right? Can you empathise with Killmonger?
  • Wakanda has always been a secret country and in the film they must decide whether to stay isolated or help the outside world. What do you think they should do? In what ways can Wakanda make a difference to the world?
  • In the film, Killmonger visits a museum and steals some West African artifacts. Why do you think he is angry about a London museum having these stolen artifacts?
  • In what ways does Blank Pather compare to other famous Marvel superheroes? Wakanda is a fictional world. What’s your favourite thing about the country? Is there anything you would change?