This little boy from Florida just won Black Panther's M'Baku Challenge

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Mar 6, 2018

One of the many joys of Marvel's Black Panther has been watching its supporting cast grow into breakout stars. Sure, Chadwick Boseman has the title role, we know Danai Gurira from The Walking Dead, and Lupita Nyong'o was an Oscar winner well before she was Nakia, but there's room at the top for the whole cast. While Letitia Wright's Shuri seems to be the overwhelming new fan favorite from the film, another star has laid claim to the meme throne: Winston Duke and his mighty character M'Baku. 

M'Baku's entrance in the film is one of Black Panther's most memorable moments. As the leader of the mount-dwelling Jabaria Tribe, he arrives cloaked in fur, chanting with his tribesmen as he prepares to challenge T'Challa (Boseman) for the throne of Wakanda. The ritual combat sequence that follows is great, but what's really stuck with fans is the speech that precedes, in which M'Baku makes his challenge while mocking Shuri and implying that T'Challa will naturally make a weak ruler.

The scene has resonated so much that it's inspired the "M'Baku Challenge," in which fans memorize the characters entrance speech and record themselves delivering it. You can find these videos everywhere on Twitter and Instagram, but we might have to shut the whole meme down, because a boy from Florida named Jordan seems to have just won the challenge forever.

In an Instagram video posted by his mother Brittni-Rae on Sunday, Jordan does the M'Baku Challenge, playing both M'Baku and Zuri (Forest Whitaker), the elder Wakandan presiding over the coronation ceremony. But he's not just reciting dialogue. He knows the Wakandan accents, he knows M'Baku facial expressions, and he's even got costumes, including a fur cape. According to Brittni-Rae, the level of accuracy comes from Jordan having already seen the film five times. Check it out:

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All of the film's stars are tagged in the post, in the hope that they would take notice of Jordan's brilliance. It's only been a little more than a day, but the video already has more than a million views, and several cast members have taken notice.

Michael B. Jordan, who plays Killmonger, liked the video from his official Instagram account and commented "Lil made you nailed it!!!!" while Brittni-Rae also posted proof that Boseman and Duke himself have liked the video from their official accounts. Now what we need is for Jordan to meet Duke so we can get a side-by-side comparison to determine who should really play M'Baku in the Black Panther sequel.