With an estimated $201.7 million domestic debut, Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ had a record-breaking opening weekend. This, combined with a 97% Rotten Tomatoes score, makes Marvel’s latest outing a bonafide hit. However, the effect on the African American community is similarly noteworthy.
The film’s cast and director appeared on ‘Sway In The Morning’ last week for a Q&A. Chadwick Boseman, who stars as the title character, was asked to comment on the aforementioned impact. The actor acknowledged that the movie has “taken on a life of its own.” He pointed to young fans and recreating the promotional images to share their excitement.
Boseman, who was raised in Anderson, South Carolina, went on to tell the heart-rending story of two young fans from his hometown. The actor, failing to hold back tears, described how the recently departed children were trying to “hold on until this movie comes.” He continued, stating that their excitement helped to motivate him throughout the film’s production:
To a certain degree, you hear them say that and you’re like “Wow! I gotta get up and go to the gym. I gotta get up and go to work. Y’know, I gotta learn these lines. I gotta work on this accent.” Seeing how devoted all of my castmates are and knowing that will be something meaningful to them. To a certain degree it’s a humbling experience because you’re like “This can’t mean that much to them.” But seeing how the world has taken this on, seeing how the movemnet has taken on a life of it’s own, I realized that they anticipated something great.
You can check out Boseman’s full reaction in the video below.
Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Sterling K. Brown, Andy Serkis and John Kan.
“Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the events of ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.”
Black Panther hits theaters on February 16, 2018.
10 Things We Learned From Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’
Black Panther is an integral part of Marvel Comics and it was only a matter of time before he debuted in on the big screen. The character was first introduced in Captain America: Civil War, making an immediate impact and as a standout in the film. Now, close to two years later, the first Black Panther feature film has hit theaters, and the shining gem has become another rousing success for Marvel Studios.
Though Black Panther is, for the most part, a standalone film, it’s still part of a larger cinematic universe. That means things — both big and small — might have reverberations in future films and not just Black Panther sequels. T’Challa and his world have made an impact and are here to stay for the foreseeable future. Take this as your warning, if you haven’t seen the film yet then you might want to come back afterward as there will be massive spoilers ahead.