- South African cinema opening of Black Panther took place on the same day as the SONA2018, forcing many people to have to choose between the two historic events
- All over the world, fans dressed up to attend the opening of the movie which had, before even opening, looked set to break box-office records
- The Marvel superhero movie featuring a black superhero has been celebrated for bringing African culture into sharp focus and creating positive black role models to subvert previous sterotypical portrayal of black characters on the silver screen as villans
South Africans, in fact, all Africans, have been waiting for the release of Marvel's latest movie, Black Panther, featuring a black African superhero and set in part in a fantastical futuristic African nation which people are hailing as an example of how African might be today if colonialism hadn't disrupted the progress of African civilisation.
Briefly.co.za looks at some of the amazing outfits and comments shared by fans on social media after having gone to see the movie, which hit screens in South Africa on the same day as SONA2018, Friday, 16 February, 2018.
While some people had to choose between the political events and the movie's opening, many still managed to get to both in the weekend the movie opened in South African cinemas.
People took to twitter to comment about how proud they were of the South African talent featured in the film's cast and soundtrack.
John Kani was celebrated by some fans as a "national treasure".
And Babes Wodumo, who featured on the soundtrack, was also a great source of conversation on twitter threads showing people in cosplay to celebrate the film's opening.
Here are some of the classiest looks people were sporting:
While some dressed in traditional garb, others just hung together and celebrated black excellence.
Of course, not just the famous got in on the action. This video of a guy showing off his moves also got people talking, saying he deserves a role in the movie.
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