February 16th, 2018 will be the release date of Marvel’s Black Panther movie, starring Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa / Black Panther and directed by Ryan Coogler (Creed). The film takes place after the events of Captain America: Civil War. Though we’ve had plenty of T’Challa action in Civil War, there are still many things about this Black Panther that you may not know about him yet. Check out this list below of five things you didn’t know about T’Challa/Black Panther. 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Black Panther

1) The #1 movie in America

In less than a week, Marvel’s Black Panther has made more money than any other superhero movie in American history—and it doesn’t even come out until February! With already over $292 million at the box office (and climbing), there are some things you probably don’t know about one of 2018’s most popular movies. From its killer soundtrack to its potential cultural impact, here are five awesome facts you probably didn’t know about Black Panther.

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2) Incredible star power 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Black Panther

One of Black Panther’s biggest draws is its star-studded cast. It has a lineup of big names that you won’t see in many other movies: Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett. The movie also has plenty of exciting newcomers like Letitia Wright, Winston Duke and Daniel Kaluuya.

3) An authentic take on Africa

Though director Ryan Coogler is African-American, and though many of Black Panther’s cast members are African or of African descent, Coogler intended to focus on Africa itself—not just Africans in America. We wanted it to feel like Africa, as opposed to an American movie with some Africans in it, he said in an interview. His team scouted dozens of countries before shooting began. They visited Senegal twice: once for research and once for pre-production and location scouting.

4) A great blend of old and new 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Black Panther

While creating a whole new film franchise, Marvel set out to create a film that blended elements of all previous MCU films. As director Ryan Coogler put it, The movie has to stand on its own feet and be something different but also be something familiar so that people can relate to it. Even though many have called Black Panther an origin story, I say it’s actually more like Guardians of The Galaxy: Volume 2—because it succeeds at integrating characters from other MCU films.

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5) A director with vision

Black Panther is directed by a visionary. Marvel hired Creed director Ryan Coogler in part because of his vision for Black Panther as a film, and it shows. Coogler balances humor, action, and drama throughout while developing each character’s individual arc. Each scene feels like a work of art with its own emotional weight — from Killmonger walking down the hall to holding his uncle’s body to Wakanda mourning its fallen king.

5 Things You Didnt Know About Black Panther
5 Things You Didn’t Know About Black Panther

Chadwick Boseman Reveals The Secret To Playing T’Challa

Marvel has become an unrivaled force in the film industry, and its newest addition, Black Panther, directed by Ryan Coogler and starring Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa / Black Panther, will certainly not disappoint. While the cast of this blockbuster includes some well-known actors like Angela Bassett and Forest Whitaker, there’s another actor who shines just as brightly as his Marvel counterparts: Chadwick Boseman.

Why He Is So Passionate About the Character

I felt a lot of responsibility to be as accurate as possible. I didn’t want to be stereotyped, you know? It was important for me to be extremely educated on who I am and my African ancestry… There is a spirit about being African. It’s infectious…It connects people from all over Africa, and that includes diaspora — Africans in America. There is an interconnectedness that binds us together.

How He Prepared to Play T’Challa 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Black Panther

It was a little surreal, because when I got to Wakanda, everything had already been done. They’d cast all of those roles and done all of that prep work for all of those roles. But it’s what you want as an actor. You don’t want to feel like you have a safety net underneath you where it doesn’t really matter what you do in your performance.

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3 Mistakes He Made While Learning How to Become Black Panther

Making mistakes is a natural part of life, and nowhere is that more evident than on screen. With Black Panther debuting in theaters worldwide, Chadwick Boseman shared with People how he made three mistakes while learning how to become Marvel’s latest superhero.

What it Means to be a Real Hero 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Black Panther

When playing a role of a superhero like Black Panther, it’s important to be a real life hero too. Chadwick recently joined forces with Big Brothers Big Sisters for their Ready To Be A Hero campaign. He talked about his favorite memories growing up, as well as his character in Black Panther and what he hopes viewers will take away from it.

Why He Wants to Leave His Mark on This Character

When Chadwick Boseman first arrived on Marvel Studios’ radar to play prince T’Challa in Captain America: Civil War, he immediately made a lasting impression. Director Joe Russo said, The character has a lot of depth and gravitas that we felt would not be present if we went with an unknown actor.

Question & Answers

How many drones are in the New Black Panther 2 movie?

I can’t give you an exact number, he says. But there are a lot more [drones] than in Captain America: Civil War. We have different types of drones that we haven’t seen before. And they’re very specific to what they do and how they help us fight.

Is killmonger returning in Black Panther wakanda forever?

So Killmonger is back. Remember when that guy showed up in Captain America: Civil War and we knew nothing about him other than he was played by Michael B. Jordan, and everyone just assumed he was going to be a villain, but then he turned out to be awesome? Yeah, that’s Killmonger again.

5 facts why Black Panther is similar to Batman

Both Bruce Wayne and T’Challa lost their parents at a young age. Both were raised by someone else: Batman was raised by Alfred, while Black Panther was raised by his father. Both become head of their company after they witnessed something traumatic. Both received support from individuals who shared their vision: Batman gained help from Jim Gordon, Commissioner Gordon and Lucius Fox, while Black Panther got help from Everett Ross and Okoye.

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