Spielberg's Lincoln Influenced M'Baku's Challenge
The first time that audiences see the Jabari, who are led by M'Baku, is during T'Challa's coronation. The entire sequence - from the Jabari's entrance to M'Baku's challenge - was inspired by Steven Spielberg's Lincoln. All of the political differences and the arguments regarding tradition were taken from that film. What's more, the barking that M'Baku does later in the film, when he cuts off Agent Ross, was actually improvised by the actor Winston Duke. What's even funnier is that Duke had done something similar when he briefly starred on the TV show Modern Family.
Shuri's "What Are Those?" Reference & Back to the Future
Every now and then a blockbuster movie will have a character that either audiences can connect with on a meta level or serves as the audiences' surrogate in the story. Shuri was more of the former in Black Panther - and that was mostly due to her knowledge of the outside world through the internet. Ryan Coogler not only confirmed the film's Back to the Future Part II reference with Shuri's "sneakers," but also mentioned that Shuri's "What are those?" joke was meant to show that she's connected with the rest of the world. That comes up again later when she brings up Coachella in the Oakland scene.
Stan Lee's Favorite Thing About T'Challa/Black Panther
Stan Lee has co-created some of the most iconic characters in comic book history - and one of those is T'Challa, aka the Black Panther. While there are a lot of aspects to Black Panther and his seemingly magical technology, the one thing that Lee loves most about the character is that he's filthy rich, which makes sense since Lee's cameo in the Black Panther movie was during the film's casino sequence. And in that scene, T'Challa leaves behind a lot of money without thinking twice... because he can.
Casino Scene Was Going To Be One Shot
The casino scene is one of the most interesting sequences in the Black Panther movie, and that's followed up with an impressive car chase scene as well. While there are a few short tracking shots in the scene, there was originally a plan to make the fighting sequence one, long tracking shot, but that idea was eventually scrapped in favor of small breaks. Still, despite those cuts, the sequence still flows as if it was still one tracking shot.
The Fate of Killmonger's Mom
It's revealed about midway through Black Panther that Erik Stevens' (aka Erik Killmonger) father, N'Jobu, was killed by T'Challa's father, T'Chaka, during the Oakland sequence in 1992. That's what sets him on the path to eventually take over Wakanda for himself. But one thing that's not explicitly revealed in the movie, yet is briefly mentioned in the film's audio commentary, is the fate of Killmonger's mother. In the movie, audiences hear N'Jobu talk about breaking a woman out of jail. According to Ryan Coogler, that woman is Killmonger's mother. And since N'Jobu never got the chance to rescue her, she inevitably died in prison, thus leaving Erik an orphan.
Francis Ford Coppola Saw an Early Cut of Black Panther
Legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola saw an early cut of Black Panther. He told Ryan Coogler that his favorite scene was when T'Challa confronts Zuri about the ring he saw on Killmonger's necklace. That's when the film cuts back to the opening Oakland scene and see Wakanda's "original sin" of T'Chaka killing N'Jobu and setting the movie's plot in motion. Coogler considers it to be one of the most important scenes in the film, which Coppola appears to agree with.
The Black Panther Cast Reveal Their Favorite MCU Movies
The Black Panther movie had been in development for over two decades, and when it finally released, it became the 18th installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That means there were a lot of Marvel movies that came before it. And here are the Black Panther casts' favorite MCU movies: Thor: Ragnarok (Chadwick Boseman, Letitia Wright, Andy Serkis), Iron Man (Martin Freeman, Ryan Coogler), Black Panther (Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett).
It's no surprise that the majority of the cast would choose their own film as the best MCU movie, and in fact, many critics and moviegoers would agree with them. But, what's interesting is that the rest either chose the first Iron Man or Thor: Ragnarok; no one chose Captain America: The Winter Soldier or either of the Avengers films. Perhaps they'd feel differently if they were interviewed after Avengers: Infinity War had released.
Killmonger's Mission Statement In Black Panther
Most supervillains are out for power and wealth, but that's what separated Erik Killmonger from the rest of the mustache-twirling bad guys that plague comic book movies. Instead, Killmonger's core "mission statement" was to bring Wakanda into a new era because he felt that "Wakanda is lost." Considering Wakanda was set in their ways, Killmonger wasn't wrong, but his methods surely were. He wanted to essentially take over the planet, whereas T'Challa wants to share Wakanda's knowledge and resources, and also have the nation become a beacon of light for the rest of the world.
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