Co-stars Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke, who play adversaries Nakia and M'Baku, were students at the Yale School of Drama at the same time (Nyong'o was Class of '12 and Duke was Class of '13). They saw The Avengers (2012) together when it released, and were so awestruck by it they said hoped to get a chance to star in a similar film one day. Duke, in fact, would later return as M'Baku in the Avengers sequel Avengers: Infinity War (2018).
Director Ryan Coogler compared the Wakanda vibranium mines to the real-life situation of the Congo mines, where the valuable mineral coltan (used in manufacturing digital products, found only in the Congo region) is being mined.
In response to being asked what it felt like being one of the only few non-black actors on set (and sometimes the only non-black actor on set), Martin Freeman said "You think, 'Right, this is what black actors feel like all the time?'".
During an interview with Michel Martin on the radio program "All Things Considered," Danai Gurira (Okoye) said that the language spoken by Wakandans is a real language, Xhosa, a South African language characterized by clicks and glottal stops: "It's the same language that is native to Nelson Mandela. It's from the Cape region of South Africa. And Mr. John Kani, who plays T'Challa's father, T'Chaka, he's Xhosa. And so he - they started and agreed to that language being the language of Wakanda in Captain America: Civil War."
To prepare for his role, Michael B. Jordan kept to himself while he was on set, reasoning that his character Killmonger is distant and in conflict with the other characters.
Wesley Snipes wanted to play the Black Panther in the 1990s ever since Marvel approached him with the project, so he went to Columbia Pictures with a script. Given the limitations in special effects at the time, Black Panther's suit would basically be a leotard with cat ears. John Singleton was briefly considered as director, but this never materialized as Snipes insisted on keeping the story situated in Africa, while Singleton wanted to place the character in the USA during the civil rights movement. Another obstacle proved to be the fact that the name 'Black Panther' was still mainly associated with the militant Afro-American activist group. Snipes later worked with Marvel as the vampire hunter Blade in the Blade (1998) franchise, and kept his interest in a Black Panther film, but it never materialized due to disagreements over the script. Ultimately, he got too old to play the part, and Marvel decided to take the story into a different direction within their cinematic universe. Even though he wasn't part of the final project, Snipes has said that he supports the film and Chadwick Boseman's interpretation "1,000 percent".
Wakanda was mentioned as a location on a S.H.I.E.L.D. monitor in Iron Man 2 (2010). The location of Wakanda on the map shown in this film is west of Ethiopia, and in the same place as Southern Sudan.
The Black Panther was created in July 1966, two months before the founding of the Black Panther Party. Many people mistakenly assumed the name referred to the Party, so the character was renamed the Black Leopard. However, neither the readers nor the creators cared for that title, and it didn't last long.
John Kani and his son Atandwa Kani play T'Chaka in his old age and youth, respectively.
Ryan Coogler describe the film's central theme as responsibility and identity: "What do the powerful owe those in need? It separates the good-guys from the villains. What value is strength unless you're using it to help someone? Wakanda pretends to be just another struggling African country, but some of its neighbors are struggling for real. If Wakandans don't stand up for themselves, who will? But if they stand only for themselves, then who are they?"
The fighting in this film is based on African martial arts. The filmmakers also cited the action scenes in Creed (2015) and the Kingsman films as an influence on the style.
Shuri cites the self-lacing shoes from the Back to the Future Part II (1989) as her inspiration for the footwear of the upgraded Black Panther costume.
Three out of every five people in Wakanda go barefoot, a deliberate decision by the costuming department.
The scars on Erik Killmonger's body are a form of body modification called scarification, a dying tradition carried out by some African tribes. Some tribes use it as a form of identity/social status and some to mark milestones achieved in life; for Killmonger, each scar represented a person he had killed. Him doing this to his body can also be seen as a misguided way for him to connect with his African ancestry.
The filmmakers created a unique culture for each of the Wakandan tribes, to get a sense of the country being a mix of different tribes: The Golden Tribe (the royal family) uses a motif of black, and a continental symbol for the sun found throughout Africa. They also have panther-themed designs. The Border Tribe was inspired by Lesotho architecture/language (the Border Tribe symbol is the Lesotho word for "horsemen"), and uses a motif of blue (a national Lesotho color) and wood. They have rhino-themed weapons (attack rhinos, shields and horn-shaped blades). They frequently wear Basotho blankets (the Basotho are the major southern African tribe living in Lesotho). The River Tribe was inspired by the Surma and Mursi tribes of Ethiopia (Nilotic peoples who hail from the River Nile), and uses a motif of shells and green. They wear crocodile skins and leather. The Mining Tribe was inspired by the Himba and Maasai tribes of the southern African regions, and uses a motif of red and orange. They wear lion-themed designs. the Merchant Tribe was inspired by the Tuareg tribe of the Sahara (nomadic Islamic-influenced tribes), and uses a motif of purple. The Jabari Tribe was inspired by the Bari, Igbo and Dogon tribes of the western African regions (shamanistic naturalist tribes). They wear fur and wood to honor their sacred animal the gorilla.
Black Panther is the first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to have its opening weekend domestic box office surpass its production cost. It cost $200 million to make the movie, and its Thursday night, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday opening weekend domestic box office was $202 million.
When Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) broke the spear he was holding to make it a hand held weapon before he started his challenge with T'Challa it was a nod to the African warrior Shaka Zulu, one of the biggest military leaders in history. He couldn't understand why the Zulus would throw away their spears in battle so he developed a short stabbing spear.
Andy Serkis impressed Director Ryan Coogler to no end with his physical ability to take dives, do falls and just throw his body around, all while understanding the parameters of the VFX for his sonic blaster arm cannon, as if his real arm weren't there.
