The latest episode of Saturday Night Live (SNL) paid homage to Black Panther as the long-running comedy show staged a sketch that is supposedly a “Deleted Scene” from the Marvel film. Already almost a month since the movie rolled out in cinemas, the 18th film from the MCU continues to dominate the box office, officially joining the $1 billion dollar film club over the weekend. And SNL helped celebrate the milestone by performing a funny gag spoofing the blockbuster.
Hosted by Sterling K. Brown, this week’s SNL finally included a Black Panther parody. The short sketch saw Brown play a new character, different from his original role in the Ryan Coogler-directed flick as N’Jobu, father of villain Erik Killmonger and uncle to Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa.
The hilarious bit features Chris Redd’s T’Challa waking up in the ancestral plane, where he is greeted by his great-great-grandfather, T’Kanna (Brown). But of course, it won’t be an SNL sketch without a comedic twist. In this case, it’s provided by an uncle-by-marriage played by Kenan Thompson, who is clearly not a Wakanda-native. As he flips burgers, he recounts how he died, given that T’Challa said he thought he’s alive. Apparently, Uncle M’Butu was indeed alive a few days prior until he suggested to his Dora Milaje wife to wear a wig. “That’s the last thing I remember,” he finished. The clip was so hilarious, that even the critically-acclaimed actor, Brown couldn’t keep a straight face during the whole act. See it for yourself in the video above.
This is not the first time that the SNL has referenced Black Panther in their sketches. Last week, Alec Baldwin, who does a regular impression of President Donald Trump, referred to Wakanda as if it’s a real African nation during one of his mock-up speeches. The comment was a hit online with many fans hilariously wondering what the real POTUS thinks about the fictitious country or the film considering his previous comments about the nations in the continent.
Black Panther continues to dominate not just the box office but also social media, with several concepts from the film casually being thrown in people’s day-to-day conversations. Wakanda and its people have quickly charmed the masses to the point that the fictitious nation is being treated as a real country. Its national chant – “Wakanda Forever” and of course, their iconic salute are have been said and practiced not just by fans, but by celebrities and sports personalities as well. Hilariously, a village in Illinois called Wauconda enjoys even just a piece of the limelight that they’re getting.
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