Black Panther: What You Didn't Know About The Movie

Based on the Marvel comics with the same name, Black Panther was released in 2018 and it came as a breath of fresh air to superhero fans. Becoming one of the most acclaimed movies from Ryan Coogler, it was an extremely important piece of representation in the media for many across the globe. But, other than that, what made the Black Panther such a success?

Image Credits: Getty Images / Roy Rochlin | A fan cosplays as Black Panther from the Marvel Universe during the 2018 New York Comic-Con at Javits Center on October 7, 2018 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Roy Rochlin | A fan cosplays as Black Panther from the Marvel Universe during the 2018 New York Comic-Con at Javits Center on October 7, 2018 in New York City.


THE EASTER EGGS OF THE MARVEL WORLD

If you are a Marvel fan you surely have already noticed how the Studios tend to leave Easter Eggs scattered throughout the movies, thus connecting each “episode” to the larger Marvel Universe. I mean, who hasn’t noticed cheeky references to Deadpool across other movies?

Image Credit: Getty Images / Comic book creator Stan Lee poses with a book celebrating 50 years of Marvel Comics at Helmsley Palace Hotel in New York.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Comic book creator Stan Lee poses with a book celebrating 50 years of Marvel Comics at Helmsley Palace Hotel in New York.

However, the same can’t be said about Black Panther, in fact, it is probably one of the Marvel titles that make fewer connections to the other movies. That being said, there are still a few that might have missed your eye - so keep reading to learn more about the little details you probably didn’t notice!

Image Credits: Getty Images / Juan Torres Padilla | A fan dressed as Black Panther from Marvel Studios poses during SOFA 2018 (Salon de Ocio y Fantasia) on October 12, 2018 in Bogota, Colombia. SOFA is one of the largest cosplay festivals in Latin America.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Juan Torres Padilla | A fan dressed as Black Panther from Marvel Studios poses during SOFA 2018 (Salon de Ocio y Fantasia) on October 12, 2018 in Bogota, Colombia. SOFA is one of the largest cosplay festivals in Latin America.


OAKLAND: A CITY WITH MANY MEANINGS

The opening scene of the movie is set in Oakland, California, and this particular place has a special meaning in the fictional world, but also in real life. During the movie, we discover that Erik Stevens, the villain, was born there, however, this is definitely not the biggest piece of information you want to take away from the city’s appearance.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Mike Marsland / WireImage | Chadwick Boseman and Ryan Coogler attend the European Premiere of 'Black Panther' at Eventim Apollo on February 8, 2018 in London, England.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Mike Marsland / WireImage | Chadwick Boseman and Ryan Coogler attend the European Premiere of 'Black Panther' at Eventim Apollo on February 8, 2018 in London, England.

Ryan Coogler, the movie’s director, is also from Oakland and his first collaboration with Michael B. Jordan was set in the city as well. Moreover, it is also the birthplace of the Black Panther group, founded in 1966, shortly after the new character from Marvel by the same name was introduced.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Bryan Bedder | Actor Michael B. Jordan and director Ryan Coogler attend the 2013 Gotham Independent Film Awards Sponsored by FIJI Water on December 2, 2013 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Bryan Bedder | Actor Michael B. Jordan and director Ryan Coogler attend the 2013 Gotham Independent Film Awards Sponsored by FIJI Water on December 2, 2013 in New York City.


BLUE IS THE COLDEST COLOR

According to an interview with Vanity Fair, Coogler commented on how he used the color blue in the movie to represent certain themes. This is why we often saw the character Ulysses Klaue wearing blue colored outfits. However, the team opted to use the same color to represent trouble or danger, a reason why the Border tribe and Killmonger also wore blue.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Frazer Harrison | (L-R) Sterling K. Brown, winner of Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for 'Black Panther' and Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for 'This Is Us;' Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong'o, Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira, Michael B. Jordan, and Andy Serkis, winners of Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for 'Black Panther,' pose in the press room during the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 27, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Frazer Harrison | (L-R) Sterling K. Brown, winner of Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for 'Black Panther' and Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for 'This Is Us;' Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong'o, Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira, Michael B. Jordan, and Andy Serkis, winners of Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for 'Black Panther,' pose in the press room during the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 27, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.


WE MISS VINE, AND SO DID THE DIRECTOR

The character Shuri, which is played by Letitia Wright, is a tech-driven teenager, and the director made the right choice to represent her just like that. In one sequence of the movie, you can see Shuri making a reference to the pop culture meme (or is it called Vine?) “What are those?!


