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 this is what black actors feel like all the time?".
Three out of every five people in Wakanda go barefoot, a deliberate decision by the costuming department.
Wakanda was mentioned as a location on a S.H.I.E.L.D. monitor in Iron Man 2 (2010). The location pinpoints the country as being situated at Lake Turkana, on the borders of Kenya and Ethopia. The region in real life is special for holding great mineral deposits (properties similar to Wakanda).
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.
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.
John Kani and his son Atandwa Kani play T'Chaka in his old age and youth, respectively.
Gorilla City, home to Man-Ape's Jabari Tribe, was originally set in a rain forest. Ryan Coogler felt that was too obvious, and suggested that it move to a snow-covered mountain.
Co-stars Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke, who play adversaries Nakia and M'Baku, were classmates at Yale together. 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.
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 Border Tribe was inspired by Lesotho architecture/language, and uses a motif of blue and wood. the River Tribe uses a motif of green and shells. the Merchant Tribe was inspired by Nigerian architecture and language. the Golden Tribe uses a continental symbol for the sun found throughout Africa. the Black Panther and the Royal Palace uses a motif of black and purple.
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.
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 the character was renamed the Black Leopard. However, neither the readers nor the creators cared for that title, and it didn't last long.
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 finally 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 been quoted as saying that he supports the film and Chadwick Boseman's interpretation "1,000 percent".
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?"
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).
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.
M'Baku is known in the comics as the Man-Ape. The filmmakers decided to leave that title out of the film to avoid it being used as a derogatory insult. However, his tribe retains positive traits associated with gorillas: while strong and courageous fighters both the tribe and their symbolic animal are vegetarian
A part of this film was set in Oakland, California, the city in which Ryan Coogler grew up in; it is also the city where his first feature length movie Fruitvale Station (2013) was based.
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."
For her role as Queen Ramonda, Angela Bassett underwent training with Corey Calliet on a special regime. 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.
This was the eighteenth film released by Marvel Studios for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Production designer Hannah Beachler cites the cultures of the African countries Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Ethiopia as an influence on Wakanda's architecture. Beachler also studied the works of renowned modernist architect Zaha Hadid and the sci-fi urban film Blade Runner (1982).
Wakanda is visually based on two famous known Waterfalls: the Iguazu Falls (located in between Brazil and Argentina borders, in South America) and the Victoria Falls (located in between Zambia and Zimbabwe borders, in Africa).
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).
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.
Other than the Marvel Studios title card, there are no opening credits. The film also does not show the film's title until the end during the closing credits.
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. DuVernau would go on to direct Disney's 2018 remake of A Wrinkle in Time.
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.
Ludwig Göransson utilized specific West African instruments for the rivalry between T'Challa and Killmonger. He used the talking drum, a drum specially built to make a sound resembling human vocal sounds, for T'Challa; for Killmonger he used the tambin flute.
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.
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 Issey Miyake, Yves Saint-Laurent and Donna Karan.
It is mentioned that Wakanda would send weapons to London, New York and Hong Kong - the same cities where the Sanctums (from the Doctor Strange movie) are located.
The Wakandan dimension the Djalia is formed from the memories of Wakandan citizens. The name "Djalia" comes from "djali" (also known as "jali", or more commonly "griot"), a term used to describe a West African tribal elder who carries the knowledge of a community's culture and history.
John Singleton was at one point attached to direct a film version of the character, envisioning Chiwetel Ejiofor for the lead.
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.
This film marked director Ryan Coogler's third collaboration with Michael B. Jordan, after Fruitvale Station (2013) and Creed (2015).
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 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.
This film, about an African superhero, releases in Black History Month (February), when African culture is celebrated across the US, Canada and UK.
First collaboration between Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman since The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012).
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!"
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.
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.
In the 2015 London production of the 2009 play Eclipsed, Letitia Wright (Shuri) played the lead role (known only as "The Girl") In 2016, when a production of the play opened on Broadway, "The Girl" was played by Lupita Nyong'o (Nakia). Eclipsed was written by Danai Gurira (Okoye).
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".
This is the second solo movie for a character introduced in Captain America: Civil War (2016). The other is Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017).
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II auditioned for the role of M'Baku. He would later go on to play the villain Black Manta in the upcoming DCEU film Aquaman (2018).
As the Wakandans walk through one of the areas where characters flow in a "Matrix-like" style on translucent walls, note the color scheme (blue) and a single repeating number (4)). These are representative of the Fantastic Four, where the Black Panther first appeared in issue number 52 in 1966.
At one point, F. Gary Gray was in talks to direct but had to withdrawn from negotiations when he was chosen to direct Universal's The Fate of the Furious (2017).
The character of Everett K Ross is inspired by Family Ties (1982) Alex P Keaton and Friends (1994) Chandler Bing.
Lupita Nyong'o and Forest Whitaker are the seventh and eighth cast members from the Star Wars franchise to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe with 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).
Lupita Nyong'o has been one actress who 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.
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.
Although it might seem unbelievable/dubious that there would be snow in Africa, it is actually known to happen in a few places, including East Africa where (the fictional country of) Wakanda is said to be.
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.
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.
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).
With the film premiering in February 2018, this is the earliest release ever for a Marvel Cinematic Universe film.
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 to 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"
Noel Clarke was turned down by Marvel for the role of Black Panther and writing the film.
Michael B. Jordan had previously starred in a comic-book adaptation of the Fantastic Four superhero group. In the comics, the Black Panther and Ulysses Klaw made their debuts in a Fantastic Four adventure.
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.
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.
Angela Bassett previously starred in Panther (1995), about the Black Panther movement in the 1960's and 1970's.
This will be Chadwick Boseman and Sterling K. Brown's first collaboration since Marshall (2017).
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.
Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett previously starred together in Black Nativity (2013).
Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis (as Gollum) worked together in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) and actually shared a major scene together in the character Gollum's cave.
Danny sapani who was seen playing one of the tribal leaders in black panther was featured as antagonist in Indian(tamil) film Singam -2 opposite suriya.
Forest Whitaker (Zuri) directed Angela Bassett (Ramonda) in Waiting to Exhale (1995).
In the first teaser trailer, there are snippets from the song "Legend Has It" by Run the Jewels. Black Panther is also referred to as a Legend.
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
John Kani (T'chaka) played Sergeant Jesse in The Wild Geese. Both The Wild Geese and Black Panther feature characters called Limbani.