You know how it is. Something which at first seems hilarious or cool or interesting suddenly starts to grate on you. Think of certain catchphrase comedians or every single internet meme ever.
Chadwick Boseman will always be known as King T’Challa/Black Panther and is thus expected to have the sort of patriotic pride for Wakanda one would expect from a royal superhero.
Therefore he must always be on hand to give the Wakandan salute to thrilled fans, no matter how much his arms may be hurting from being crossed too often.
— Lindsay (@MoonpowPow) April 24, 2018
— April Roronoa (@sheepmeshmee) April 24, 2018
Sometimes the 40-year-old actor is more than happy to nerd it up alongside delighted Marvel enthusiasts; beaming into the cameras while showing his allegiance to the vibranium-rich nation.
However, sometimes he is just all of us when we have been in the same job for too long, with the tasks becoming meaningless, repetitive and deathly dull.
I mean, sure Wakanda forever sounds like fun, but Chadwick is living and breathing every minute of it…
Remind yourself why Black Panther is one of the best superhero movies of recent times below:
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Attending the premiere of Avengers: Infinity War, Chadwick looked comically expressionless – yet very dapper – as he dutifully posed for a pic of him doing the one and only Wakandan salute.
His blank, saddened eyes revealed how we all feel when pressured to go on a night out with our many celebrity friends when we would rather be flicking through a takeaway menu on the sofa.
Chadwick’s bored expression while standing on the star-studded purple carpet quickly became a meme, sparking the inevitable hashtag #sadwickboseman.
Many fans paired the disinterested pic with a much more spirited one of Chadwick in the same pose, long before the duties of being a fictional king crushed his spirit.
When I start a job vs when I’ve been working there for a couple of weeks pic.twitter.com/3yUhSeyeHw
— I miss the old kanye (@dale_fromcali) April 24, 2018
“T’challa this, T’challa that.
Nobody ever wanna hear about Chadwick” pic.twitter.com/lxhHw5udlG
— Ol'Man Banter (@luvuyo_maseko) April 24, 2018
— Bryan Green (also named Bort) (@IHearRamonaSing) April 24, 2018
When you regret opening up the gates to Wakanda to everyone. pic.twitter.com/xBS8EyGYf6
— Avengers’ Funeral Coordinator (@Steph_I_Will) April 24, 2018
One person jested:
Wakanda forever vs Wakanda only on Tuesdays.
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Y’all remember that scene from Shrek 2 where he freaks out when the kid asks him to ‘do the roar’?
That’s gonna be Chadwick Boseman next time a photographer gets him to do the Wakanda salute.
Chadwick’s Black Panther co-stars Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright and Winston Duke also joined him for what I imagine was a much more fun filled evening than his pained face would suggest.
wakanda forever vs wakanda only on tuesdays pic.twitter.com/RwNZBUTxlO
— Akinola Verissimo (@blakinola) April 24, 2018
Wakanda some of the time, but not all the time. pic.twitter.com/5axFzKiHXB
— Protein Shaykh (@ProteinShaykh) April 24, 2018
U telling me I have do this 'Wakanda Forever'….Forever? "
— #BLM; Black Land Matters ✊?✊?✊? (@MzwaMbedu) April 24, 2018
Y’all remember that scene from Shrek 2 where he freaks out when the kid asks him to “do the roar”?
That’s gonna be Chadwick Boseman next time a photographer gets him to do the Wakanda salute. pic.twitter.com/TLZ3RXvfgy
— Seán Leary (@seanlaoghaire) April 25, 2018
So what does Chadwick actually think about Avengers: Infinity War? Well, according to Comicbook, he made the following statement about Black Panther’s ‘strong presence’ at a recent press conference:
Avengers: Infinity War is Avengers: Infinity War.
It’s not Black Panther 1.5. … I feel like we have a strong presence in the movie, but it’s its own thing.
— Chadwick Boseman Brasil (@ChadwickBBrasil) April 24, 2018
just a reminder that i love chadwick boseman so much pic.twitter.com/jT5ZBJpu2z
— ☾ (@JustTomHolland) April 24, 2018
Chadwick Boseman looks so done lmao pic.twitter.com/Bf8MOOdYAA
— ⓐⓐⓡⓞⓝ ? (@RegulusGTV) April 25, 2018
Chadwick Boseman: How long I gotta do this “Wakanda Forever” pose?
— Blake. (@PharaohBlake) April 25, 2018
We all get your momentary lapse of enthusiasm, Chadwick. I personally wore the same expression for weeks back in the days when people kept trying to amaze me with ‘The Dress’ over and over again.
However, I can’t promise I won’t pester you to do the Wakandan salute should you ever be passing through Manchester…
Avengers: Infinity War can be watched by non celeb folks in cinemas from April 27 in the US and April 26 in the UK.
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.