Octavia Spencer is doing something heroic to celebrate the release of Marvel’s new superhero tentpole “Black Panther.” The Oscar winner has announced on Instagram that she is planning to buy out a Mississippi movie theater in an underserved community so that black children have the opportunity to watch “Black Panther” for free. Spencer will be in Mississippi when the movie opens in theaters.
“I will be in [Mississippi] when this movie opens,” Spencer wrote to her over 290,000 followers. “I think I will buy out a theatre in an underserved community there to ensure that all our brown children can see themselves as a superhero. I will let you know where and when Mississippi. Stay tuned.”
Spencer is just one of many people planning to buy out screenings of “Blank Panther” to give underprivileged kids the chance to see the superhero movie for free. New Yorker Frederick Joseph raised $40,000 on GoFundMe to buy out a screening in Harlem, and he’s created the #BlackPantherChallenge that urges other people in communities all over the country to start similar campaigns to raise money for free screenings.
“Black Panther” premiered earlier this week and the first reactions have been extremely positive. Critics are saying the tentpole is an “astonishing” achievement, the “James Bond of the Marvel Cinematic Universe,” and the movie that “will save blockbusters.” Fandango just announced the film is outpacing all other superhero films in terms of advanced tickets, and the box office is expected to be in the $120 million range for opening weekend.
“Black Panther” opens in theaters nationwide February 16.