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"The real question is WHAT ARE THOSE??!"
Shuri is awed by the open toed shoes T'Challa wears in her lab. (Either that, or she's angry that he's wearing open-toed shoes in her lab.)


  • An undercover Zuri in 1992 describing the Dora Milaje as "Grace Jones-looking chicks with spears." Even better, Zuri knows damn well who they are, so in-universe he manages to come up with that on the fly and sell it to N'Jobu.
    • Then, when T'Chaka reveals himself, N'Jobu immediately kneels, but Zuri-as-James just stands there for a second. N'Jobu smacks him from the chest without getting up, essentially saying "Bow, you idiot!" Funny the first time around, even funnier the second time around.
  • We first see T'Challa and Okoye when they're about to intercept the caravan Nakia is on. Okoye gears up to go with him, but T'Challa assures her he can handle it alone. Okoye's reaction is basically the non-verbal equivalent of "Riiight."
  • Okoye tells T'Challa not to "freeze" before he attacks the convoy to free Nakia, to which he answers "I never freeze." Guess what he does upon being reunited with Nakia?
    T'Challa: Nakia... Hi...
    • T'Challa doing that? Funny. T'Challa doing that while fully dressed in his badass Black Panther suit? Hilarious.
    • It's his tone of voice that sells it: normally T'Challa sounds stoic and badass, but here he sounds more like a nervous teen greeting his crush.
      • Watch Nakia's reaction immediately when he freezes up. Her annoyed look is priceless, as if to say "You are actually doing this right now?"
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    • Also Okoye's reaction after she drops into deal with the last of the militants who was threatening a hostage to make T'Challa stand down.
      Okoye: You froze.
  • And then Okoye gleefully points out to everyone that he did "freeze", when they return home.
    Shuri: Did he freeze?
    Okoye: Like an antelope in headlights. [grins]
    Shuri: [laughs her head off]
    T'Challa: [annoyed at Okoye] Are you finished?
    • With added icing to the cake, Okoye winks back at Shuri with a slightly trollish grin on her face. These girls really like to tease T'Challa for laughs.
    • The Hungarian subtitles may top it, as Okoye instead responds that he froze "Like Captain America."
  • Shuri flips T'Challa the bird after he makes a crack at her choice in ceremonial garb, and Ramonda knows what Shuri does without even turning around to see it. (In high def, this is probably because she sees T'Challa's shocked reaction.) Ramonda reprimands Shuri, who then apologizes... to her mother.
  • During T'Challa's coronation when Zuri asks if anyone of royal blood wants to challenge for the throne Shuri raises her hand. For a moment there is shock as it looks like T'Challa will have to fight his sister, until Shuri explains "This corset is really uncomfortable, so can we all wrap this up and go home?". In reaction, T'Challa is struggling not to laugh - and even some of the Dora Milaje are grinning.
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  • When talking to W'Kabi, T'Challa gets a call from Okoye on his beads... a split second before W'Kabi gets the same call on his.
    T'Challa: You too, huh?
    W'Kabi: Bast, we're in trouble.
  • Shuri briefs T'Challa before his mission to South Korea.
    Shuri: Who are you taking with you to Korea?
    T'Challa: Okoye... and Nakia, as well.
    Shuri: Are you sure it's a good idea to take your ex with you on a mission?
    T'Challa: Yes.[Beat. He looks at Shuri] We'll be fine. Besides, you'll be on call should we need backup.
    Shuri: [under her breath] Yes!
  • Shuri making fun of the royal sandals before introducing her nanomachine-laden, total sound absorption footwear. Which she named "Sneakers" (with T'Challa reacting the same way anyone would hearing that). Also that it's implied that she got the idea from Back to the Future Part II (and that T'Chaka was a big fan).
    • Shuri's reaction to T'Challa's sandals: WHAT ARE THOOOOOOOOOSE?!
      • Even better is Shuri's huge :D facial expression when she says it.
  • While demonstrating the new Black Panther suit's ability to absorb and weaponize kinetic energy, Shuri tells T'Challa to strike the suit. Then after setting the suit up again after T'Challa knocks it halfway across the room, she tells him to hit it again. Cue her big brother being blown backwards. Shuri, naturally, is filming the entire thing and laughing her head off afterwards.
    T'Challa: Delete that footage!
    • What's more hilarious is that this is totally a setup by Shuri. The first time she told T'Challa to hit it, the suit flew like a ragdoll and Shuri made a fuss how he hit it too hard. Then she told him to hit it again and activate the kinetic blast function, led to the above.
    • Even better, T'Challa knows it. It's clearly not the first time Shuri's tried to prank him, you can just see the resignation on his face as he willingly walks into Shuri's latest shenanigan.
  • All in all, Black Panther's previous appearances have been about him being effortlessly badass and even when angry always in control of himself. The first act of the movie after the prologue is his family and friends roasting him mercilessly.
