'Avengers: Endgame' made the most cash at the box office, but when it comes to the world's favourite superhero film, the winner is clear.
Rae Johnston

21 Jan 2020 - 5:44 PM  UPDATED 21 Jan 2020 - 5:44 PM

Based on data gathered from internet searches, Black Panther is the favourite superhero film in 48 countries around the world - including the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and (unsurprisingly) almost every single country in Africa. 

Spider-Man came in second, with Mexico, Italy, Spain and 18 other countries choosing Tom Holland's web-slinger as their all-time. Australia was among the 14 countries who chose Captain Marvel as its number one. Rounding out the top five were Deadpool (13 countries) and Wonder Woman (12 countries).

Black Panther, in many ways, was a groundbreaking film. It set a new record for the most award nominations for a superhero film. It was also the first superhero film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. And on the other end of the "impact on pop culture" scale, it is still the most Tweeted about movie. Ever

The "museum scene" in particular struck a chord with many, including Wiradjuri man and First Nations Project Officer at Australian Museum Nathan Sentance. 

"The museum scene represents what many First Nations people - or people often considered 'the Other' - would what to say to white curators who whitesplain our culture to us and don't acknowledge their collections are built on the back of colonialism and exploitation," Mr Sentance told NITV News. 

"[This is] encapsulated perfectly by Killmonger: 'How do you think your ancestors got these? Do you think they paid a fair price?'"

The unfortunately fictional tech-lovers' dream nation of Wakanda was so impactful, the U.S. Department of Agriculture accidentally listed it as a trading partner on the official government website. A tiny fish discovered off the coast of Tanzania last year was named Cirrhilabrus Wakanda (or "Vibranium Fairy Wrasse") because its scale pattern looked like BPs' suit. 

Black Panther is still the highest-grossing film from an African-American director, and Ryan Coogler is back on board for the sequel -- along with the most of the original cast.

We have to wait until May 6 2022 to see Black Panther 2, but that just means there's time to watch the first one around 9,912 times before we do.

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