Gorilla City, home to the Jabari Tribe, was originally set in a rain forest. Ryan Coogler felt that was too obvious, and suggested that it be set in a snow-covered mountain.
Director Ryan Coogler brought in consultants who are experts on African history and politics to work on defining Wakanda: "There are many African countries, each with different histories, mythologies, and cultures. There are several tribes who live amongst each other and together they make the identity of their country. We honed in on some of the history/cultural influences from African countries and then made estimations."
Erik Killmonger is based on his version in the comics (a Wakandan exile who seeks to overthrow his country), but incorporates elements of T'Shan (T'Challa's envious cousin) and the White Wolf (a relative of the Black Panther who becomes a villainous extremist and wears a Black Panther-styled habit).
During screenings at the Alamo Drafthouse, there would be a PSA in which Chadwick Boseman stares straight at the camera. He warns the audience not to talk or use their phones during the movie, as it is the Alamo Drafthouse's policy. And he warns that he is always watching. But the bit would continue after the film ends. After the credits roll, and the post credit scenes play, the screen would go back to a few seconds. Only to suddenly cut to a quick extreme close up of Boseman, yelling at the audience, "I am still watching!"
Comic book writer Jonathan Maberry, author of the DOOMWAR arc, first learned about apartheid as a young teen because of the Black Panther's appearance in the Fantastic Four comic (issue #119). This encouraged him to break away from the upbringing of his racist father (a member of the KKK in Philadelphia). The editors at Marvel did not know this when they offered him the job of writing the Panther comic. Maberry often cites the Panther as one of the most significant positive influences on his life.
The Dora Milaje translates to The Adored Ones, a group of female soldiers who protect Wakanda. In the comics, each of the tribes sends their most powerful female fighters to join the Dora Milaje guard.
In the comics, Shuri takes over as the Black Panther from T'Challa. This is homaged in the film where she appears to challenge her brother for the throne.
Composer Ludwig Göransson traveled to South Africa and visited the International Library of African Music in Grahamstown to listen to the musical archives "thousands of different tribes in Africa". He also traveled to Senegal and South Africa to record local musicians to form the "base" of the music.
Wakanda's Warrior Falls are visually based on Iguazu Falls, on the border of Brazil and Argentina, Victoria Falls, on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, and the Oribi Gorge, a canyon in South Africa.
Ludwig Göransson utilized specific West African instruments for the rivalry between T'Challa and Killmonger. For T'Challa he used the talking drum (a drum designed to change pitch by adjusting pressure as you play); for Killmonger he used the tambin flute.
Black Panther was the first of the Marvel characters whose movie rights reverted back to Marvel, having been previously owned by Artisan Entertainment and Columbia Pictures. Marvel got the rights back in 2005.
Ryan Coogler insisted on bringing in collaborators from his previous films, to put his own stamp on the film and differentiate it from other MCU films that he felt were "shot, composed, and edited by the same house people." Coogler brought in cinematographer Rachel Morrison, production designer Hannah Beachler, and composer Ludwig Göransson, who all worked with him on Fruitvale Station (2013). Frequent collaborator Michael B. Jordan was also cast in the film as the main villain, Erikk Killmonger.
No scenes were filmed in Africa. All Wakanda scenes were filmed in Georgia. The Korean scenes were shot on location in Korea.
Rondavels (modern buildings that resemble African huts) are seen at the tops of Wakanda's skyscrapers, inspired by the mountains at Blyde River Canyon, South Africa.
The Royal Talon Remote Pilot System is voiced by South African comedian Trevor Noah.
While in London (UK) promoting the film, Martin Freeman introduced his young son Joseph to his co-star Danai Gurira who played Okoye, the boy's favorite character in the film. According to Danai, the boy was so entranced by the experience he would not let go of her hand. Danai was deeply touched by how the film had so completely captured the imagination of one so young.
Animal shelters have reported adoption rates for black cats increasing following the release of the movie, with many cats being named after the characters.
Despite being released 2 years after Captain American: Civil War (which marked Black Panther first appearance in the MCU), the events of this film take place a week after the events of that film.
Killmonger wears a golden version of T'Challa's Black Panther suit, which makes him resemble a leopard. In the comics, he owned a leopard named Preyy.
In one of the areas where Wakandan glyphs move on translucent walls, one wall is blue and has "4" written on it. This is a homage to the Marvel superhero group the Fantastic Four, in whose comics the Black Panther and Ulysses Klaw made their debut appearances.
The ancestral plane is known in the comics as the DJalia (named for the djali, a West African ancestral historian), and is formed from the memories of Wakandan citizens.
For her role as Queen Ramonda, Angela Bassett underwent training with Corey Calliet on a special regimen. Calliet created high-intensity interval training circuits for Bassett focused on her lower body, as "the fastest and the most effective way to burn fat": mountain climbers, jump squats, lunges, push-ups and high knees, in intervals of 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off, up to an hour at a time.
T'Challa tells Klaue "Every breath you take is mercy from me." This is a line from Jonathan Hickman's "New Avengers" comic, where he said it to Namor the Sub-Mariner, with whom he was at war.
According to Hannah Beachler, there are circular designs featured throughout Wakanda (suns, rings, etc) to represent completeness and eternity.
Michael B. Jordan initially auditioned for the role of Sam Wilson/The Falcon back in 2013 before being cast in this film three years later. The role was taken by Anthony Mackie, who was also cast in Triple 9 (2016) when Jordan dropped out.
The museum that appears in the early part of the movie, that is supposed to be in Britain, is actually the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia.
Part of the film is set in Oakland, California, where Ryan Coogler grew up. It was also the setting for his first feature length movie, Fruitvale Station (2013).
