Wakanda Forever and Ever, Amen. Last night’s televised production of Jesus Christ Superstar Live gave Marvel’s Black Panther an unspoken shout-out in the closing credits, proving the movie to be not just a record-breaking blockbuster, but a legitimate cultural moment that’s not losing steam.
During the credits, Hamilton star Brandon Victor Dixon, who wowed audiences with his portrayal of Judas, also won over Black Panther fans (which at this point includes literally everybody) by giving the “Wakanda Forever” salute during the show’s curtain call/closing credits.
The concert revival of the 1971 musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice starring John Legend and Alice Cooper aired live on NBC Sunday night to 9.4 million viewers. The musical chronicles the last few days of Christ’s life, as told from the point of view of Judas Iscariot.
It certainly proved to be an unexpected if fun opportunity for a Black Panther homage, as the film continues to influence the cultural conversation. By the way, if you’re still counting, Box Office Mojo estimates that Black Panther’s domestic total as of April 1 is nearly $651 million. Globally, it’s raked in nearly $1.3 billion.