Black Panther's Chadwick Boseman Doesn't Actually Mind The Wakanda Salute

Black Panther

It seems that with the popularity of Black Panther Chadwick Boseman can't get away from people giving him the Wakanda Forever salute and asking him to do the same. Contrary to previous reports, he may not be as tired of it as we thought. A lot has been made recently about the idea that Boseman is tired of all the attention, and the actor says that's not really true. If anything, he sounds disappointed that people are less enthusiastic about giving him the salute because they think he doesn't want to deal with it. According to Boseman...

I think there's been so much talk online about me not wanting to do it, which is not, that's not true, but I think people are scared to do it, like somebody gave me like a halfway one like they were kind of scared to do it outside. I could tell that they were trying to do it but they didn't want to, so I think it's stopping a little bit now.

It seems that the frequency with which people are giving Chadwick Boseman the salute, or asking him to the same, is finally starting to die down, though Boseman told MTV before the Movie and TV Awards that he thought that might be because the word going around is that he doesn't want to do it anymore. He insists that's not the case.

Of course, later in that same evening, while accepting an award at that very show, Michael B. Jordan would take a moment in his acceptance speech to ask people to stop saying Wakanda Forever on behalf of Chadwick Boseman, so it's not exactly difficult to understand where the idea the actor is getting tired of it all is coming from.

Most actors, it seems, do appreciate seeing that their work is loved by fans, and seeing people do the Wakanda Forever salute on the street certainly would qualify. Certainly, there will be times when he's not in the mood or simply too busy with other things to give everybody the salute as he walks down the street, but if we can all agree to not bother the guy or be offended if he doesn't give the salute back when you do it, we can probably all show our love for Black Panther and get along just fine.

What the future holds for T'Challa is anybody's guess at this point. He was one of several major characters to fall victim to "the snap" at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. Still, we fully expect to see him again in future Marvel movies, especially considering the fact that Black Panther was so popular that it still outgrosses Infinity War domestically.

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

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