Costume designer Ruth E. Carter cites the clothes of the African tribes the Maasai, the Himba, the Dogon, the Basotho, the Tuareg, the Turkana, the Xhosa, the Zulu, the Suma and the Dinka as an influence on Wakanda clothing. Carter also studied the works of contemporary fashion designers Issei Miyake, Yves Saint-Laurent and Donna Karan.
This was the 18th film released by Marvel Studios for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In the 2015 London production of the 2009 play Eclipsed, written by Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright played the lead role, known only as "The Girl". In 2016, when the play opened on Broadway, Lupita Nyong'o played "The Girl."
This was the first live-action film to be shown in Saudi Arabia in 35 years. The first film was The Emoji Movie (2017), at a film festival in Jeddah.
Ryan Coogler says T'Chaka will have a major impact on the Marvel Universe: "T'Challa wants to do something different than his father, but the father was thinking ahead and beyond the boundaries of Wakanda."
The horned mask Killmonger wears visually calls back to a mask Killmonger himself wore in a duel with T'Challa in Reginald Hudlin's "Black Panther" comic (which appears in the film), as well as the mask the demon Mephisto wore when he appeared in Christopher Priest's "Black Panther" comic.
The horse used in the film was a Clydesdale, because they have the same gait as a rhino, so their hips move similarly.
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Djimon Hounsou and Anthony Mackie were considered for the role of T'Challa. All three would go on to play other characters in Marvel films: Agbaje was Algrim/Kurse in Thor: The Dark World (2013). Hounsou was Korath in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). Mackie was Sam Wilson/Falcon in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Ant-Man (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018).
The first mention of the metal Vibranium in the MCU was in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) when Steve Rogers curiously uncovers a round shield and Howard Stark clarifies its alloy name and properties. However, in the original Marvel comics Earth-616 continuity, Dr. Myron Mclain created Captain America's shield using a mixture of Vibranium, steel, and an unknown catalyst that was inadvertently included when Mclain fell asleep while working. Upon waking, he discovered the mixture's remarkable strength & properties & named it "Proto-Adamantium". Desperate to recreate the same "accidental" alloy for the U.S. Army to help win World War II, his next attempt resulted in the creation of "True Adamantium" (which is nearly as strong as PA) and was the metal that was bonded to Wolverine's skeleton in the Weapon X program.
When Shuri gets T'Challa to test out his new "sneakers" (38:58), you can briefly see a series of characters on the surfaces, written in Wakandan glyphs, which correspond to 26 letters in the Roman alphabet. When deciphered, the letters read "Heir Tchaka", a reference to T'Challa's lineage (his father being T'Chaka), as well as being a joke reference to a popular brand of basketball shoe ("Air Jordan").
Ava DuVernay was approached to direct and actually met with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige and star Chadwick Boseman, but their visions of the movie did not come together.
When Chadwick Boseman won Best Hero at the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards, he invited James Shaw Jr., who is dubbed the Waffle House Hero by the media, up to the stage and gave him the award as he felt that he deserved it more. Shaw subdued a gunman at a Waffle House in Nashville, Tennessee. The gunman killed four people, yet Shaw was able to prevent any other people from getting killed. Shaw was humbled by Boseman's acknowledgment.
Dorothy Steel was treated with great respect when she was on set filming her scenes, being 91 years old; she was considered the resident grandmother. Chadwick Boseman would often give her a hug.
Production designer Hannah Beachler created a 515-page bible on the history of Wakanda.
Nakia is always in green. The environment is green. It represents her being from the River Tribe and also blending in with the circumstances she sees herself as part of the outside world, even though she's Wakandan.
The movie became the top-grossing film in history, to its release, to be directed and written by African-Americans Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole featuring a predominantly black cast with the first major movie superhero played by an African protagonist.
Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis, Bilbo and Gollum of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) and sequels, were affectionately know on the predominantly 'black' set as the "Tolkien White Guys".
The Black Panther uniforms seen in the film come from several designs in the character's comic history: T'Chaka's uniform comes from the "Black Panther: Man Without Fear" storyline. the nanomite uniforms come from Ta-Nehisi Coates's Black Panther comic. Killmonger's black and gold uniform was the Panther suit in Christopher Priest's Black Panther comic.
John Singleton was at one point attached to direct a film version of the character, envisioning Chiwetel Ejiofor for the lead. Ejiofor ended up being cast as Mordo in Doctor Strange (2016), which is also part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Daniel Kaluuya, who plays W'Kabi, actually fed the apple to a horse during filming; then in post-production, the VFX team went in and wrapped a digital rhino around the horse for the final version of this shot in the film.
While scouting in South Africa, the filmmakers came across a rhinoceros named M-20 at a game reserve. They were so impressed by him, they named W'Kabi's rhino in the film after him and gave him an equally impressive horn. They later learned that M-20's horn had to be cut off to protect him from poachers-but his horn lives on in the film.
T'Challa's new Black Panther suit has the ability to dematerialize and contain itself inside of his tooth necklace. This is exactly the same ability demonstrated by Star Lord's mask in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), as it too can dematerialize and store itself inside a small chip that he keeps behind his ear.
The Dora Milaje (female warriors guarding the king) were cast from a pool of actresses, stunt women and Broadway dancers, so that each individual Dora could have specialized skills that they brought to the table. The process of finding these women was so long and difficult that people in the casting department humorously dubbed the search "Finding Dora".
One of very few recent roles for Andy Serkis, in which his real face and most of his real body are used ; he has become famous for acting in a motion-capture suit, or supplying only a voice.
The location for the Oakland apartment building was shot in Atlanta, near the church where Martin Luther King Jr. is buried. During production, MLK's daughter visited production, shook everyone's hand and blessed the project.
