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."
John Kani and his son Atandwa Kani play T'Chaka in his old age and youth, respectively.
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.
Three out of every five people in Wakanda go barefoot, a deliberate decision by the costuming department.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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 an Igbo dialect of West Africa, in contrast to the Wakandans having the Xhosa dialect of South Africa, to represent their outsider status.
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.
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!"
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.
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.
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.
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).
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
The back story when you see N'Jobu and James/Young Zuri talking over the paperwork in the beginning of the film is that they're trying to figure out a way to break the woman N'Jobu fell in love with out of prison. The idea is that they never got her out so she passed away in prison, leaving Killmonger without a mother as well.
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.
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.
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.
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.
According to Hannah Beachler, there are circular designs featured throughout Wakanda (suns, rings, etc) to represent completeness and eternity.
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.
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.
This was the eighteenth film released by Marvel Studios for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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).
Animal shelters have reported adoption rates for black cats increasing following the release of the movie, with many cats being named after the characters.
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.
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).
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.
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 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. In the films, T'Challa scratches it with his suits' claws (also made of vibranium) in Captain America: Civil War (2016), the only time the shield's been damaged in the films, and the scratches are visible throughout the rest of the film.
Ulysses Klaue, played by ANDY SERKIS, also appeared in Avengers: Age of Ultron, where he lost his arm; here fans finally get to see the sonic blaster prosthetic. In the comics, it's Klaue who kills T'Chaka.
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.
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.
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.
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 as of the release of this film. He is consistently portrayed in the Marvel comics universe as a skilled hunter, tracker, martial artist, combatant, strategist, politician, and proficient scientist. He also bests Captain America at hand -to-hand combat several times in the comics.
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."
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.
This film marked director Ryan Coogler's third collaboration with Michael B. Jordan, after Fruitvale Station (2013) and Creed (2015).
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.
DANIEL KALUUYA, who plays W'Kabi, actually fed the apple to a horse during filming; then in post, the VFX team went in and wrapped a digital rhino around the horse for the final shot in the film.
This film, about an African superhero, releases in Black History Month (February), when African culture is celebrated across the US, Canada and UK.
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 Royal Talon Remote Pilot System is voiced by South African comedian, TREVOR NOAH.
The fallacy of Killmonger's plan for domination is that it makes him into the very thing he hates. His statement, "the sun will never set on the Wakandan empire," is taken directly from the saying about the British of the 19th century. As the British Empire had colonies on every continent around the globe this literally meant the sun was always shining on some geographic part of the empire.
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.
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.
First collaboration between Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman since The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012).
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 (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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
It took makeup designer JOEL HARLOW and three other makeup artists nearly two-and-a-half hours each day to apply close to 90 individually sculpted silicone molds on Michael B. Jordan to create the scarification that represented each of Killmonger's kills.
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".
Production Designer HANNAH BEACHLER created a 515-page bible on the history of Wakanda.
The silver shoulder armor worn by Lupita Nyong'o (Nakia) was referred to on set as "The Armadillo" by costume designer Ruth E. Carter.
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.
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.
The character of Everett K Ross is inspired by Family Ties (1982) Alex P Keaton and Friends (1994) Chandler Bing.
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 horse used in the film was a Clydesdale, because they have the same gait as a rhino, so their hips move similarly.
This is the second solo movie for a character introduced in Captain America: Civil War (2016). The other is Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017).
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.
There is a DELETED SCENE where T'Challa has a memory of himself as a young boy having a conversation with his father in the catacombs after he returned from seeing N'Jobu in Oakland, clearly shaken by what he has done.
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".
While M'Baku has been described as an antihero, Director Ryan Coogler sees him as a political leader with a strong moral foundation.
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 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).
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.
With the film premiering in February 2018, this is the earliest release ever for a Marvel Cinematic Universe 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.
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.
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).
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.
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 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.
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.
The movie's cast features two Oscar winners- Forest Whitaker and Lupita Nyong'o - and two Oscar nominees- Angela Bassett and Daniel Kaluuya.
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.
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.
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.
The Dora Milaje 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.
Was number one at the U.S. box office for five consecutive weeks until the debut of Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018) dethroned it.
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 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.
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.
Michael B. Jordan and Chadwick Boseman both played Reggie Montgomery in All My Children. Boseman being the first.
Angela Bassett previously starred in Panther (1995), about the Black Panther movement in the 1960's and 1970's.
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
Noel Clarke was turned down by Marvel for the role of Black Panther and writing the film.
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.
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).
South African actor ATANDWA KANI plays the character of Young T'Chaka while his real-life father, celebrated South African actor JOHN KANI plays King T'Chaka.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 [Letita Wright], is the smartest person in Wakanda and is said to be the smartest person in the Marvel Universe.
Enamored of the political scenes in Lincoln where the politicians gather and argue in such an animated way, Director Ryan Coogler thought it would be great if M'Baku, played by WINSTON DUKE with all his swagger, had these political arguments for his challenge of T'Challa.
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.
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 blue color story carries over with the blue writing on the van; when Killmonger shows up, production designer Hannah Beachler wanted blue in as many places as she could put it, including the graffiti on all the walls.
Here 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 filmmakers also wanted to give Shuri a connection to her father through his love of "old American movies" with the self-assembling and sound-absorbent sneakers she designed in the spirit of Marty McFly's self-lacing shoes from Back to the Future Part II.
Shuri's corset is inspired by the beaded corsets of the Dinka people, one of the largest tribes in South Sudan.
There was a DELETED SCENE after the UN that showed Wakanda sharing their tech with the world.
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.
Erik Killimonger is the third comic book role Michael B. Jordan has taken. He previously played Johnny Storm/Human Torch in Fantastic Four (2015) and Victor Stone/Cyborg in the animated movie, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013).
