Where were you the first time you saw Black Panther? I was at a movie theater with my friends on opening night in a sold out theater, and the energy was electric. At that time (2018) streaming was still sort of in the newer stages so to speak, so many of us were putting most of our television/movie efforts into that, and waiting for theater releases to hit those platforms. That meant that a good percentage of my friends (including myself) hadn’t been to the movie theater since the release of Jordan Peele’s directorial debut Get Out the year prior.
What followed was a night of magic. A night of togetherness. Black Panther was one of those rare movies that brought everybody in the crowd together in a way that can only be compared to concert experiences. There was laughter, anticipation, boos when things looked bad, and cheers when T’Challa made his return.