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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
John Kani and his son Atandwa Kani play T'Chaka in his old age and youth, respectively.
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.
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?"
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 name "Wakanda" comes from the Wakamba tribe of Kenya, also known as the Kamba.
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.
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!"
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
According to Hannah Beachler, there are circular designs featured throughout Wakanda (suns, rings, etc) to represent completeness and eternity.
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.
Director Ryan Coogler described Zuri as the Wakandan Obi-Wan Kenobi.
This was the eighteenth film released by Marvel Studios for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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.
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).
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."
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.
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.
The horned mask Killmonger wears visually calls back to a mask Killmonger himself wore in a duel with T'Challa in Reginald Hudlin's "Black Panther" comic (which appears in the film), as well as the mask the demon Mephisto wore when he appeared in Christopher Priest's "Black Panther" comic.
The 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).
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.
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.
This film marked chapter six of phase three in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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.
John Boyega was considered for the role of T'Challa.
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.
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.
This film marked director Ryan Coogler's third collaboration with Michael B. Jordan, after Fruitvale Station (2013) and Creed (2015).
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."
Animal shelters have reported adoption rates for black cats increasing following the release of the movie, with many cats being named after the characters.
This film, about an African superhero, releases in Black History Month (February), when African culture is celebrated across the US, Canada and UK.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Doctor Strange (2016).
Daniel Kaluuya described the movie as "Marvel's Game of Thrones (2011)."
First collaboration between Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman since The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012).
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.
With Michael B. Jordan joining the cast, all three top billed actors for Creed (2015) (also directed by Ryan Coogler) are playing Marvel characters - Sylvester Stallone as Stakar Ogord in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok (2017), and Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger in this film.
Danai Gurira is the fourth cast member from The Walking Dead (2010) to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Michael Rooker portraying Yondu Udonta in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Jon Bernthal portraying Frank Castle/The Punisher in Daredevil (2015) and Travis Love as a Jabari warrior in this film.
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".
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.
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).
The character of Everett K Ross is inspired by Family Ties (1982) Alex P Keaton and Friends (1994) Chandler Bing.
This was Angela Bassett's second comic-book feature, after Green Lantern (2011).
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).
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".
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.
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 silver shoulder armor worn by Lupita Nyong'o (Nakia) was referred to on set as "The Armadillo" by costume designer Ruth E. Carter.
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.
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 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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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 movie's cast features two Oscar winners- Forest Whitaker and Lupita Nyong'o - and two Oscar nominees- Angela Bassett and Daniel Kaluuya.
Angela Bassett previously starred in Panther (1995), about the Black Panther movement in the 1960's and 1970's.
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).
Noel Clarke was turned down by Marvel for the role of Black Panther and writing the film.
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.
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).
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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.
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Black Panther (2018) is the fifth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to gross a billion dollars worldwide (following The Avengers (2012), Iron Man Three (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.
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" Black Panther" had a 5 - weekend run at the Number 1 spot at the U.S. box office in February 2018. The last time there was a movie at Number 1 for 5 weeks in February at the U.S. box office was with " Wayne's World " In 1992, and " Silence of the Lambs" in 1991.
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The film is now the top-grossing superhero movie in the U.S., having outgrossed The Avengers (2012).
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Michael B. Jordan and Chadwick Boseman both played Reggie Montgomery in All My Children. Boseman being the first.
Raw Leiba was considered for the role of Erik Killmonger.
Forest Whitaker (Zuri) directed Angela Bassett (Ramonda) in Waiting to Exhale (1995).
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 film is the 33rd film to pass the $1 billion mark at the global box office. It took just 24 days to do so.
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This will be Chadwick Boseman and Sterling K. Brown's first collaboration since Marshall (2017).
Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis, Gandalf and Gollum of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) and sequels, were affectionately known on set as the "Tolkien White Guys".
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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.
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Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett previously starred together in Black Nativity (2013).
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
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).
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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).
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The movie takes a lot of inspiration from several African cultures like Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, Congo, etc.
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First film to be shown in Saudi Arabian cinemas in 35 years.
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Forest Whitaker served as a producer for Ryan Coogler's first film Fruitvale Station (2013), which also featured actor Michael B. Jordan.
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Daniel Kaluuya (W'Kabi) and Letitia Wright (Shuri) both had leading roles in episodes of Black Mirror (2011). Kaluuya starred in the episode, "15 Million Merits", and Wright starred in the episode, "Black Museum".
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Shuri mocking Everett K. Ross that he is not in Kansas, is a reference to The Wizard of Oz (1939).
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.
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Director Ryan Coogler wanted to use Spider-Man villain Kraven The Hunter in the film but was denied the use.
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Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis, have both starred together in another movie franchise, "The Hobbit" ... Martin Freeman played Bilbo Baggins, Andy Serkis played Gollum
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Was number one at the U.S. box office for five consecutive weeks until the debut of Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018) dethroned it.
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Even though they share no scenes in this film Chadwick Boseman and Sterling K. Brown starred together in "Marshall".
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Stan Lee: comic-book writer who co-created the Black Panther, appears as a casino guest.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Bucky is given the title of the White Wolf. In the comics, the White Wolf was a white man who was adopted and raised in Wakanda; in the film, Bucky is not adopted but he is accepted by some Wakandan citizens.
There are two post credit scenes. The first shows T'Challa making a speech at the United Nations, telling the world that Wakanda will now intend to share their knowledge and power. The second shows Bucky awake and well, living in the outskirts of Wakanda. Shuri asks after his health, before telling him that he has much to learn.
After Everett Ross gets seriously injured and is taken to Wakanda to get healed, Shuri comments "Another broken white boy for us to fix."

