Black Panther has taken over Sunday Night Football. Uploaded on Sunday Night Football's Twitter, a 2-second clip features Los Angeles Chargers offensive tackle Russell Okung saying he studied at the fictional Wakanda Tech, as opposed to his real life alma mater Oklahoma State University. Okung even went so far as to put on an African accent for his introduction.
Unsurprisingly, many followers had a blast with this clip, with comments ranging from praising Wakanda Tech to some saying they're also taking online classes at the school. It has even reached the point where one user on Wikipedia even added Wakanda Tech under Oklahoma State on Okung's page.
While meant as a joke, the clip also shows just how prominent a character the Black Panther has become throughout the year. Had this joke been made years ago, not very many people would have been familiar with Wakanda. Now, like its ruler, the country has become a household name and proves the staying power of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Black Panther is slated to return in Avengers 4, which stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Brie Larson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan, Evangeline Lilly and Josh Brolin. The film arrives May 3, 2019.