Black Panther has now been in theaters for nearly two weeks, and the lovefest for the film just won't stop. Its box-office returns remain strong, fans are still going back multiple times to see it, and right here at SYFY WIRE we're still writing odes to Okoye and her wig-throwing skills.
There's also the more emotional side of the film's impact. As fans and critics have said many times since even before the film came out, Black Panther feels like the start of something bigger than another superhero blockbuster. It feels like a major step forward for diversity and representation, not just in shared-universe comic book storytelling, but in blockbuster storytelling in general.
That's not just media talk, either. Moviegoers from all walks of life are feeling it too, particularly African-American viewers who've been eager to see something like this for a very, very long time.
Black Panther himself, Chadwick Boseman, was on The Tonight Show Wednesday, and host Jimmy Fallon decided to set up a little surprise that would move both Boseman and several Black Panther fans. The fans thought they were just there to record a video message for Boseman, thanking him for the movie and the impact it had on them, their families, and their community.
What they didn't know was that Fallon and Boseman were waiting on the other side of the curtain. So, with each fan, Boseman would wait for his moment, then come out and shock them. Some got emotional, some got excited, and other just didn't know what to think. Check it out. It'll do your heart good.
Each and every interaction in the video is moving in its own way, but two in particular stood out: the boy who just couldn't stop staring at Boseman in shock, and the woman who almost dropped to the floor when she heared Boseman say "Wakanda Forever" in his T'Challa accent.
Moments like these prove just how much a superhero story can matter to people. When they call Boseman "my king," they obviously don't mean it literally, but there's a real connection between storyteller and fan there, one that these fans sometimes can't believe they finally felt from a comic book movie.