‘Black Panther’ Poster Recreated With Kids

As we all wait with baited breath for the release of Marvel’s Black Panther, one artist decided to reimagine the film’s poster with children.

London-based Nigerian visual artist Àsìkò was commissioned by Looks Like Me, a talent agency that aims to redefine beauty and raise the profile of underrepresented groups in the United Kingdom.

Thank you all so much for celebrating our Passion Project: Hero in us all - inspired by @blackpanther I am the proudest woman in the world - the ting went viral brrraaapp!!!!! ❤💛💚 Massive thanks to my exceptional Production team, cast, parents, influencers, all of you beautiful people from all around the world, liking, posting, reposting, sharing, we appreciate it. _____ Dream team: Art Director Selma Nicholls Founder & CEO of #lookslikemeuk Talent @lookslikemeuk the future generation of culture, pride and hero in us all! _____ Creative consultant & connector @vinecreatives VINE Creatives, a branding agency for the African diaspora assembled the creative team, from their roster of BAME talent. _____ Photographer @asiko_artist Asiko is a London based Nigerian fine art photographer who creates emotional resonant images. His work is used to explore culture and identity using portraiture photography. _____ Stylist @basmakhalifa Basma Khalifa is a fashion stylist and brand consultant with over 10years experience at some of the worlds most renowned magazines, she continues to work on campaigns, commercials and editorials worldwide. _____ Face art @nygloriousfacearts NyGlorious Face Arts is a Face and Body Painting Company based in London run by Nyomie McCook who is the Lead Artist . They specialise in Creating Bright and Vibrant designs using skin as a canvas. _____ #lookslikemeuk #blackexcellence #blackboyjoy #blackgirlsrocks#photography #portrait #artphotography #portraiture #BlackPanther #wakandaforever #WelcomeToWakanda #BlackPantherFanMovie #africanheritage #fineartportrait #MCU #MarvelStudios #MarvelCinematicUniverse

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Though he was hesitant to work with children, Àsìkò lept at the chance to riff on Black Panther because it was one of his favorite comic books as a child.

“As a kid who read comics Black Panther was one of the very few Black superheroes I came across,” he wrote on Instagram. “For a child, it is a beautiful thing to see yourself represented in a positive light in pop culture.”

“What is also great is that it’s a hero steeped in culture and heritage and not drug deals or street thugging,” Àsìkò added. “[Ryan Coogler] and [Marvel Studios] have made a film that is part of the positive narrative changing views of Africa and the Black race and boy does it matter.”

Black Panther opens February 16 and has already brought in millions in pre-sale tickets — in addition to campaigns for children around the world to see the film in their local theaters.