This film marked director Ryan Coogler's third collaboration with Michael B. Jordan, after Fruitvale Station (2013) and Creed (2015).
This film, about an African superhero, releases in Black History Month (February), when African culture is celebrated across the US, Canada and UK.
Black Panther (2018) is the fifth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to gross a billion dollars worldwide (following The Avengers (2012), Iron Man 3 (2013), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), and Captain America: Civil War (2016)), but the only one of these five not to feature Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man.
The filmmakers cite the crime drama A Prophet (2009), the 1970s films of Francis Ford Coppola and the James Bond films as an influence on the story, describing it as "a big, operatic family drama centered on a world of crime and international espionage."
Michael B. Jordan is the second actor who had previously played Johnny Storm/the Human Torch to appear in a Marvel Cinematic Universe film. The first was Chris Evans, who played Johnny Storm in the Tim Story Fantastic Four films and then became Captain America/Steve Rogers in the MCU. Ironically, between this film and Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther will have fought both of them.
Killmonger's scarification was created through prosthetic makeup.Makeup designer Joel Harlow and three other makeup artists took nearly two-and-a-half hours to apply 90 individually sculpted silicone molds on Michael B. Jordan.
The Wakanda amphitheater was built on a backlot in Atlanta. It was about 120 feet wide and 40 feet tall, with 150,000 gallons of water running through it and a system of tunnels in the back that allowed over 100 extras to access the various elevations. Inspiration for the amphitheater comes from Oribi Gorge, a canyon in southern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, with beautiful colors and layered rocks.
T'Chaka and T'Challa are speaking in Xhosa, which is the South African dialect that was used for Wakandan. Celebrated South African actor John Kani, who portrays King T'Chaka, used his native accent when he appeared in Captain America: Civil War, and Chadwick Boseman picked it up from him as well.
This film uses a number of African languages mixed together; not just Xhosa. This includes a fair amount of Kiswahili.
The silver shoulder armor worn by Lupita Nyong'o (Nakia) was referred to on set as "The Armadillo" by costume designer Ruth E. Carter.
Ryan Coogler wanted the film to feature the supervillain Kraven the Hunter, who has been a rival of the Panther. However, the character is primarily a Spider-Man enemy and Sony/Columbia Pictures holds the rights to Spider-Man, and so they refused permission. Ironically, Sony/Columbia Pictures used to own the right to Black Panther himself, before selling him back to Marvel in 2005.
In Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) Captain America and Iron Man talk about that Howard Stark (Iron Man's father) extracted all vibranium from Wakanda decades ago. Therefore, in this movie it is revealed that Wakanda has an unlimited reserve of vibranium from a meteor crash in the country millions of years ago.
The Wakandans use displays of nanites (millions of microscopic machines that form different shapes), in contrast to the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, who use holograms (Iron Man, Asgard) or viewscreens (Guardians of the Galaxy). This is the third major superhero film to employ nanite displays, after X-Men (2000) and Man of Steel (2013).
First collaboration between Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman since The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012).
The Wakandan font was designed by Production Designer Hannah Beachler and Graphic Designer Zach Fannin. It is a modern take on Nsibidi, an ancient African writing script of symbols and shapes.
N'Jadaka uses the alias Erik Stevens throughout the film. This is an appropriate name choice, as both the names Erik and Steven have royal connotations: the name Erik translated from Scandinavian means "powerful ruler" or "king", while the name Steven translated from Greek means "crown" or "royalty".
Klaue says he uses SoundCloud, an online service that provides music. This is a clever homage to how in the comics Klaw (as his name was spelled there) used vibranium to gain the power of manipulating sound.
One of the inspirations for Nakia's character was Harriet Tubman. A lot of people don't know that she was a spy; after she went north, she was in the military and worked as a Union spy.
While Shuri may not leave Wakanda often, she reminds us that she is young and connected to the outside world via the internet with her "What are those!?" exclamation for T'Challa's sandals. The line is a nod to a viral Vine meme and is used to call out someone with lame shoes.
Between takes Letitia Wright amused her co-stars by rapping in Shuri costume and was nicknamed "Baby MC Underbite" by Danai Gurira who encouraged her to do it in the first place.
The first superhero and comic book movie to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.
With Michael B. Jordan joining the cast, all three top billed actors for Creed (2015) (also directed by Ryan Coogler) are playing Marvel characters - Sylvester Stallone as Stakar Ogord in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok (2017), and Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger in this film.
Danai Gurira is the fourth cast member from The Walking Dead (2010) to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Michael Rooker portraying Yondu Udonta in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Jon Bernthal portraying Frank Castle/The Punisher in Daredevil (2015) and Travis Love as a Jabari warrior in this film.
When Killmonger returns to his childhood apartment and goes through his father's notebook, a handwritten map is briefly shown (1:26:37) together with some coordinates and the text "if you can reach these coordinates you have a chance to make it to Wakanda". The coordinates (2 39'30.19" S ; 29 0'29.36" E) is actually in the south-western part of the African Republic of Rwanda; close to the place where the borders of DR Congo, Burundi and Rwanda meets.
The opening prologue was in and out of the script, before it was decided to keep it in the film. Sterling K. Brown, who plays N'Jobu, narrates the story of Wakanda to his son N'Jadaka, played by Seth Carr.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II auditioned for the role of M'Baku. He would later go on to play the villain Black Manta in the DCEU film Aquaman (2018).
Mount Bashenga is where the vibranium reserves are stored and the location of Shuri's lab, Wakanda Design Group, which is production designer Hannah Beachler's favorite set. Shuri, played by Letitia Wright, is the smartest person in Wakanda and is said to be the smartest person in the Marvel Universe.