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.
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.
To get the scarification off, Michael B. Jordan had to sit in a sauna for two hours.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
Atlanta artist BRANDON SADLER designed and painted the piece on the core in Shuri's lab.
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 idea to have blue represent colonization comes from the blue in many European flags and also the color of water, which symbolizes the separation of African Americans from their continent.
Staying consistent with the color story, the first time we see Erik Killmonger, played by MICHAEL B. JORDAN, he is wearing blue, the color for colonization in the film. Almost everyone we see in London is in blue, and there's even a blue tint to the cinematography.
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.
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.
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.
In May 2018 - One of three Marvel superhero movies in theaters at the same time: "Black Panther", "Deadpool 2" and "Avengers: Infinity War".
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.
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.
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
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.
Here we see Zuri, played by FOREST WHITAKER, again in his purple, continuing the color story of spirituality. His face paint was inspired by shamans and warriors in Papua New Guinea.
Forest Whitaker served as a producer for Ryan Coogler's first film Fruitvale Station (2013), which also featured actor Michael B. Jordan.
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
The filmmakers associate colors with each of the characters as a way of telling their story. The color for colonization in the film was blue, so N'Jobu has a blue shirt on and the room is painted a greenish-blue.
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.
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.
Back to the color story throughout the film, here you see this threesome of T'Challa, Nakia and Okoye in their colors composing the Pan-African flag with the black, green and red.
The movie takes a lot of inspiration from several African cultures in countries like Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, Congo, etc.
Shuri mocking Everett K. Ross that he is not in Kansas, is a reference to The Wizard of Oz (1939).
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."
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.
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".
(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.
The Ancestral Plane went through a lot of different iterations, from the fantastical and way-out-there, to being inspired by the grasslands of Africa with acacia trees dotted throughout. It resembles the Djalia, the Wakandan ethereal realm introduced by TA-NEHISI COATES in the comics.
Another one of the motifs in the film is the idea of hiding in plain sight. Wakanda hides in plain sight, as does this casino. Expect the unexpected-you don't expect this Jagalchi Fish Market lady to have a luxe, high-stakes casino back pocket.
The CIA set behind a travel agency in South Korea is another example of things hiding in plain sight.
(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.
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.
In the museum scene the curator mentioned that the artifact was from Edo, Benin. Edo is a state in Nigeria, Benin city its capital.
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.
The idea of Killmonger breaking the spear is a little bit of a call-out to Shaka Zulu and the shorter spears he developed, but it's also the idea of Killmonger disrespecting tradition breaking the traditional spear.
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?
T'Chaka is in black, which you will also see T'Challa wearing in the film. The Dora Milaje in red and Zuri in purple, which is the color of spirituality and royalty, as are many of the necklaces seen throughout the film and in African culture.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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).
DOROTHY STEEL, or "Miss Dorothy" as she was known on set, plays the Merchant Tribe Elder. She was 92 years old when Black Panther was released in 2018.
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.
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.
(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.
Samsara, the cycle of death and rebirth, was a big inspiration for City of the Dead.
(109:54:00) The crew built about 60 feet of the train set, along with the14-foot-tall stabilizer lights, which were real.
The Black Panther name of the comic was for a time mistakenly thought to refer to the militant Black Panther Party, so the character was renamed the Black Leopard for a short period of time. A reference to this is seen in the film as T'Challa's suit is all black, but the suit Killmonger's wears has leopard spots.
One of the themes in the film is the idea of tradition versus innovation. So what you'll see a lot of times are characters who are opposite, in scenes together. This scene is a cute take on James Bond, in which Shuri is basically making fun of her brother for being old-school.
Even though they share no scenes in this film Chadwick Boseman and Sterling K. Brown starred together in "Marshall".
David S. Lee plays a character named Limbani. One of John Kani's (T'Chaka) early movie roles was in 1978's "The Wild Geese", where he played a member of a mercenary team hired to rescue an African political leader named Julius Limbani.
(122:18:00) Here T'Challa sees his cousin, Erik Killmonger, in this kid played by ALEX HIBBERT from the film Moonlight.
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.
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 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.
Don't stop watching just because it's the credits-as in most Marvel films, there's more to see after the credits roll.
The color of the necklaces also tell a story. These men are wearing gold necklaces, which symbolize royalty. N'Jobu is wearing a herringbone-style necklace popular in California and the Bay area.
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.
Here, identity is one of the biggest motifs in the film. So you see this question "Who are you?" asked often.
During the interrogation scene, we again see the color for colonization with both Agent Ross and Klaue in blue.
In production, this is called a oner, a mostly continuous long take with a single camera.
Here's a brilliant moment for Michael B. Jordan-what this scene and the performance are about is that he's not bragging about his scarification or having done these things-if you look at him closely-he's hurt that he had to do these things. There is a level of pain there.
(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.
(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.
There is an emotional DELETED SCENE between Okoye and W'Kabi shot in this same tribal council set where their relationship is explored more deeply when Okoye confronts W'Kabi about his loyalty to the king.
The filmmakers always saw W'Kabi as having run Killmonger's DNA perhaps in some hut before he brought him here.
This is the first time these two great actors come face-to-face in the film, which the music really highlights-playing with both Killmonger's and T'Challa's themes.
(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.
Notice Wakanda's Princess Shuri with her hair in two side buns, in what appears to be an homage to another famous Princess, Leia.
There was a DELETED SCENE where Black Panther got all of the devices back, but it was cut for movement and timing purposes.
Color story again with Okoye, played by DANAI GURIRA in the red and gold, a high-ranking official in the Dora Milaje.
This scene is about introducing these characters, how Nakia has ingratiated herself with the people and knows them, how Black Panther works and how these women have his back in different ways.