Skip to main content

The Sight of Michael B. Jordan in Black Panther Made a Girl Break Her Retainer, but He Will Help Fix It

This fan's experience speaks to many of us.


michael b. jordan black panther

In one of those instances of virality that’s quirkier than fiction, an orthodontist offhandedly shared a story of an anonymous patient, who needed her retainer fixed after the sheer force of her reaction to seeing Erik Killmonger onscreen caused the thing to snap. Then the Internet got involved, and now the actor himself has offered to come to her aid.

The web-based fairy tale started on Tumblr, when an orthodontist reblogged a “get you a man who can do both” post about Killmonger with a personal account of Jordan’s impact in his workplace.

michael b. jordan tumblr story

We all know the scene in question: when Jordan’s Killmonger peels off his shirt in preparation to fight T’Challa at the waterfall.

The post was popular on Tumblr, but then it made the leap to Twitter with further reaction:

This tweet went viral—and the subject of the orthodontist’s story chose to “out” herself:

For those who don’t live on social media with the youth, hyperbolic language like this is pretty standard. Sophia emphasized later that she was not thinking of self-harming. The orthodontist’s original post was also not a HIPAA violation (lawyers have chimed in!), as the patient was not named, and she’s the one who decided to acknowledge who she was.

From there, the whole thing turned into a meme-riffic sensation.

Sophia’s prayers were answered, because Michael B. Jordan has swooped to the rescue. First, he followed her, an honor indeed:

Then, the gentlemanly Jordan tweeted on his own account that he’d be happy to help replace Sophia’s retainer, seeing as how he was “partly responsible.”

Fans were on board with this, and had their own questions for Jordan.

Sophia seems to be handling her sudden Internet notoriety with the grace and humor of a person raised in the age of memes, and Jordan’s classy response makes this whole thing have a happy ending.

Beyond the good-natured humor here, I think it resonated so much at least partially because many of us could identify with Sophia’s predicament, if not her exact circumstances.

(via Twitter, images: Marvel Entertainment, screengrabs)

Want more stories like this? Become a subscriber and support the site!

The Mary Sue has a strict comment policy that forbids, but is not limited to, personal insults toward anyone, hate speech, and trolling.—

Have a tip we should know? [email protected]

Filed Under:

Follow The Mary Sue:

Kaila is a lifelong New Yorker. She's written for io9, Gizmodo, New York Magazine, The Awl, Wired, Cosmopolitan, and once published a Harlequin novel you'll never find.