Black Panther rocked our freakin’ world for a number of reasons, so it only makes sense that we would want to learn anything and everything we can about the movie.The amount of detail that went into putting this film together will make you say, “Wakanda Forever!”
1. Chadwick Boseman was the first and only actor considered for the role of T’Challa.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said, “I think it was 24 hours between saying his name in a creative story meeting and talking to his agent and getting on a phone with him and offering him the role of Black Panther, which he accepted.”That’s one way to get a job.
2. Wesley Snipes was initially set to play the title role way back in 1992.
Snipes worked hard on having the movie made, but after several script revisions and difficulty securing a director, the project never came to fruition.
3. Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, who play Nakia and M’Baku respectively, attended the Yale School of Drama together.
The pair even went to see Marvel’s The Avengers together and said they would star in a film like that one day.
4. The young King T’Chaka is played by Atandwa Kani, the son of actor John Kani, who played the present day T’Chaka in Captain America: Civil War.
We noticed that they looked ridiculously alike.
5. New York resident Frederick Joseph started a GoFundMe campaign called The Black Panther Challenge to raise money for kids in Harlem to see the film in theaters.
Joseph explained why he created the challenge, stating, “Representation is fundamental for our children of color. The opportunity to see themselves as superheroes, royalty, and more is truly essential to dreaming big.”
6. Celebrities, like Serena Williams, Kendrick Lamar, Zendaya, Travis Scott, and even Chadwick Boseman stepped up to Frederick’s challenge.
These stars and more treated young fans to free screenings of the film, and we’re not crying, you are.
7. Not only was the cast diverse, but director Ryan Coogler made sure there was inclusion behind the scenes.
Executive producer Nate Moore said, “That didn’t just mean African-American crew members, but also women. A lot of our department heads — key department heads — were female or African-American or both.”
8. Since fans became obsessed with Nakia’s green scarf from the film, costume designer Ruth E. Carter shared knitter Jeff Gillies’ pattern so we could all replicate Nakia’s look.
You can find the pattern here, so prep your knitting needles now.
9. The mountain where Shuri’s lab is located is named after the very first Black Panther, Bashenga.
The original King of Wakanda was the first blessed with the powers of the Black Panther, so it’s no surprise he would be honored by having an entire mountain named after him.
10. The official language of Wakanda is a real language, Xhosa.
It is one of the official languages of South Africa and the native tongue of the late Nelson Mandela.I have never wanted to learn all about a language more than right this second.
11. Each main actor’s name appears in the end credits with the color of the tribe their character is associated with.
Daniel Kaluuya’s name appears in blue to represent the Border Tribe, and since Lupita Nyong’o is part of the River Tribe, her name comes up in green.
12. The mask that Eric admires is a nod to a similar mask that the character wears in the comics.
It’s no surprise that Killmonger was feelin’ the mask that he ends up stealing.
13. It took almost three hours per day to complete Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger makeup.
Each of the raised scars put there by the villain to mark his kills had to be individually applied with glue and then blended in with makeup.
14. Michael had to sit in a sauna at the end of the day to sweat the makeup off.
In regards to the process, Jordan said, “They glue, and put ’em on, and a sealer and a whole bunch of other stuff. And they would put me in a sauna to kind of help sweat it all off at night. So it was a long process, but it was definitely worth it.”
15. Those Princess Leia braids that Shuri rocked when we first met her was a total accident.
Letitia Wright came to set with two messy buns and director Ryan Coogler noted that she looked like the famous Princess Leia, so they decided to let her rock the look as an homage.
16. Lupita was able to force Michael B. Jordan to do push-ups on demand.
Michael lost some sort of bet on set to Lupita, and the punishment was that Lupita could make Michael do a push-up whenever she wanted.Note to self: Never bet against Lupita.
17. The Dora Milaje, the all-female team of special forces sworn to protect the Wakandan throne, were cast from a pool of actresses, Broadway dancers, and stunt women.
The reason for the broad casting was so that each warrior had their own specialized skill.
18. Daniel Kaluuya learned how to ride a horse in order to help prepare for simulating riding his character’s armored rhino.
I could hop on a thousand horses, and I still don’t think anything could prepare me for what it’s like to ride a rhino.
19. The colors that Okoye, T’Challa, and Nakia wear during the South Korean casino fight scene represent the Pan-African flag.
When director Ryan Coogler broke down the fight scene, he mentioned that the colors worn symbolize the red, black, and green in the flag.
20. In the post-credits scene when the Wakandan children are referring to Bucky as “White Wolf,” this is actually in reference to a notable character from the Black Panther comics.
The White Wolf is King T’Challa’s adopted brother who was left stranded in Wakanda after his parents died in a plane crash.He eventually trained to become the King’s most trusted soldier.
21. Actress Amandla Stenberg walked away from the role of Shuri because she felt her skin was too light for the part.
Stenberg, known for her portrayal of Rue in The Hunger Games,said, “I feel like it would have just been off to see me as a bi-racial American with a Nigerian accent just pretending that I’m the same color as everyone else in the movie.”
22. Michael B. Jordan offered to pay for a fan’s retainer after she snapped it while watching the film.
After a post went viral about a young fan clenching her teeth so hard when a shirtless Killmonger appeared on screen, the actor behind the buff villain offered to cover the damage since it was all his fault.
23. Michael B. Jordan kept to himself on set so that the distance felt between his character and the others would seem authentic.
The actor said about his Killmonger character, “He has been on his own his whole life and I wanted to know what that felt like, embrace that feeling of loneliness, and let that come through the character.”
24. Danai Gurira was hesitant to shave her head for the role of Okoye, but she soon felt pride in her new look.
Danai made an empowering statement when talking about her character’s hairstyle, saying, “You don’t have to have hair to be beautiful.”