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?'".
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.
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).
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.
Three out of every five people in Wakanda go barefoot, a deliberate decision by the costuming department.
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.
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 move to a snow-covered mountain.
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.
The younger version of Forest Whitaker's character, Zuri, is played by Denzel Whitaker. Although they share the same surname, they are not father and son, nor are they related. They both also appeared in The Great Debaters (2007) (starring Denzel Washington, whom Denzel Whittaker was named after) where funnily enough, they played father and son. Forest Whitaker has a son called Ocean Whitaker who was born in the same year as Denzel Whitaker.
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 $200,000,000 to make the movie, while its Thursday night, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday opening weekend domestic box office was $202,000,000.
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 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 tribe) uses a motif of black and purple, 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, and uses a motif of blue and wood. They have rhino-themed weapons (attack rhinos, shields and horn-shaped blades) the River Tribe uses a motif of shells and green, and wear crocodile skins and leather. the Mining Tribe wear lion-themed designs. the Jabari Tribe wears fur and wood to represent their naturalism and to honor their sacred animal the gorilla. They also speak in a Yoruba dialect of West Africa, in contrast to the Wakandans having the Xhosa dialect of South Africa, to represent their outsider status.
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.
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".
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."
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.
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!"
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).
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.
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.
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."
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.
According to Hannah Beachler, there are circular designs featured throughout Wakanda (suns, rings, etc) to represent completeness and eternity.
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 Shaka Zulu. Shaka Zulu is 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 the short stabbing spear. It was called an "iklwa" which is derived from the sound that the spear makes as it stabs into the body and the sucking sound when it is withdrawn.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 was the eighteenth film released by Marvel Studios for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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).
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.
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 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.
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.
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. DuVernay would go on to direct Disney's 2018 remake of A Wrinkle in Time.
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.
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.
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.
This film marked director Ryan Coogler's third collaboration with Michael B. Jordan, after Fruitvale Station (2013) and Creed (2015).
Despite the African setting/languages, no scenes were actually filmed in Africa. All the Wakanda scenes were filmed in Georgia. However, the Korean scenes were shot on location.
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."
This film, about an African superhero, releases in Black History Month (February), when African culture is celebrated across the US, Canada and UK.
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.
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.
First collaboration between Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman since The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012).
W'Kabi tells Killmonger that the war dogs in New York, London, and Hong Kong are ready to execute his orders. New York, London, and Hong Kong are the locations of the sanctums as mentioned in Dr. Strange (2016).
Animal shelters have reported adoption rates for black cats increasing following the release of the movie, with many cats being named after the characters.
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.
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. The only instances of Cap's shield ever being damaged or destroyed are from Molecule Man (Owen Reese's reality-warping powers), Doctor Doom (when he possessed The Beyonder's powers), Thanos wielding the Infinity Guantlet, Thor using the Odin-Force, and The Serpent (Odin's brother) who augmented his strength by feeding on the fear of Earth humans.
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 Marvel comic book universe, T'Challa a.k.a. The Black Panther is also a genius physicist, inventor, and Oxford Ph.D. who invents a new branch of physics called "shadow physics." His physics background has not been mentioned in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date (2018). He is consistently portrayed in the Marvel comics universe as a skilled hunter, tracker, martial artist, combatant, strategist, politician, and proficienct scientist. He also bests Captain America at hand -to-hand combat several times in the comics.
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.
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.
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).
The character of Everett K Ross is inspired by Family Ties (1982) Alex P Keaton and Friends (1994) Chandler Bing.
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".
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".
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.
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).
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.
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 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
With the film premiering in February 2018, this is the earliest release ever for a Marvel Cinematic Universe film.
Due to the Marvel Cinematic Universe being distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, it might be accurate to consider Shuri to be a Disney Princess. In this case, she is Marvel's second princess after Hela in Thor: Ragnarok (2017).
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.
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.
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.
The silver shoulder armor worn by Lupita Nyong'o (Nakia) was referred to on set as "The Armadillo" by costume designer Ruth E. Carter.
The movie's cast features two Oscar winners- Forest Whitaker and Lupita Nyong'o - and two Oscar nominees- Angela Bassett and Daniel Kaluuya.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Michael B. Jordan and Chadwick Boseman both played Reggie Montgomery in All My Children. Boseman being the first.
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.
Forest Whitaker (Zuri) directed Angela Bassett (Ramonda) in Waiting to Exhale (1995).
This will be Chadwick Boseman and Sterling K. Brown's first collaboration since Marshall (2017).
The Wakandans use displays of nanites (millions of little metal bits 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).
Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett previously starred together in Black Nativity (2013).
There are only two white actors: Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman, who both starred in the Lord of the Rings films. One anonymous observer has suggested the casting choice could have been intended to have 'Tolkein' (token) white actors, a word play on the novelist on whose work the series is based on
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
Killmonger breaking his spear calls back to the fighting technique that Shaka Zulu employed, enabling his warriors to wield stabbing spears rather than throwing spears. This change in tactics made the Zulu much more effective against the British.
Erik Killimonger is the third comic book role Michael B. Jordan has taken. He previously played Johnny Storm/Human Torch in The Fantastic 4 (2015) and Victor Stone/Cyborg in the animated movie Justice League Flashpoint (2014)
The movie has achieved multiple records since achieving the billion-dollar mark: the first of 2018; the first non-sequel, non-prequel, non-remake and non-spin-off live-action film since Avatar (2009). 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).
Shuri mocking Everett K. Ross that he is not in Kansas, is a reference to The Wizard of Oz (1939).
The 33rd film to pass the $1billion mark at the global box office. It took just 24 days to do so.
Director Ryan Coogler wanted to use Spider-Man villain Kraven The Hunter in the film but was denied the use.
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.
Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis, have both starred together in another movie franchise, "The Hobbit" ... Martin Freeman played Bilbo Baggins, Andy Serkis played Gollum
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 which had none). In this case, they are Forest Whitaker and Lupita Nyong'o.
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.
The movie takes a lot of inspiration from several African cultures like Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, Congo, etc.
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.
Daniel Kaluuya (W'Kabi) and Letitia Wright (Shuri) both had leading roles in episodes of Black Mirror. Daniel starred in the episode '15 Million Merits' and Letitia starred in 'Black Museum'.