Black Panther has broken records and garnered a wave of positivity in the days since its debut, but one theater went to some pretty creative means to address their excitement.
The Hollywood Palms Cinema, a movie theater in Naperville, IL, has been hyping up the film for a few days through their Twitter account. After one of their tweets was met with a series of annoyed comments, namely pointing out that the film's fictional world of Wakanda "isn't real", Hollywood Palms issued an amusing apology statement. You can check it out below.
"We did not wish to give the false impression that Wakanda, a country with bulletproof suits that fit into small containers, flying cars, and gender equality was a real place," the statement reads in part. The apology then specifically addresses "Sokovian refugees" (a nod to Avengers: Age of Ultron), "citizens of Kamar-Taj" (a fictional locale in Doctor Strange), and "visitors from far-off Asgard" (the dearly-departed land of the Thor movies).
It's pretty hard to deny that Hollywood Palms' tweets are all in good fun, and are just a small indication of the hype surrounding Black Panther. The film has garnered a profound amount of critical and fan praise, with everyone from Snoop Dogg to Oprah Winfrey celebrating the film.
The excitement has already translated in a pretty profound way in the box office, with a record-breaking $387 million worldwide debut thus far. Even Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has referred to the project as "the best film" the company has ever made.
Black Panther is now in theaters. It will be followed by Avengers: Infinity War on May 4th, Ant-Man and the Wasp on July 6th, Captain Marvel on March 8, 2019, the fourth Avengers movie on May 3, 2019, the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming on July 5, 2019, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in 2020.