Stephen and Donald Glover consulted with director Ryan Coogler on Black Panther's script days before shooting began. Marvel Studios is one of the biggest studios in Hollywood, but they have a very intimate process when it comes to making their films. The "Marvel Family" consults when possible (i.e. how Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War teams worked together to create Wakanda), and that was no different when it came to the making of Black Panther.
The movie is one project Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige has wanted to make for years, but it wasn't until 2014 that they confirmed their intention with Chadwick Boseman starring. Black Panther marks the first MCU movie led by a person of a color, and it has a predominantly black cast and crew too. As it turns out, Black Panther got even more help from two of Hollywood's rising stars.
Collider spoke to director Ryan Coogler as part of Black Panther's press junket and asked him about something that was spotted during the credits. No, it isn't about either of the film's two post-credits scenes, but rather a special thanks given to Donald Glover and his brother Stephen. Coogler revealed the brothers came in to give notes right before filming began and offered up "some cool insight," but they weren't typical studio notes to make changes, and instead to elevate the material.
Yeah, but it wasn't that kind of a thing where it was a 'Change this, change that.' We were looking at ways to highlight a few more character things, specifically with Shuri were she pokes fun at her brother. Donald's one of the funniest people that I know, so he had some interesting ideas, and Stephen's crazy talented as well.
While many know Donald's work as rapper Childish Gambino, his acting/producing/writing career is really taking off now. He joined the MCU for Spider-Man: Homecoming, and is one of the hottest names in the business after Atlanta. If any further indication of his popularity was needed, the reaction to him as Lando is just the latest evidence. Knowing that he and Stephen - who also served as a writer on Atlanta - helped with Black Panther's script (even in a small way) is great.
The Glover brothers being involved in some capacity is intriguing on its own, but to know they helped with Shuri is fascinating. Letitia Wright is being talked about as the breakout star of Black Panther thanks to her portrayal as Shuri. Whether that is because of her technological skills or her banter with T'Challa, viewers can't seem to get enough of her. Now knowing that the Glovers had something to do with it, there's even more reasons to understand why. Maybe this won't be the last time the Glovers help punch up a MCU script.
- Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019