To create the film's score, Göransson had a 92-piece live orchestra, a 40-person choir, and over 40 different musicians playing traditional African instruments. Much as the filmmakers had a color story woven throughout the film, there are leitmotifs, which are musical cues representing the characters throughout the film's narrative and which develop alongside them.
The filmmakers designed the mask that Killmonger is "feeling" with a combination of different African animals: the antelope antlers, a simian face and the mane of a lion. It symbolizes the idea that Killmonger himself is an amalgam of different things. It also resembles a mask Killmonger wore in the comics.
The character of Everett K Ross is inspired by Family Ties (1982) Alex P Keaton and Friends (1994) Chandler Bing.
Everett Ross tells T'Challa that vibranium linked to the Sokovia attack led back to Klaue. This refers to events that transpired in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
For the scene when Killmonger barges into the Wakanda throne room and challenges T'challa, Michael B. Jordan said his mental approach to play the scene was as if he was from a low-income neighborhood and had being invited to his rich cousin's house for Thanksgiving.
In May 2018 - One of three Marvel superhero movies in theaters at the same time: "Black Panther", "Deadpool 2" and "Avengers: Infinity War".
The Warrior Falls set piece sequence, filmed in Atlanta, became quite problematic in that the 10-hour daily shoots were causing the actors to develop severely bloodshot eyes. At first the production thought the cause may have been due to the chlorine in the water, but that did not check out. It was ultimately determined that lengthy exposure to the sun's overhead rays was further exacerbated by the sun's reflection coming from all the water. Sunglasses with UV protection were eventually required for all actors between takes.
The Dora Milaje wears neck rings. These are known as dzilla, and come from the Ndebele people of the southern African regions, where these wives wear these rings as a sign of matrimonial loyalty. This is a tribute to the comics, where the Dora Milaje were meant to serve as wives-in-training to the Black Panther.
Before his speech at the UN, there is an EXTENDED SCENE where Everett Ross expresses misgivings about T'Challa's plan for Wakanda-and humorously tries his best to wish T'Challa luck in Wakandan.
There were drafts of the script where W'Kabi and Okoye fought, but we see here that W'Kabi still cares about Wakanda, sees the civil war that's going on, sees Okoye and doesn't want to fight-so he surrenders.
To get the scarification off, Michael B. Jordan had to sit in a sauna for two hours.
Although it might seem unbelievable/dubious that there would be snow in Africa, it is actually known to happen in a few places, including Mount Kenya in Kenya and Mount Kilimanjaro on Tanzania East Africa. The closest to the fictional location of Wakanda is Mount Kenya, which is around 900 miles away.
Lupita Nyong'o has been in movies for Disney, Marvel, and Lucasfilm. She starred in The Jungle Book (2016) and Queen of Katwe for Disney, Black Panther for Marvel, and Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens and Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.
Black Panther is the highest grossing non-Avengers film in the MCU and 9th highest-grossing film of all time.
Shuri's corset is inspired by the beaded corsets of the Dinka people, one of the largest tribes in South Sudan.
The scene with T'Challa confiding in Nakia and looking to her for advice is very personal for Director Ryan Coogler, who says it represents situations he has been in with his wife and with his mother when he was young.
This is the second solo movie for a character introduced in Captain America: Civil War (2016). The other is Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017).
While M'Baku has been described as an antihero, Director Ryan Coogler sees him as a political leader with a strong moral foundation.
The abandoned airfield was a location in Atlanta that Hannah Beachler had seen several years prior and thought would be perfect for this scene. The Cessna plane was originally black before the crew painted it white and again added the blue detailing.
This movie features two actors who have appeared in two different episodes of Black Mirror. Letitia Wright starred in the season 4 finale "Black Museum" and Daniel Kaluuya starred in Season 1's "Fifteen Million Merits".
At one point, F. Gary Gray was in talks to direct but had to withdraw from negotiations when he was chosen to direct Universal's The Fate of the Furious (2017).
With the film premiering in February 2018, this is the earliest release ever for a Marvel Cinematic Universe film.
The movie's cast features two Oscar winners- Forest Whitaker and Lupita Nyong'o - and two Oscar nominees- Angela Bassett and Daniel Kaluuya.
The first comic book/superhero film since the original Superman (1978) to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Music, Original Score.
There was a DELETED SCENE after the UN that showed Wakanda sharing their tech with the world.
Martin Freeman is one of the many who have played Sherlock Holmes characters to appear in an MCU film. Benedict Cumberbatch and Freeman both star in the BBC show Sherlock as Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. While Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law (who will appear in Captain Marvel) have played Sherlock and Watson in the Guy Richie Sherlock Holmes films. Rachel McAdams, who plays Christine Palmer in Doctor Strange, also appears in the Sherlock Holmes films with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, as Irene Adler.
Lupita Nyong'o and Forest Whitaker are the seventh and eighth cast members from the Star Wars franchise to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Mads Mikkelsen portrays Kaecillus in Doctor Strange (2016), Andy Serkis portrays Ulysses Klaue in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Benicio Del Toro portrays Taneleer Tivan in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Peter Serafinowicz portrays Gathan Saal in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) , Natalie Portman portrayed Jane Foster in Thor (2011) and Thor: The Dark World (2013) and Samuel L. Jackson portrays Nick Fury in Iron Man (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), Thor (2011), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), The Avengers (2012), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).
Black Panther is Director Ryan Coogler and Composer Ludwig Göransson's 4th Collaboration. The previous were the short film Locks (2009), Fruitvale Station (2013), and Creed (2015). The two have known eachother since they attended USC film school together.
In the casino at the craps table, Ross bets the "Pass" line and T'Challa bets on the "Don't Pass" line. The two are betting directly against each other with Ross betting the more popular bet and T'Challa the less popular, but statistically better, option
Was number one at the U.S. box office for five consecutive weeks until the debut of Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018) dethroned it.
