UPDATE: Spencer Buys Out ‘Panther’ Screenings in Mississippi

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Actress Octavia Spencer plans to buy out a screening of Marvel’s “Black Panther” in an underserved Mississippi community when the film premiers on Feb. 16.

UPDATE: Octavia Spencer announced the screenings for underprivileged youth on Instagram, with showings at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. at Cinemark Pearl and XD (411 Riverwind Drive) on Feb. 17. She also shared that “The Help” director Tate Taylor and producer John Norris purchased a 2:30 p.m. at United Artists Natchez Mall 4 (350 John R. Junkin Drive, Natchez) on the same day. All screenings are first come first served.

Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer’s response to Marvel Studio’s latest superhero film, “Black Panther,” stands out even amid praise from other celebrities at early screenings.

Spencer, who will be in Mississippi when “Black Panther” opens on Feb. 16, took to Instagram yesterday, Jan. 31, with a plan to buy out a film screening in an underserved community in the state. The goal would be to allow more children of color to see themselves represented in the world of superheroes.

“I will let you know where and when, Mississippi. Stay tuned,” she wrote. She alsoused the hashtag, “#KingsAndQueensWillRise.”

“Black Panther” tells the story of King T’Challa, who protects the fictional African nation of Wakanda in the guise of his heroic alter ego, Black Panther. Actor Chadwick Boseman first portrayed the character in 2016’s “Captain America: Civil War.”