Memorable Black Panther Quotes For the Culture
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Want to relive the magic of Marvel’s 2018 culture-defining film phenomenon Black Panther?
Check out the Black Panther quotes down below to say “Wakanda Forever!”
one last time.
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According to a study conducted by the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, only 5.2% of the top-grossing 1,200 films from 2007 to 2018 featured a black lead or co-lead.
The success of “Black Panther,” with its predominantly black cast, challenges the status quo and highlights the importance of representation in the film industry.
What’s your favorite scene from Black Panther?
Starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, and Lupita Nyong’o, Black Panther centers around the crowning of T’Challa, an African prince, as king after his father’s death.
As Marvel’s first film starring a black superhero, anticipation surrounding the movie grew dramatically, especially on social media.
The movie has since made over $1 billion in the box office worldwide, only beat by Marvel’s Avengers series.
In this article, we’re going to take a look back at the most memorable moments from T’Challa, Killmonger, Shuri, and more.
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Memorable Black Panther Quotes
Research from the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media found that, among the top 100 highest-grossing films of 2019, those with a diverse cast outperformed those without by 37%.
This data supports the idea that audiences are increasingly appreciative of movies that promote diversity and representation, such as “Black Panther.”
1. “Wakanda forever!” – T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman)
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2. “You’re a good man with a good heart. And it’s hard for a good man to be king.” – King T’Chaka (John Kani)
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3. “All over the planet our people suffer because they do not have the tools to fight back.” – Erik “Killmonger” Stevens (Michael B. Jordan)
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4. “What happens now determines what happens to the rest of the world.” – T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman)
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5. “Your heart is so full of hatred. You are not fit to be king.” – Okoye (Danai Gurira)
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6. “I will not abandon someone to die when I have the means to save his life.” – T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman)
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7. “Show them who you are.” – Ramonda (Angela Bassett)
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8. “I am loyal to that throne, no matter WHO sits on it.”— Okoye
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9. “People die every day. That’s just part of life around here.” – Erik “Killmonger” Stevens (Michael B. Jordan)
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10. “The Black Panther fights for us. And I will be there beside him.”
Black Panther quotes from T’Challa
A 2020 Nielsen report revealed that “Black Panther” was the most-watched film on streaming platforms in the United States from August 29 to September 4, following the death of the movie’s lead actor, Chadwick Boseman.
This spike in viewership demonstrates the significant cultural impact the film had on audiences and the legacy left by Boseman.
11. “You want to see us become just like the people you hate so much! Divide and conquer, just as they did!” – T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman)
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12. “If you were not so stubborn you would make a great queen.” – T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman)
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13. “Now, more than ever, the illusions of division threaten our very existence. We all know the truth: more connects us than separates us. But in times of crisis the wise build bridges, while the foolish build barriers. We must find a way to look after one another, as if we were one single tribe.” – T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman)
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14. “He killed his own brother and left a child behind with nothing. What kind of king… what kind of man does that?” – T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman)
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15. “I am not king of all people. I am King of Wakanda. And it is my responsibility to make sure our people are safe and that vibranium does not fall into the hands of a person like you.” – T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman)
16. “You were wrong – all of you were wrong – to turn your backs on the rest of the world! We let the fear of discovery stop us from doing what is right. No more! I cannot stay here with you. I cannot rest while he sits on the throne! He is a monster of our own making! I must take the mantle back. I must! I must right these wrongs!” – T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman)
17. “Our weapons will not be used to wage war on the world. It is not our way to be judge, jury, and executioner for people who are not our own.” – T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman)
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Black Panther quotes from Erik “Killmonger” Stevens
According to a survey conducted by the Motion Picture Association, Black Panther was the third highest-grossing film in the US and Canada in 2018, with a box office revenue of over $700 million.
This statistic can be used to underscore the widespread popularity of the film and its impact on popular culture.
18. “How do you think your ancestors got these? Did they pay a fair price, or did they take them, like they took everything else?” – Erik “Killmonger” Stevens (Michael B. Jordan)
19. “Y’all sitting up here all comfortable. Must feel good. Meanwhile, there’s about two billion people all over the world that look like us, but their lives are a lot harder.” – Erik “Killmonger” Stevens (Michael B. Jordan)
20. “You got all this security in here watching me ever since I walked in. But you ain’t checking for what you put in your body.” – Erik “Killmonger” Stevens (Michael B. Jordan)
21. “Can you believe that? A kid from Oakland walking around believing in fairytales.” – Erik “Killmonger” Stevens (Michael B. Jordan)
22. “I’ve waited my whole life for this. The world’s going to start over. I’ma burn it all!” – Erik “Killmonger” Stevens (Michael B. Jordan)
23. “Just bury me in the ocean with my ancestors who jumped from ships, ’cause they knew death was better than bondage.” – Erik “Killmonger” Stevens (Michael B. Jordan)
24. “I lived my entire life waiting for this moment. I trained, I lied, I killed just to get here. I killed in America, Afghanistan, Iraq… I took life from my own brothers and sisters right here on this continent! And all this death just so I could kill you.” – Erik “Killmonger” Stevens (Michael B. Jordan)
25. “When I tell you to do something, I mean that shit.” – Erik “Killmonger” Stevens (Michael B. Jordan)
What impact has Black Panther made in your life?
I remember seeing Black Panther for the first time on opening night, in a sold-out crowd.
It was such a different experience than seeing any other movie.
It almost felt like I was looking into a mirror, like I was finally being seen for the first time.
I could only imagine how much the movie impacted little black boys and girls, who are seeing themselves portrayed as superheroes on the big screen.
I hope that representation continues to diversify in the film industry.
Representation motivates people worldwide to reach for the stars and chase their dreams.
Which of these Black Panther quotes and lines is your favorite?
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September 12, 2020 at 9:23 AM
“How do you think your ancestors got these? Did they pay a fair price, or did they take them, like they took everything else?”