While most of the movie is set in the fictional African nation of Wakanda, the film also addresses themes on the black American experience, Pan-Africanism, and the history of colonization.
The isolated country, hidden from the rest of the world and ruled over by King T’Challa, made a brief appearance in Captain America: Civil War.
So much of what you’ll see is based on real places and people.
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Lamar was originally only supposed to lend his talents for a couple of original tracks for the film, but after director Ryan Coogler screened some of the footage for him, the rapper ended up co-producing a full soundtrack with his label, Top Dawg Entertainment.
You can listen to it here.
In an interview, the film’s star Lupita Nyong’o said that the women of Wakanda were able to “realize their full potential.” In large part, women are the brains and the brawn of the movie.
The character was originally featured in a The Fantastic Four comic in 1966. Later on, he got his own series.
In addition to being the king of Wakanda and an Avenger, the character of T’Challa plays a major role in the comics. At some point, he was part of the Illuminati (a group of heroes who make all the important decisions pertaining to the Earth) and eventually had custody over one of the Infinity Gems.
The death of King T’Chaka plays a crucial role in both films, and a couple of characters from Civil War reappear in Black Panther.
We’ve already met the arms dealer Ulysses Klaue in Age of Ultron, where he was a former friend of Tony Stark.
You’ll learn that Wakanda has an almost unlimited reserve of vibranium, the most powerful metal in the Marvel cinematic universe — and what makes Captain America’s shield and Vision’s synthetic body.
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In the ’90s, the actor Wesley Snipes tried to make a movie about the Black Panther. Due to problems with the script, creative differences and special effect limitations, the project was never realized.
The actor played Johnny Storm (the Human Torch) in the reboot of the Fantastic Four. Now he gives life to the villain Killmonger.
It’s a Marvel tradition.
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