When he went on stage to receive the MTV Movie Award for his character, Erik Killmonger in the movie, Michael B. Jordan light-heartedly asked the fans to stop doing it.
“Chadwick Boseman, he personally asked me to ask y’all to stop asking him to say, ‘Wakanda Forever’ out in the streets. Y’all are taking this ‘forever’ thing a little too seriously,” Jordan joked.
The camera then focused on Boseman who was in the audience and found it difficult to suppress his laughter at Jordan’s remarks.
Ever since the salute was seen in the February movie, the film’s cast has been seen repeatedly performing the salute at a number of occasions. Soon, the gesture became a phenomenon on its own and often led to the cast reacting to fans with a less elaborate response.
When Avengers: Infinity War released, it had become a routine for Boseman to do the salute dozens of times each day for almost three months, which led to a viral post online which drew comparisons to his exhausted salute at the movie’s premiere compared to how he had energetically done the same at the Black Panther premiere.
“I thought that was funny. It’s a salute, ya know if I was in the military and [saluted] every day, I’m not gonna do it the same every time,”Boseman said to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert regarding a photo wherein he looked a lot more casual. “Sometimes it’s more pedestrian. That person, whoever I was doing it to at that moment, caught a casual one. Three minutes before that I probably did one that was fully [enthusiastic].”
During the months that followed after Black Panther, Boseman has understood that no matter where he goes, a public appearance means a number of salutes.
“You know what the funny thing is…if I don’t want to do it I have to not leave the house, pretty much,”Boseman stated on Jimmy Kimmel Live. “I’ve been chased in cars, I’ve actually done the scene from Coming to America where he goes to the bathroom, and people are bowing to him so that one’s happened.”
You can catch Black Panther in action in Avengers: Infinity War, still running in theaters.
Future MCU films include Ant-Man and the Wasp on July 6th, Captain Marvel on March 8, 2019, Avengers 4 on May 3, 2019, Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 on July 5, 2019, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in 2020.