But while previous iterations of Reel vs. Real were overt celebrations of spycraft, the Black Panther ones sound extra condescending and dismissive, constantly reaffirming that most Wakanda tech is completely implausible, and that the parts that aren't are being wasted on dumb superhero antics, making the movie a complete fantasy. (Dr.) Strange, it's almost as if there's some reason the CIA would want to discredit the idea of an African nation that was able to thrive by hiding from meddling foreign governments.
But while we're mocking the CIA for trying to ride the Oscars' and Black Panther's coattails for some quick Twitter metrics, you should probably know that this weird spy/Hollywood synergy is just the tip of a chilling iceberg. Behind the scenes, the CIA has a long history of using movies to tightly control and downright manipulate the public's perception of its operations to be seen as less "evil and Machiavellian." (Except for Tom Clancy adaptations; they actually have to tone down the hero worship in those.)