Exactly one year ago this weekend, Black Panther officially took over the world when the Ryan Coogler film, starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o and many others hit theaters. The Marvel flick was a certified phenomenon, trending on social media for weeks and breaking box office records — once again proving no one should underestimate the power of the Black dollar.
Black Panther changed Black cinema — and Black people — in a fundamental way, so we had to celebrate the anniversary of the seminal film by revisiting the very first reactions of people around the world when they were introduced to the magic of Wakanda.
From audience members dressing up to celebrity reactions, we really outdid ourselves in February of 2018, but how could we not be extra about the biggest movie moment of our generation? The world had never seen a Black superhero film of this caliber. With Boseman as T'Challa and the brilliance of Coogler behind the camera, many of us walked away feeling revitalized, inspired and ready to build our own Wakanda.
See some of the best social media had to offer from the weekend's opening-day screenings across the world.
Just saw #BlackPanther and I kid you not... a brotha was in the back of the theater grilling rib tips and selling plates for $10.— Kofi-mayne (@Kofimagne) February 16, 2018
In the theater, waiting on #BlackPanther and somebody’s Granny is spraying down all the seats with Lysol. Ain’t gon be no flu up in here 😂😂😂😂. I love us for real.— Medium Shirley 🇵🇦 (@interstate6) February 16, 2018
I have tears in my eyes exiting the theater. So overwhelmed with emotion and pride and joy and wonder. Wow. Wow. Wow. #BlackPanther— Robinne Lee (@robinnelee) February 16, 2018
I am forever changed after watching #BlackPanther yesterday. I literally walk different now. This film has made me want to treat myself and my people even better. I have never been so sad leaving a theater knowing I couldn't buy a one way ticket to Wakanda and never look back. pic.twitter.com/atCOVwPy1W— NOVA sparks (@_inthenova) February 16, 2018
Favorite #BlackPanther memory? The lights turning on in the packed theater as the movie ended & seeing kids cross their hands over their chest as they left, saying “Wakanda forever.” with these smiles on their faces, faces full of pride. It was unifying. #Marvel10YearSweepstakes— sebastian barnes (@marvelunsolved) February 16, 2018
Men lie, women lie, numbers don’t!!!! Everybody go see #BLACKPANTHER!!!!! Let’s show our power at the box office!!!!!— Diddy (@Diddy) February 16, 2018
Sooooo i went To wakanda today ... pic.twitter.com/fUxK5FKvmf— Estelle (@EstelleDarlings) February 16, 2018
I want y’all to be extra careful in the theaters this weekend. CAREFUL.— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) February 16, 2018
Long Live the King 🔥!!#BlackPanther in theaters TODAY!!! Cannot wait to hear your comments. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did being part of such a powerful movie with an amazing cast! #WakandaForever pic.twitter.com/JXrA6YG2Ih— Forest Whitaker (@ForestWhitaker) February 16, 2018
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