Black Panther is finally in theatres and the film is receiving massive support from all over the world. As usual, like every comic book movie, the standalone film also had several easter eggs for fans to spot. But did the audience notice a special reference just for the fans in India?
Warning: This article contains minor spoilers to Black Panther
The character known as M’Baku played by Winston Duke was the one to present the interesting Easter egg for the Indian audience. At one point in the film, M’Baku shouts out “Long live the Glory to Hanuman” making a reference to an Indian origin god.
UPDATE: The word ‘Hanuman’ was reportedly censored by the Indian censor board.
Unfortunately, the word “Hanuman” was muted in India’s theatrical release print. While many may have confused it to be a swear word, M’Baku, in fact, says Hanuman.
Hanuman is a Hindu deity who has the face of a monkey. He is well-known for his strength attributes and he is certainly an interesting reference to be placed in Black Panther.
M’Baku is the leader of a clan known as Jabari, one of the tribes that exist in Wakanda. Fans who have watched the film would have already seen them in action and display their courage and strength. Furthermore, since M’Baku is also the ruler of Gorilla City, the Hanuman Easter egg was a perfect choice.
This isn’t the first time a Marvel movie has made an Indian reference. In 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, a scene involving Tony Stark revealed him making an international call to Peter Parker and the billionaire is shown attending an Indian wedding.
The reactions from the audience are similar to the critics’ initial response from the day of Black Panther premiere. Furthermore, the movie also stands fresh with a 97 percent score in Rotten Tomatoes.
Directed by Ryan Coogler, Black Panther is in theatres and a recent report from THR has revealed that the film is eyeing a $205 million box office opening.
Black Panther/T’Challa played by Chadwick Boseman will once again appear this year in Avengers: Infinity War. The threequel is set to release a week earlier in India on April 27th and will hit theaters on May 4th in the US.
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