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What’s better than seeing Marvel Studios’ latest film early? Watching it with seeing Serena Williams.

Williams treated a group of tech-savvy Black girls with a viewing of Black Panther. The tennis champ and her new hubby, Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian organized a private screening for about 40 members of Black Girls Code. reports that the girls gathered Thursday night at a theater in San Francisco, and they had no idea Williams would be there.

When she popped up, the girls naturally went crazy. But could you blame them? She’s the closest thing we have to a real-life superhero.

As she explained, the screening was Ohanian’s idea, but it was a cultural experience she would never miss. “This is a huge moment for us and for Black people,” Williams told the girls. “We’ve never had a superhero movie,” she added. “So, we’re so excited. I feel like I’ve waited my whole life for this.”

There might be some Shuris among the group, and we hope they were paying attention to the possibilities.


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