For anyone who doesn’t already own a copy of Black Panther, or who can’t find it immediately to hand, ABC will air the movie tonight free of commercials. Starting at 8 p.m., the Oscar-winning film runs uninterrupted, until approximately 10:20 p.m.. At that point, the rest of the hour will contain a special Chadwick Boseman tribute produced by ABC News.
Variety reports, “The rest of the 10 p.m. hour of primetime will be filled by ‘Chadwick Boseman — A Tribute for a King,’ produced by ABC News. ABC News said the special will ‘celebrate Boseman’s storied life, legacy and career, and the cultural imprint he made on- and off-screen. It will feature tributes that have poured in from celebrities, political figures and fans across the world, special words from those who starred alongside him and knew Boseman best, and shine a light on the medical condition he privately battled.'”
With $700 million in grosses, Black Panther remains the second-highest grossing superhero movie of all time. The first and third place entries, Avengers: Endgame and Avengers: Infinity War, also feature Chadwick Boseman as King T’Challa. With its unique (in cinema) Afro-futurist style and catchphrase of “Wakanda forever!”, Black Panther captured the imaginations of viewers of all races and beliefs. Initial waves of toys based on the movie sold out so quickly that Hasbro released a second wave. Thus, the property lasted longer at retail than most similar movie merchandise. It had to satisfy the ever-growing demand of fans whose imaginations caught fire.
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