Chadwick Boseman Reveals How He Came Up With The ‘Wakanda Forever’ Salute, Talks ‘Black Panther’ Memes On ‘The Late Show’

Chadwick Boseman may get asked about his “Black Panther” “Wakanda Forever” salute wherever he goes but that didn’t stop Stephen Colbert quizzing him about the pose once again during Wednesday’s “Late Show”.

Boseman, 40, who plays the lead character in the much-loved Marvel movie, was questioned about one “Avengers: Infinity War” meme in particular, which showed him looking like he was fed up of doing the salute while posing for photographers on the red carpet.

The actor shared of the snap, “I thought it was funny. I thought it was funny, what people were saying. It’s like a salute, you know?

“If I was in the military and I did this every day, I’m not going to do it the same every time. Sometimes it’s more pedestrian. So that person, whoever I was doing it to at that moment, caught a casual one. Three minutes before that, I probably did one that was fully yes!”

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Boseman’s appearance also saw him explain how he and director Ryan Coogler came up with the “Wakanda Forever” pose in the first place.

He explained, “We were doing the scene in the throne room, and Ryan came to me and was basically like, ‘We need some way for the Dora Milaje, the king’s guard, to sort of salute you.’ We had been talking about these sort of poses that have ancient meanings. This was sort of like an Egyptian pharaoh.

“It was that idea and it means a lot of different things, too. You could also turn it into a fighting style at certain moments. So ‘Wakanda Forever’ could be ‘Wakanda Never.’ Step away from me!”

This certainly isn’t the first time Boseman has spoken about the salute, with him saying on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” last month: “If I don’t want to do it, I have to not leave the house, pretty much. I have been chased in cars!”

Catch “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”, airing weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT on Global; you can also watch full episodes online.

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