The cultural import of Black Panther cannot be overstated. It delivers not just the first mainstream film depiction of a black superhero, but an entire world of black characters living in a country unmarred by the effects of white colonialism. As someone from a different marginalized group, I cannot state emphatically enough how important it is for people to see themselves represented in stories. Black Panther is a watershed moment.
Brie Larson, star of the upcoming Captain Marvel movie, recognizing the importance of Black Panther, tweeted this on Friday:
It should be noted as well that Brie Larson's upcoming film will be the first female-led Marvel Cinematic Universe movie. So she is no stranger to the ways in which representation can shift hearts and minds.
Twitter users quickly obliged:
Larson actually got in the trenches, connecting people to get tickets in the hands of those who needed them.
There was Catherine...
Trying to get my clients from a group home of 12 to a matinee next Saturday!!— Catherine M (@catmiggs) February 17, 2018
Not yet! Shooting for a matinee and the theater has $5 tickets but I’m dealing with adults with mental illness and my agency doesn’t fund tickets!— Catherine M (@catmiggs) February 17, 2018
if you're looking for a third, i'll gladly chip in to get y'all to wakanda— nora's mom (@pizza5evr) February 17, 2018
Oh my goodness I’m near tears over here. We got it completely covered and I think we have enough for some small popcorns so thank you from the bottoms of my heart everyone. I literally am in shock and awe at your kindness! My clients are going to be so happy!!— Catherine M (@catmiggs) February 17, 2018
Thank you for dedicating your life to helping others! We are so grateful for you. Enjoy the film. Hope everyone has a great day:)— Brie Larson (@brielarson) February 17, 2018
This is incredible.— Matt B (@MatBabsOfficial) February 18, 2018
To take 15 (3 per class in our grade) would cost $210. We have $105 so far but some gift cards haven’t been received. I don’t know how much hasn’t come through.
Ok! Let’s keep chipping away. We will get there. I’d love for us to overreach your goal though. We need more than 3 per class :)— Brie Larson (@brielarson) February 18, 2018
And Sammy Paul...
What a lovey idea! I'm well up for this, 4 or 5 tickets on me. Hit me up!— Sammy Paul (@ICOEPR) February 17, 2018
Done and done, tickets are with them now! Thanks so much for setting this up.— Sammy Paul (@ICOEPR) February 17, 2018
And K.R. Whalen...
And many, many more. If you can spare the price of admission, head over to Brie Larson's Twitter page (specific tweet linked here), and comment with how many you can help out with! Let's get everyone who wants to see this movie into theater seats!