XHOSA, THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE

Being one of the official languages of South Africa, Xhosa is also the actor, John Kani’s native language, and the accent he used while portraying King T'Chaka in the "Civil War." The rest of the cast quickly picked up the accent and used it throughout the movie.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Alberto E. Rodriguez | Actor John Kani at the Los Angeles World Premiere of Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER at Dolby Theatre on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Alberto E. Rodriguez | Actor John Kani at the Los Angeles World Premiere of Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER at Dolby Theatre on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California.

Boseman was very passionate about using the Xhosa accent, saying "It felt to me like a deal-breaker. I was like, 'No, this is such an important factor that if we lose this right now, what else are we gonna throw away for the sake of making people feel comfortable? ... Once we decided to do it, we went for it."

Image Credits: Getty Images / Kevin Mazur | Actor Chadwick Boseman attends the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards on March 3, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Kevin Mazur | Actor Chadwick Boseman attends the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards on March 3, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.


TREVER NOAH WAS ON THE MOVIE, WHAT?

The Daily Show Host, Trevor Noah, is native to South Africa and commented that having the opportunity to be part of the movie has been a personal victory for himself. “It was extra special for me because the people speak Xhosa in the movie,” Noah said, commenting on how they were using one of the native languages from his country.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Brad Barket | Trevor Noah hosts Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" premiere on September 28, 2015 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Brad Barket | Trevor Noah hosts Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" premiere on September 28, 2015 in New York City.

“There were subtitles, and I was like, I don’t need your subtitles! I don’t need your subtitles! This is just for me right now! Nobody else listen! This reminds me of my mom,” he continued explaining how important it was for him to have this representation on the big screen.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Taylor Jewell | Tessa Thompson, Chadwick Boseman, Janelle Monae, and Trevor Noah attend Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Taylor Jewell | Tessa Thompson, Chadwick Boseman, Janelle Monae, and Trevor Noah attend Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City.


BLACK PANTHER AND BLACK LEOPARD: IT IS IN THE DETAIL

Something you may have not noticed is how the gold suit Killmonger chooses to wear when he wins the throne of Wakanda has spots scattered across the golden armor. Now, this might have been a decision to help the viewers distinguish between him and T’Challa, however, it actually references two different parts of the comic’s history.

In the 1970s there was a character name change from Black Panther to Black Leopard, as Marvel was hoping to distance the character from the group by the same name. On top of that, Killmonger’s sidekick in the comics, Preyy the leopard, didn’t make it to the movie version, so it could also be a reference to that.


WHAT DID CHADWICK BOSEMAN'S WIFE AND FAMILY SAY AFTER HIS DEATH

Chadwick Boseman, to many, the face of Wakanda, and of representation in the superhero world, has sadly passed away. “It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman.” a heartfelt statement by the family reported. 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Chadwick Boseman at 91st Annual Academic Awards

Image Credits: Getty Images / Chadwick Boseman at 91st Annual Academic Awards

Chadwick was an incredible actor that, aside from his role of T'Challa, starred in some pioneering movies including 42, Get on Up and Marshall. Despite a four-year battle against cancer, he remained a superhero to many as he continued to work doing what he loved.


A SHOCK TO MANY

The death of such an incredible actor came as a shock to many - not only to fans but also to colleagues in the film industry that wasn’t aware he was ill. Despite being diagnosed in 2016, he kept on filming during the treatment process. It’s evident that his death will leave a hole in the hearts of many.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Chadwick Boseman at European Premiere of Marvel Studios' Black Panther

Image Credits: Getty Images / Chadwick Boseman at European Premiere of Marvel Studios' Black Panther


MAKING IT IN HOLLYWOOD: CHADWICK'S STORY

Before becoming an international star, Chadwick was skeptical about his chances. While promoting 42 back in 2013, he opened up about the limited opportunities. Shortly after his role in 42, he went on to achieve further success as he played the part of a singer in Get On Up, later to be cast as Black Panther making his Marvel debut.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Chadwick Boseman at "Get On Up" New York Premiere Arrivals

Image Credits: Getty Images / Chadwick Boseman at "Get On Up" New York Premiere Arrivals


A MAN OF MANY TALENTS

Aside from acting, Chadwick had further talents as seen in his lead role in Get on Up in 2013. It was in this film that he showed the world the talented dancer he truly was alongside doing some of his own singing. In terms of acting, he achieved awards for his talent including the Screen Actor Guild Award for Outstanding Performance in 2019 for his role in Black Panther.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Chadwick Boseman at 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards Red Carpet