The filmmakers cite the work and art of "Black Panther" writers Stan Lee, Christopher Priest, Jonathan Hickman, Reginald Hudlin and Ta-Nehisi Coates as an influence on the film.
Composer Ludwig Göransson spent a month in Senegal researching and making music with musicians in the region. Instruments such as the "talking drums," the Fula flute, the kora (an African harp) and the vuvuzela (an African horn often used by fans at sporting events) can be heard throughout the film's score.
Michael B. Jordan and Chadwick Boseman both played Reggie Montgomery in All My Children. Boseman being the first.
Director Ryan Coogler has described Zuri as Black Panther's Obi-Wan Kenobi. In the comics, Zuri was a powerful warrior who fought alongside his friend T'Chaka. He also became close with Thor in the comic books.
John Kani and Florence Kasumba, who play allies T'Chaka and Ayo in this film, appear in The Lion King (2019) (also an African royal tale) as adversaries Rafiki the Baboon and Shenzi the Hyena.
When T'Challa wakes from the Ancestral Plane after seeing his father for the first time since his death, there is an EXTENDED SCENE with him and Zuri reflecting on the memory of King T'Chaka.
Ryan Coogler drew influence from the political scenes in Lincoln (2012) for M'Baku's challenge to T'Challa.
The Sambisa Forest scene was filmed on a set the size of a football field in Atlanta, with over 150,000 trees and plants and about 20 tons of red dirt.
The filmmakers originally intended to use Wakanda designs based on the art of Marvel artist Jack Kirby, but decided against it as Kirby's work had already been used in Thor: Ragnarok (2017) and the influence would make the Wakandans feel too alien. They instead went with African modernist and futuristic styles for Wakanda.
The first appearance of Black Panther in a film was almost 30 years prior to this movie, in Do the Right Thing (1989). One of the characters, Punchy, is a Black Panther fan. In one memorable scene, he refuses to boycott Sal's Pizzeria and holds up a Black Panther comic book saying, "Black Panther eat pizza, we eat pizza." The director of that film, Spike Lee, attended an early screening of this movie at BAM's Harvey Theater in Brooklyn.
The film is the 33rd film to pass the $1 billion mark at the global box office. It took just 24 days to do so.
Chadwick Boseman, who has a martial-arts background, knew what he was in for when he and all the other actors had to attend a "boot camp" to prepare them for the physical aspects of their roles.
Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
Angela Bassett previously starred in Panther (1995), about the Black Panther movement in the 1960's and 1970's.
Noel Clarke was turned down by Marvel for the role of Black Panther and writing the film.
Hannah Beachler became the first black person to be nominated for and to win the Academy Award for Best Production Design.
Wakanda's script is primarily based on a Nigerian hieroglyphic writing system called Nsibidi. Hannah Beachler drew additional influences from Latin, Chinese, Arabic, and the African languages of the Dogon and the Mursi.
Agent Everett Ross, played by Martin Freeman, first appeared in Captain America: Civil War when he was trying to track down Bucky Barnes, the Winter Soldier.
The rhino battle scene is a callback to the comics where Black Panther takes down a rhino in DON McGREGOR'S "Panther's Rage" story arc.
The Dora Milaje wears neck rings. In real life these rings were made of rubber, as wearing actual metal/brass rings would be dangerous and heavy for the actresses.
Ayo, played by FLORENCE KASUMBA, is second in command of the Dora Milaje and is also seen in Captain America: Civil War as T'Challa's security chief, where she tells Black Widow, "Move. Or you will be moved."
Zuri, played by Forest Whitaker, wears face paint was inspired by shamans and warriors in Papua New Guinea.
Sterling K. Brown is the third actor from This Is Us (2016) who has joined the Marvel Universe. Series regular Chris Sullivan and guest star Sylvester Stallone previously appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017).
One of the most powerful moments and perhaps something you wouldn't normally expect to hear in a superhero film. Black Panther co-writers Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole put it in there assuming Marvel executives would cut it. However, they did the opposite. In fact, they said not just to keep it in, but make the whole movie about that choice. Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige recalls reading those lines in the first draft of Black Panther. The exchange, if you recall, is as follows: T'Challa: "I can try to heal you." Killmonger: "Why, so you can lock me up? Just bury me in the ocean with my ancestors who jumped ships, 'cause they knew death was better than bondage." "It was one of the best lines we ever read," Feige told THR. "We said, 'There are going to be a lot of revisions, but don't touch that line.' And Ryan said, 'That's the line I thought you'd tell me to cut.' And we said, 'On the contrary, keep it and build more of the movie around it.'"
Between this film and Captain America: Civil War (2016), Black Panther is the first superhero to have both/all of his theatrical film appearances earn $1 billion in the worldwide box office.
First comic book/superhero film to be nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Drama.
The Wakandan warriors have their tattoos on the inside of their lower lip. This is reminiscent of 'Blade II,' when a character has a tattoo in the same spot which reveals his allegiance. Both Blade and Black Panther are Marvel properties.
Atlanta artist BRANDON SADLER designed and painted the piece on the core in Shuri's lab.
The film won 3 Academy Awards for Best Costume Design, Best Production Design and Best Original Score.
Angela Bassett, who plays T'Challa's mother Queen Ramonda, had previously been considered for the role of Ororo Monroe (Storm the weather-controlling mutant and T'Challa's lover) in X-Men (2000).
This is the second comic-book movie to win an Oscar for Production Design, the first was Batman (1989).
Costume designer Ruth E. Carter dispatched shoppers to Ghana and South Africa to find real artifacts, textiles and jewelry, to use as prototypes for the Wakandan clothing and jewelry.
