Black Panther is about to become a bonafide part of cinema history.
The Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. has announced that they have acquired several items related to the Marvel Cinematic Universe film to be displayed by the National Museum of African American History and Culture later this year. The acquisition includes a Black Panther costume worn by star Chadwick Boseman during the production; a shooting script signed by director/co-writer Ryan Coogler, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, executive producer Nate Moore and producer/co-writer Robert Cole; two pages from the initial spec script; and 24 high-resolution production photos.
The pieces will first be displayed as part of the Smithsonian's inaugural African American Film Festival held in D.C. from Oct. 24-27. The festival is planned to be an annual event celebrating African American culture through film with a variety of established and emerging filmmakers sharing their work with the public.
Black Panther was released this past February to critical acclaim and eventually went on to earn over $1.34 billion at the worldwide box office. The film was heralded for its groundbreaking, diverse cast and crew in a major Hollywood production.
The Black Panther pieces make up the second major comic book movie acquisition by the Smithsonian Institute this year. Last month, the institute obtained the directors' chairs from Avengers: Infinity War and a Captain America shield used during 2016's Captain America: Civil War, both of which will be displayed at the National Museum of American History.