'Black Panther' spawns the latest internet craze: the M'Baku Challenge

Winston Duke as M’Baku in <em>Black Panther</em>. (Photo: Marvel)
Winston Duke as M’Baku in Black Panther. (Photo: Marvel)

Black Panther continues to rule Hollywood — and, for that matter, the world; it has now earned $905 million at the global box office after only three weeks of release. With $506.4 million of that total earned here in the States, it now stands as the ninth-highest-grossing film in U.S. history. With little competition on its immediate horizon, that sum should only continue to grow in the coming weeks — although it’s not the sole arena in which Ryan Coogler’s Marvel Cinematic Universe blockbuster is reigning, as confirmed by a new craze sweeping social media.

The M’Baku Challenge (#MBakuChallenge) involves people reciting the speech given by Winston Duke’s M’Baku shortly before he engages in ritual combat for the Wakandan throne against Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa. And it has become such an immediate hit that Duke himself has already chimed in, encouraging more people to post videos of themselves trying to live up to his performance:

Fans have more than happily complied:

The winner so far, however, seems to be the young kid featured in the Instagram video below, whose rendition of M’Baku’s fiery oration caught the attention of Duke, Boseman, and Killmonger himself, Michael B. Jordan:

Feel free to share your own M’Baku impressions in the comments below.

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