Now that the dust has settled on Black Panther's mammoth opening weekend, we can safely say that it's not just the best black superhero movie ever, but perhaps the greatest superhero movie, period. One person who agrees is Michelle Obama, who tweeted out her love for the film on Monday. “I loved this movie and I know it will inspire people of all backgrounds to dig deep and find the courage to be heroes of their own stories,” the former First Lady wrote.
Sure, Michelle is probably fawning over Chadwick Boseman’s vibranium abs and Danai Gurira’s badass battle scenes like the rest of us. But as the only black First Lady in history, she also knows a thing or two about the importance of representation. Just last week the Obamas revealed their stunning official portraits that will, without a doubt, inspire a generation of young people of color visiting the Smithsonian just like Black Panther is inspiring kids in movie theaters across the country.
With or without Obama’s co-sign, Black Panther shows no signs of slowing down at the box office. The film is expected to gross an unprecedented $235 million over the four-day weekend and will likely become one of the highest grossing and best reviewed films of all time. Wakanda forever indeed.