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Black-ish stars suit up as Black Panther characters for special Halloween episode

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Oct 27, 2018

There's probably no doubt in anyone's mind that Black Panther and the other notable residents of Wakanda (e.g. Okoye, Nakia, Erik Killmonger, M'Baku, etc.) will be super popular Halloween costumes this year.

Being one of the most culturally relevant superhero movies ever made, the first African hero to get their own movie in the MCU brought in over $1.3 billion at the box office, not to mention providing the Wakandan battlefield for that epic final showdown in Avengers: Infinity War

King T'Challa and his vibrant cast of supporting characters are now an indelible part of pop culture as is the arm-crossing chant "WAKANDA FOREVER!" That's why ABC's sitcom Black-ish is fully embracing the Marvel-created phenomenon for the Halloween episode of its fifth season, "Scarred for Life."

The show's official Twitter posted a picture of cast members Anthony Anderson (Andre Johnson Sr.), Tracee Ellis Ross (Dr. Rainbow Bow Johnson), and Marcus Scribner (Andre Johnson Jr.) in costume as T'Challa, Nakia, and Killmonger; the characters were played in the film by Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong'o, and Michael B. Jordan respectively. There's also an image of Anderson holding young DeVante in his own adorably tiny Panther suit. 

"The Halloween episode is gonna be fire," wrote Ellis Ross in her own tweet, depicting a selfie of herself and Scribner in costume. 

In addition, you can check out this Instagram video of Miles Brown (Jack Johnson) saying that Killmonger is his favorite Black Panther character, Scribner offering to be a double for Michael B. Jordan, Ellis Ross voicing her love for Lupita, and Anderson belting out a tribal war chant. 

It was probably super easy for the show to get permission to use the Black Panther designs, as ABC is owned by Disney, which also owns Marvel Studios. However, Black-ish isn't the only ABC sitcom this year to depict a pop culture icon. The Goldbergs was able to snag the original Freddie Kreuger, Robert Englund, for a cameo in its own Halloween episode, "Mister Knifey-Hands."

"Scarred for Life" premieres on ABC this Tuesday, Oct. 30, the very day before All Hallow's Eve.


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