Image Credits: Getty Images / Chadwick Boseman at 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards Red Carpet


CHADWICK’S LOVE LIFE

Chadwick passed away in August this year, leaving behind his beautiful wife Taylor Simone Ledward. Our hearts go out to her at this hard time. Their relationship was protected from the public eye, though the paparazzi first saw the couple together back in 2015 at Los Angeles International Airport. They were later spotted again in 2017 outside a studio in Hollywood.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Chadwick Boseman and Taylor Simone Ledward at 69th NBA All-Star Game

Image Credits: Getty Images / Chadwick Boseman and Taylor Simone Ledward at 69th NBA All-Star Game


EVERLASTING LOVE: CHADWICK'S MARRIAGE

The 43-year-old liked to keep his relationship private, but in February 2019 it became official to the public eye as the gorgeous pair attended the 91st Annual Academy Awards together later followed by the 21 Bridges screening in New York later that year. 2019 marked a special year for the couple as Chadwick proposed to Taylor Simone Ledward.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Taylor Simone Ledward and Chadwick Boseman at the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Award

Image Credits: Getty Images / Taylor Simone Ledward and Chadwick Boseman at the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Award


TAYLOR SIMONE LEDWARD

After spending four years together, the beautiful pair married sometime after the proposal. Ledward is a singer and a California State Polytechnic University graduate. In 2013, Taylor performed with the school jazz band in the University Library revealing her musical talents. With a degree in Music Studies, it is clear that they were a talented pair gifted in the arts! 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Taylor Simone Ledward and Chadwick Boseman at the 25th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

Image Credits: Getty Images / Taylor Simone Ledward and Chadwick Boseman at the 25th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards


HE THANKED HIS WIFE BEFORE HIS PASSING

It is evident that his wife remained by his side throughout his journey as Chadwick thanked and acknowledged her publicly at the NAAC Awards, “Simone, you’re with me every day. I have to acknowledge you right now. Love you.” Chadwick passed away at home in LA with his close family at his bedside

Image Credits: Getty Images / Chadwick Boseman speaks onstage at CinemaCon 2019

Image Credits: Getty Images / Chadwick Boseman speaks onstage at CinemaCon 2019


A TRIBUTE TO THE STAR

Following his death, Marvel Studios announced, “our hearts are broken and our thoughts are with Chadwick Boseman’s family. Your legacy will live on forever. Rest In Peace.” “A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much." 

Image Credits: Getty Images / AaronP / Bauer-Griffin / GC Images | The TCL Chinese Theatre honors actor, Chadwick Boseman on their marquee on Hollywood Blvd after the announcement of the 'Black Panther' star's death on September 01, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / AaronP / Bauer-Griffin / GC Images | The TCL Chinese Theatre honors actor, Chadwick Boseman on their marquee on Hollywood Blvd after the announcement of the 'Black Panther' star's death on September 01, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.


BOSEMAN’S PERFORMANCE IN “BLACK PANTHER” CHANGED THE WORLD

"I didn't realize how much that movie affected me until I saw how affected I was with his passing. And how symbolic he was in this beautiful movie ... And a different look at Africa. It was a beautiful performance,” a fan commented.

The passing of Boseman came as devastating news to parents. Kyle Cox, the father of one of Black Panther’s fans, said “My wife and I have not decided yet if we are going to tell him. He wants to be like T’Challa when he grows up ... I don’t know if I want to tell him his hero died.”


CHILDREN HAVE BEEN SUFFERING FROM THE NEWS

Imani Cheers, who works at George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs, has chosen to not share the news with her son, who is a super fan of the Black Panther hero. She commented on how she feels that her young child has been grieving the current news, and doesn’t want to add on to it.

“He was immersed with so much yesterday, so much pain of young people who look like him. I just want to shield him from the pain of losing one more person who he absolutely idolized,” she commented on how she decided to protect her child from more bad news.


HIS COLLEAGUES HAVE BEEN STRUGGLING WITH THE NEWS

Michael B. Jordan, who was more like a brother than a friend to Boseman, has been “struggling” and “beyond sad” with the news of his friend’s passing. The actor, who also appeared on the Black Panther, has not released a public statement since the news of his friend’s death.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Paul Bruinooge / Patrick McMullan | Michael B. Jordan and Chadwick Boseman attend The Cinema Society with Ravage Wines & Synchrony host the after party for Marvel Studios' "Black Panther" at The Skylark on February 13, 2018 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Paul Bruinooge / Patrick McMullan | Michael B. Jordan and Chadwick Boseman attend The Cinema Society with Ravage Wines & Synchrony host the after party for Marvel Studios' "Black Panther" at The Skylark on February 13, 2018 in New York City.

