“Black Panther” may be roaring at the top of the box office these days, but for many fans the adventures of T’Challa, Killmonger and the fictional nation of Wakanda are a way to be seen in a whole new light.
And on Wednesday’s “Tonight Show,” host Jimmy Fallon gave a select group of those fans a way to be heard, too — by T’Challa/Black Panther himself, Chadwick Boseman!
The short video is equal parts inspiring and hilarious. Fans share their thoughts about the film while standing in front of a “Black Panther” poster featuring Boseman. And what they have to say goes way beyond, “I liked it.”
“For me as the mother of a young son, my son’s childhood has been defined by (President) Barack Obama and now ‘Black Panther,’ so thank you,” says a mom, standing with her child.
“To see this movie showed me our stories need to be told,” says an aspiring filmmaker.
After each person speaks, Fallon pulls back a curtain to let Boseman stride through, and the reactions are priceless. Hugs! Near-tears! Grateful joy! A Howard University student even runs around pawing at the curtains!
There are so many great moments, but here’s one of our favorites: One woman says the film performed a kind of miracle — “it got me to see an action movie” — and is having a lovely, star-struck moment with Boseman when she kind of half-turns and sees Fallon is also in the room.
“Oh, hey Jimmy, how ya doin’?” she asks, casually.
That’s right, folks: When the actual Black Panther is in the room, Jimmy Fallon just has to take a back seat.
Later, Boseman shared the love on social media:
Loved every minute of this. https://t.co/Elz4RHTmK4
— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) March 1, 2018
As one fan says, “Wakanda forever!”