"Wakanda" was not a Marvel invention. In the first Tarzan film to star Johnny Weissmuller, Tarzan the Ape Man (1932), a large group of tribespeople are referred to as "the Wakandans."
The filmmakers referred to T'Challa's personal aircraft as the RTF (Royal Talon Fighter). Director Ryan Coogler really liked that the bottom of the aircraft is designed to look like subwoofers.
Maxwell Highsmith (River Tribe Elder), cried like a newborn baby for three hours after his last day (16 days) after leaving the set while driving home. He was not distraught. He was happy that he had participated in something so revolutionary and so ahead of its time.
This is Kendrick Lamar's first time curating a soundtrack for a blockbuster film, which he did in collaboration with Anthony "Top Dog" Tiffith, CEO of Top Dawg Entertainment. In addition, the artist recorded vocals for several of the album's tracks, including Pray For Me, King's Dead, and All The Stars.
In the scene in the R&D lab the filmmakers hint at there being two black panthers with the new suits Shuri has designed to replace T'Challa's original design. In the comics, T'Challa is a scientist as well, but Shuri is far more skilled.
The movie has achieved multiple records since achieving the billion-dollar mark. The first of 2018 in terms of the first non-sequel, non-prequel, non-remake and non-spin-off live-action film since Avatar (2009). It's also the first one including animated features since Zootopia (2016) (also released by Disney) to do so. And the first non-sequel superhero movie since The Avengers (2012).
The gold design harkens back to the herringbone necklace we saw N'Jobu wearing earlier in the film. It is also a nod to the gold version Black Panther wore in the comics.
Hannah Beachler based the Jabari Land's architecture on pointed angular designs, in contrast to the rounded designs of Wakanda. For the Jabari Throne Room, she expressed this concept with the design of logs suspended by ropes pointing to the throne.
It was important to Director Ryan Coogler to see people of all ages and walks of life, his thinking being that a place isn't real until you see the people who give it life. Where do the 20- and 30-year-olds hang out, what do they do and what do they eat?
(at 109:09:00) The continuous shot shows the expansiveness of the mine and the symbolism of the Underground Railroad, which was designed to resemble heart valves for their fight for the heart of Wakanda.
During a trip to South Africa, the filmmakers decided that some of the skyscrapers in Wakanda should be designed with rondavel tops like you see on African-style huts.
The filmmakers studied a lot of third-act battle sequences, including the Battle of Endor from Return of the Jedi, which is one of Kevin Feige's favorites, but maintaining the emotional relationship throughout is what's most important to Director Ryan Coogler.
Forest Whitaker (Zuri) directed Angela Bassett (Ramonda) in Waiting to Exhale (1995).
Amandla Stenberg auditioned for Shuri but dropped out because she felt that she wasn't the right fit.
The cast and stunt team practiced alongside African drums played by musician Jabari Exum so that the action would have a musical quality.
As of its win, the soundtrack by Ludwig Göransson becomes the first Academy Award-winning Original or Adapted score in 44 years (since The Great Gatsby (1974)) not to have been released on compact disc.
The Wakandan computer that Ross converses with is named Griot, after a West African historian/storyteller who preserves the history and the culture of a tribe through oral tradition.
Co-stars Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke, who play adversaries Nakia and M'Baku, now star together in "Us" (2019) with Nyong'o playing Adelaide Wilson/Red and Duke playing Gabe Wilson/Abraham.
(at 63:43:00) Ryan Coogler considers this one of the most important scenes in the film. He had a chance to show an early cut of the film to FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA, whose work inspires him. When the film ended, Coppola said, "Rewind it back to the scene when everything changed" and Coogler knew exactly what he was talking about.
This film continues the tradition of having one or more Oscar winners in the cast of all MCU films (with the exception of Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) which had none). In this case, they are Forest Whitaker and Lupita Nyong'o.
The filmmakers had braai, South African barbequed meat, prepared by people who understood how to cook it. They wanted viewers to feel the tradition, to feel that it was real, like they could go to Wakanda after they saw the film.
This will be Chadwick Boseman and Sterling K. Brown's first collaboration since Marshall (2017).
In one of Director Ryan Coogler's favorite musical moments from Ludwig Göransson's score, we hear the choir sing Kumkani, Kumkani wethu," which is "our king" in Xhosa, and here it's mixed with T'Challa's theme.
According to designer Till Nowak, beneath the council room's glass floor is an ancient temple; the design represents the combination of the modern with the old.
For her role as Queen Ramonda, Angela Bassett wore a special wig, made up of 120 pieces of hair that were literally rolled and handmade into multiple dreadlocks.
Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett previously starred together in Black Nativity (2013) and worked together as director-actress in Waiting to Exhale (1995) 23 years prior
In the museum scene the curator mentioned that the artifact was from Edo, Benin. Edo is a state in Nigeria, Benin city its capital.
Angela Basset and Chadwick Boseman both starred in an episode of ER (S 15 EPA. 6) back in 2008. Carl Weathers played the father of Chadwick Boseman in said episode. Michael B. Jordan plays the cousin in this movie, both Carl and Michael appear in the "Rocky" franchise as father and son, Apollo and Adonis Creed, respectively
Forest Whitaker served as a producer for Ryan Coogler's first film Fruitvale Station (2013), which also featured actor Michael B. Jordan.
(109:54:00) The crew built about 60 feet of the train set, along with the14-foot-tall stabilizer lights, which were real.
Technically, the name "Black Panther" is redundant as all panthers are, by definition, black. Once thought to be a species unto themselves, it is now known that panthers are actually just leopards with all black fur instead of spotted fur.