"[Michael] had to buy into playing a villain, which he hasn't done, you know, and I had to buy into having the weight of the hero [on me]," Chadwick Boseman told ET back in 2018. "So it's something that we both had to buy into doing together and to collaborating together."

Image Credits: Getty Images / Paul Drinkwater / NBCUniversal | In this handout photo provided by NBCUniversal, Presenters Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong'o and Michael B. Jordan speak onstage during the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 06, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Paul Drinkwater / NBCUniversal | In this handout photo provided by NBCUniversal, Presenters Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong'o and Michael B. Jordan speak onstage during the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 06, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California.


“HE WAS OUR T’CHALLA, OUR BLACK PANTHER”

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said, "Chadwick’s passing is absolutely devastating. He was our T’Challa, our Black Panther, and our dear friend. Each time he stepped on set, he radiated charisma and joy, and each time he appeared on screen, he created something truly indelible."

Image Credit: Getty Images /  Chadwick Boseman of "The Kill Hole" attends Day 3 of the 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival on January 28, 2012.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Chadwick Boseman of "The Kill Hole" attends Day 3 of the 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival on January 28, 2012.

He continued, "He embodied a lot of amazing people in his work, and nobody was better at bringing great men to life. He was as smart and kind and powerful and strong as any person he portrayed. Now he takes his place alongside them as an icon for the ages. The Marvel Studios family deeply mourns his loss, and we are grieving tonight with his family." 


DISNEY WAS ALREADY MAKING PLANS TO REPLACE BOSEMAN

According to some reports, Disney and Marvel Studios already knew that the actor was suffering from health conditions, and allegedly had made plans to replace him in Black Panther, should the need ever arise. Even though it might have come as a shock to his fans, Chadwick had informed those closest to him about his health four years ago.

Some reports earlier this year stated that the Studios were planning to replace Boseman as the Black Panther with Letitia Wright, the actress who plays Shuri in the same movie. Even though this decision came as a last resort plan, in January 2020, the producers were informed about how quickly the actor’s health was deteriorating.


RETURNING TO THE BIG SCREEN: WHAT IS HAPPENING NEXT?

According to the information in certain publications, Disney and Marvel have decided on making drastic changes to the storyline in order to make it possible for the movie to return to the big screen. In comic books, Shuri has been declared the new Black Panther, so it will make sense to have her in the new movie.


LETITIA WRIGHT FINALLY OPENS UP ABOUT CHADWICK’S PASSING

Playing Black Panther’s sister Shuri, Letitia Wright has recently shared a eulogy to Chadwick, where she wrote “A soul so beautiful, when you walked into a room, there was calm. You always moved with grace and ease. Every time I saw you, the world would be a better place.”

Image Credits: Getty Images / Kevin Winter | Chadwick Boseman (L) and Letitia Wright at the 50th NAACP Image Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 30, 2019 in Hollywood, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Kevin Winter | Chadwick Boseman (L) and Letitia Wright at the 50th NAACP Image Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 30, 2019 in Hollywood, California.

“It is also written that all things are made new, there is light in the darkness. Streams of living water flow, giving new life. And all that’s left now is for us to allow all the seeds that you have planted on the earth to grow, to blossom, to become even more beautiful. You’re forever in my heart,” she wrote

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jesse Grant | (L-R) Ryan Coogler of 'Black Panther 2' and President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige took part today in the Walt Disney Studios presentation at Disney’s D23 EXPO 2019 in Anaheim, Calif. 'Black Panther 2' will be released in U.S. theaters on May 6, 2020.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jesse Grant | (L-R) Ryan Coogler of 'Black Panther 2' and President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige took part today in the Walt Disney Studios presentation at Disney’s D23 EXPO 2019 in Anaheim, Calif. 'Black Panther 2' will be released in U.S. theaters on May 6, 2020.

For the time being, we can only mourn Chadwick’s passing and take pleasure in how his role in Black Panther has influenced children all around the world, who are now able to see a new kind of superhero. According to some sources, the sequel of Black Panther is due to be released in May 2022, so let’s wait to see who takes the throne of Wakanda. What will you miss the most about Chadwick? Leave us a comment!

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