Marvel’s latest movie, Black Panther, is now playing in theaters, and more than likely you’ve seen it (and maybe seen it more than once). Even if you haven’t seen the movie, you probably know its impact. It’s a quality superhero film, and one with amazing representation of a young black man growing up to be a strong, just leader. Oh, and a young black woman who basically runs the entire STEM program of the nation of Wakanda. And amazing black female warriors who take pride in their strength and natural hair.
The move is hitting all the right chords with audiences, and viewers are leaving the theater feeling inspired and empowered. And while we can tweet at its stars all day long about what Black Panther means to us, it’s another thing to actually get to tell them in person. So Jimmy Fallon rigged that up: Unsuspecting Black Panther fans get to tell Black Panther what the film means to them…but little do they know that T’Challa himself, Chadwick Boseman, is actually listening in.
At the start of this segment on the Tonight Show, a producer tells participants to look at the movie poster for Black Panther and tell the poster version of Boseman how much the movie meant to them. Meanwhile, Boseman and Fallon hid behind the curtain, waiting to jump out at just the right moment.
Seriously, be prepared to shed a few tears while you watch because people’s reactions to meeting Boseman are seriously awe-inspiring. The movie, and Boseman as a protagonist, are so important, and that’s clear when fans start explaining why they feel connected to the movie. For one mom, Black Panther was a safe-haven for her and her son. “For me, as the mother of a young son, my son’s childhood has been defined by Barack Obama and now Black Panther. So thank you,” she said.
Whoever is cutting onions in here needs to stop.