Octavia Spencer is doing something heroic to celebrate the release of Marvel’s new superhero tentpole “Black Panther,” she is personally bringing “Black Panther” to Mississippi. 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.” The movie opens Feb.16.
Spencer, an Oscar winner who is nominated for her supporting role in “The Shape of Water,” financed free screenings for the 2016’s “Hidden Figures,” the true story of African-American mathematicians who helped calculate success in the early years of NASA’s space program.
“Black Panther” already has outsold other superhero movies on Fandango, Variety reports. After a star-studded premiere earlier this week, buzz is building for the Marvel Studio movie starring Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, the superhero-powered king of a technologically advanced African nation, Wakanda, which is under attack by foes.
While reviews are still embargoed, praise is coming from fans who are impressed with the women cast alongside Boseman as scientists, warriors and royalty, The Los Angeles Times reports.