Popular culture has always influenced broad social customs in unexpected ways, and few places is this more apparent than in the proliferation of weddings and marriage proposals “themed” after various fictional properties. The last decade alone has seen an explosion in weddings themed after everything from Star Wars to superheroes to the Harry Potter franchise, and that’s just the most prominent examples.
Now, check out a heartwarming new viral clip in which a Power Rangers cosplayer uses a photo shoot to pop the question to his partner.
Posted to Facebook by cosplayer James Reese, the video clip takes the form of a photo shoot featuring the pair costumed as members of “Dino Super Charge” (aka Season 12) Power Rangers. During a back-to-back pose, Reese’s partner Anthony Grillo (as the White Ranger) produces a ring and gestures for the cameraman to capture the reaction of Reese (as the Aqua Ranger) when he turns around to find his partner having taken a traditional knee.
Said Reese, in text accompanying the posted video:
“You guys know that Anthony and I never do anything mediocre, we always have to be over-the-top! So, with that said, he had to make sure that the next step in our lives was more than special, it had to more Morphinominal! Anthony got down on one knee, in his ranger suit to ask me to be his forever ranger! Today, we are announcement [sic] our engagement! I said yes! Rangers Together, Love Forever! #Love #RangersForever #LoveForever thank you to our good friend Kevin Christopher Bianchi for filming and being a part of this very special moment in our life!”
Now in it’s 23rd season (with a 24th, “Power Rangers Ninja Steel,” already in production for 2017), Power Rangers remains one of the most popular entertainment brands on the planet. Derived by combining footage from the similarly long-running Japanese Super Sentai action series with new scenes featuring English-speaking actors, the series has entertained generations of fans and is particularly popular on the cosplay circuit thanks to a wide array of costume variations afforded to each new team of heroes.
A new feature film, said to be a dramatic reimagining of the original 1990s “Mighty Morphin” incarnation of the franchise, is now in production and is set to release in 2017. Saban Entertainment (which created the original series and recently re-acquired the rights from Disney) is producing the new film along with Lionsgate, and has signaled that the television side of the property will continue into further seasons as well.