Shuri mocking Everett K. Ross that he is not in Kansas, is a reference to The Wizard of Oz (1939).
Concept artist Till Nowak's favourite set designs were the Tribal Council and the Jabari Throne Room.
The film was nominated for seven awards for the 2018 MTV & TV Movie Awards which includes Movie Of The Year, Best Hero, Best Villain, Best Fight, Best Scene Stealer, Best Actor, and Best On-Screen Team. It won four: Movie Of The Year, Best Hero, Best Villain, and Best Actor.
Daniel Kaluuya's second role in a comic book film. His first was Kick-Ass 2 (2013).
First film in four years (the last being Selma (2014)) to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture without another major nomination (i.e. in either the writing, acting, or directing categories).
Nabiyah Be initially announced that she was playing criminal Tilda Johnson, but her character was simply named Linda in the final film due to Johnson appearing in the second season of Luke Cage (2016).
When we first meet Nakia, played by LUPITA NYONG'O, she's hiding in plain sight, which sets up the idea of espionage- that you can't tell Wakandans apart from other people from the continent.
First film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to be finished at a 4K digital intermediate. All 17 previous films were finished at 2K (including Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2., despite that film being the first MCU film to be released on the 4K UHD format).
Notice Wakanda's Princess Shuri with her hair in two side buns, in what appears to be an homage to another famous Princess, Leia.
Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Sterling K Brown, and Chadewick Boseman have all appeared on ER.
This location in South Africa is called Three Rondovals-the World's End viewpoint. The crew stood there during a scout, taking it all in and feeling extremely emotional about where they were.
Costume Designer RUTH CARTER drew inspiration for the costumes of the Jabari tribe from the clothing of the Dogon people, a tribe living in the central plateau region of Mali, in West Africa. Her design approach for the film was keeping the costumes rich with African custom by looking at the whole continent and a wide range of people but elevating it to reflect the fantastical elements inherent in the mysterious country and culture.
Shooting locations for these plate shots included South Africa, Winterton (in northern KwaZulu-Natal by the Sentinel mountains and the Lesotho border), and also in Zambia and Uganda, including the impenetrable forest that we see as the ship goes through the hologram into Wakanda.
The big car crash is practical, as is much of the stuff through the streets of Busan, South Korea, which is mixed in with shots from Atlanta.
(at 103:39:00) The crew built this set with poured concrete. They sliced the top off a hill and dug a giant hole in it. It's about 100 feet in diameter and about 8 feet from the platform to the top of the steps, and they built about 30 feet of the actual building with the rest added in VFX.
There were alot of "reunions" per say on this film with actors who had worked with each other in prior films or TV shows. Besides Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman who worked together in The Hobbit films ,there was also Forest Whitaker who had work with Angela Bassett 23 years ago in Waiting to Exhale (1995) as director/ actress and co-tarred together in Black Nativity (2013).Forest Whitaker and Isaach De Bankolé previously co-starred in Jim Jarmusch's Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999). Their was alao a The Walking Dead reunion with Danai Gurira and Travis Love. Danai played the iconic Michionne , while Travis played The Governor's henchmen, Bowman.
Winston Duke and Sterling K Brown have each been in several episodes of Person of Interest, albeit in different seasons. Letitia Wright and Daniel Kaluuya have each been in an episode of Black Mirror.
Director RYAN COOGLER grew up in Oakland, which is also the birthplace of the Black Panther Party, formed in 1966 a few months after STAN LEE and JACK KIRBY introduced Black Panther in Fantastic Four Vol. 1, Issue 52.
The movie opens with a scene of kids playing basketball in Oakland in the year 1992. In 1992, screenwriter Joe Cole was a student at the University of California in nearby Berkeley and played on Cal's "Club" or "Blue" basketball team, the university's version of a JV team, He started at point guard for three years.
Forest Whitaker and Isaach De Bankolé previously co-starred in Jim Jarmusch's Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999), a film about an African-American samurai who takes on the Italian mafia.
Here, identity is one of the biggest motifs in the film. So you see this question "Who are you?" asked often.
Samsara, the cycle of death and rebirth, was a big inspiration for City of the Dead.
Even though they share no scenes in this film Chadwick Boseman and Sterling K. Brown starred together in "Marshall".
The leader of the convoy is played by BAMBADJAN BAMBA; he's a Dreamer who came forward and spoke about working in the industry as an immigrant.
(122:18:00) Here T'Challa sees his cousin, Erik Killmonger, in this kid played by ALEX HIBBERT from the film Moonlight.
There was a DELETED SCENE where Black Panther got all of the devices back, but it was cut for movement and timing purposes.
(at 29:48:00) The filmmakers refer to this as a Jesse James warping effect, almost a tilt-shift lens effect, which is a shout-out to Cinematographer ROGER DEAKINS.
(at 91:31:00) Although there were some VFX added, this shot was done practical in a quarry in Atlanta where the crew covered everything with 500-700 feet of snow.
The chase scenes with the cars lifting off the ground feel a bit like Bullitt, in that the streets reminded Director Ryan Coogler of San Francisco, near his Bay Area home.
David S. Lee plays a character named Limbani. One of John Kani's (T'Chaka) early movie roles was in The Wild Geese (1978), where he played a member of a mercenary team hired to rescue an African political leader named Julius Limbani.
The filmmakers always saw W'Kabi as having run Killmonger's DNA perhaps in some hut before he brought him here.
(at 115:41:00) This scene reminded Coogler of being a kid and fighting with his siblings-getting to that moment where you are fighting, you maybe hit them too hard and they fall. Here he wanted to capture the darkest version of that when we see Killmonger snap back to being a kid and T'Challa not wanting to leave him there to die.
In production, this is called a oner, a mostly continuous long take with a single camera.