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Why Wakanda Forever Is Bigger Than 'Black Panther'

Coming off the successful February debut of “Black Panther,” some of Marvel fan’s favorite characters from Wakanda are returning to the big screen to join a superhero team in “Avengers: Infinity War.”

Since the film’s release, the phrase “Wakanda forever” from “Black Panther” has taken over social media. Star Winston Duke, who plays M’Baku, told Variety, “It’s taken on a life of its own.”

“Like I’ve always said [about] ‘Black Panther’ — there’s a movie and then there’s the event around the movie that’s something even more than we could’ve imagined,” Duke explained. He said he is “just happy that it’s reaching into a lot of different hearts and a lot of different minds.”

Anthony Mackie, who has played Falcon since 2014’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” added that the success of “Black Panther” was predictable. “Moviegoers are not isolated, one-minded people,” Mackie said. “Moviegoers are open-minded, intelligent, fun, easily excitable people.”

He continued, “So if you give them good product, they’ll relate to that.”

Viewers of “Avengers: Infinity War” are bound to find a character they relate to, as the film brings together dozens of characters across the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther.

“Avengers: Infinity War” is in theaters now.

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