Adidas releases Black Panther-inspired collection: prices, where to buy and more
Adidas has released a collection inspired by hit Marvel film, Black Panther.
Ahead of the release of the much-anticipated Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the sports brand has dropped a range featuring apparel, accessories and trainers.
The brand says the collection is “inspired by Wakandan patterns and designed to represent all those who embody their values”.
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“We all represent something far greater than ourselves.” Adidas said. “Like Shuri, Okoye and Nakia, we too are a reflection of the company we’ve chosen to keep.”
The collection features more than 20 products including Black Panther-themed trainers.
There’s a pair of Ultra 4D running trainers, in black with purple detailing and the famous three-stripe logo in gold, as well as a nod to the title character’s slash claws on the front of the shoes.
The apparel selection features bottoms including graphic leggings, two different designs of joggers and a sports dress.
While the top selection features a graphic tank top, embellished with the Wakanda Forever hands symbol, a running t-shirt, cropped t-shirt, two graphic t-shirts and a hoodie.
There are also accessories as part of the youth section, including a backpack featuring the Black Panther, socks and a cap.
The prices of the collection range between £13 and £200.
Michaela Coel says she joined Black Panther to tell LGBTQ+ story
Michaela Coel recently confirmed her Black Panther: Wakanda Forever character is queer, and that the chance to tell an LGBTQ+ story is why she joined the Marvel film.
Coel joined the Black Panther sequel in July 2021, and a year later Marvel confirmed she would be playing Aneka, a combat instructor in the Dora Milaje – an all-female warrior group.
In the comics Aneka is queer and has an enemies to lovers romance with fellow warrior Ayo (Florence Kasumba in the films) which stirs things up among the ranks.
“That sold me on the role, the fact that my character’s queer,” she told Vogue. “I thought: I like that, I want to show that to Ghana.”
Michaela Coel, who is British-Ghanaian, eflected on the situation for the LGBTQ+ community in Ghana right now, with a bill currently going through parliament which could make being gay or even supporting the community punishable by up to five years in prison.
It’s drawn condemnation across the world and from Ghana’s Anglican Bishops, who have spoken out against the bill as being “too severe”.
“People say, ‘Oh, it’s fine, it’s just politics’,” the 35-year-old actor said. “But I don’t think it is just politics when it affects how people get to live their daily lives.
“That’s why it felt important for me to step in and do that role because I know just by my being Ghanaian, Ghanaians will come.”
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