The other broken white boy is Bucky Barnes, who was sent to Wakanda to have his brainwashing fixed in Captain America: Civil War (2016) and who appears in a post-credits scene in the film.
The movie makes reference to the kidnapped girls in the Sambisa forest of Nigeria.
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, and also because his character in the film is more heroic than his comic-book version.
Stevens plans for Wakanda to send weapons to London, New York and Hong Kong - the same cities where the Sanctums (from the Doctor Strange movie) are located.
After the climactic battle scene, there is a quick shot of the elders' room. M'Baku is seen amongst the other tribe elders. This shows that T'Challa united all five tribes of Wakanda.
The mid-credit scene appears to show Wales as an independent member of the United Nations, and omits the United Kingdom completely.
In the comics, Nakia went rogue and became the supervillain Malice. Lupita Nyong'o has said that Nakia will stay a member of the Wakandan guard.
The Black Panther suit is upgraded in this film to bear mystic runes. This is based on the "Doomwar" storyline, where T'Challa developed magical tactics to not rely on his nation's resources of vibranium.
In the film, Black Panther's rival M'Baku says "Glory to Hanuman". Hanuman belongs to Indian mythology, a heroic monkey god of strength. In the comics M'Baku worships Ghekre the gorilla god of judgement; the change was probably made to symbolize M'Baku being a heroic ally, and foreshadows his coming to assist T'Challa in the film.

The name was edited out when the film was released in India, to make sure Hindu sensibilities were not offended.
Sebastian Stan: Appears uncredited as Bucky Barnes in a brief post-credits scene.
In the comics, T'Challa's uncle was called S'Yan. In the film, his uncle is called N'Jobu.
No other members of the Avengers appear in the movie proper, although Bucky Barnes pops up in the post-credits scene.
In the opening scene, one of the young children playing basketball calls out to another child as "E", a common nickname for the name Erik. This is a clue toward one of the children being Erik Killmonger.
This is the second successive film in which Andy Serkis plays a major villain who gets killed off halfway through by an associate, a fate which befalls his character Snoke in Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017). In this film, his character, Ulysses Klaue, is killed by Killmonger and in Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017), his character, Snoke, is killed by Kylo Ren. Both films are owned by Walt Disney Pictures, and were released within two months of each other. Furthermore, both of Serkis' characters appear twice before they end up meeting their demises: Ulysses Klaue appears in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and this film, and Snoke appears in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017).
There are no Infinity Gems involved in the movie.
Erik is an ancient Norse name which can mean either "eternal ruler" or "honorable king". Ironic as Erik Killmonger/N'Jadaka rules Wakanda very briefly and ruthlessly.

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