  • Before he robs a vibranium warhammer, Killmonger tells the museum guide that he'll take it, as though he were going to buy it. She's clearly perplexed and wondering if he's in the right building.
    • In a Freeze-Frame Bonus, eagle-eyed viewers who look at the museum guide's coffee will see that the name "Thomas" is written on the side of the cup. Made even funnier by the fact that Killmonger's girlfriend was working undercover as a barista and is likely whom the guide got her coffee from.
    • After Klaue stashes the vibranium hammer, he notices Killmonger eyeing a tribal mask.
      Klaue: You're not telling me that's vibranium too?
      Killmonger: Nah. I'm just feelin' it. [grabs it]
    • After he and Klaue escape in an ambulance, we see Killmonger make out with his girlfriend. Some people get a room, but Erik Killmonger gets an ambulance.
  • While undercover in Busan, Okoye complains about having to wear a wig. She throws it at one of Klaue's goons.
    • Nakia teasingly suggests Okoye 'whip her hair back and forth'.
    • Heck, Okoye's entire attempt at infiltration is low-key amusing. Fearsome warrior the General might be, she's crap at blending in.
  • Everett Ross reminding T'Challa that after the events of Captain America: Civil War, he used his pull to keep secret from the world that "the ruler of a third-world country runs around in a bulletproof cat suit."
  • Stan Lee's cameo in the underground casino. T'Challa wins a gambling game for Ross and leaves without the prize. Stan moves all of the chips to his side for "safe keeping."
  • Klaue and his henchmen are being chased by Nakia and Okoye. The latter gets out of the car and on top of it before driving a spear through it, much to Nakia's dismay. Okoye then throws her spear, which goes through the windshield of the henchmen's car and lands in front of it, stopping the car dead. Nakia and Klaue's responses to this are priceless:
    Nakia: Whoo!
    Klaue: Oh, shit...
    Okoye: [grins]
  • When Klaue destroys their car with his Arm Cannon, Okoye flips out of the tumbling wreckage and surfs on a piece of debris to safety. Nakia, having been strapped to the driver's seat while Okoye was on top of the vehicle, doesn't have nearly enough time to react and awkwardly slides down into view in the chair, hands still clasping the orphaned steering wheel. It's so ridiculously cartoony, it's like something out of a Looney Tunes cartoon. Then Ross drives up, and asks meekly if Okoye can put her spear in the trunk.
  • When Shuri sees that T'Challa had activated her "remotely control a car" gadget, she starts Squeeing like a fangirl meeting her favorite boy band as she jumps in to drive.
    Shuri: Wait, which side of the road is this?
    T'Challa: For Bast's sake, just drive!
    Shuri: Okay, calm down!
    • At one point during T'Challa's side of the chase, a man falls out of the car he's attacking and rolls into the path of Shuri's car. A concerned Shuri feels the car jolt and asks, "Hey, what was that?" to which T'Challa replies, "Don't worry about it, you're doing great!" He almost sounds like a proud parent at their preschooler's first recital.
    • At the end of the chase, Klaue destroys the car with his sonic cannon, which cues a Rapid-Fire "No!" Oh, Crap! from Shuri, apparently forgetting she's not even physically there. For all intents and purposes, she is behaving like a Let's Play gamer about to lose to a boss.
    • Not to mention it turned the simulation off, caused the car she was sitting in (which is the remote itself) to dissipate, and cause her to fall on her ass as a result. Bit of a design flaw there.
  • Okoye's utterly deadpan reaction when she and Nakia are being shot at with firearms during the chase in Korea.
    Okoye: Guns. So primitive.
  • Eventually, Okoye gets bored and climbs up to the top of the car to take care of the shooters. She also stabs the roof with her spear. If Nakia's non-verbally complaining to this is any indication, it must belong to her.
  • Klaue. Just... Klaue.
    • His Establishing Character Moment in the museum heist: he and an accomplice show up disguised as paramedics, kill all but one guard, and he offers to spare this guard if he doesn't tell anyone what he saw, and then shoots the guy In the Back as he runs away. It's Andy Serkis' ridiculously hammy delivery that takes it from just disturbing to darkly hilarious.
    • When Ross mocks his "entourage" and sarcastically asks if they're going to release a mixtape, Klaue reveals they actually have made one and offers him a copy via Soundcloud.
      Ross: Please don't make me listen to your music.
    • Where was he keeping the extremely valuable Vibranium hammer? His Trouser Space. Mildly funny, sure. It's wrapped in white packaging paper. Meh. Written on the packaging is the word FRAGILE. The theater proceeds to suffer a bad fit of giggles.
      "I was going to buy a fancy suitcase... but I thought I'd save myself some money."
    • His response to blasting a safe with cash at the casino:
      Klaue: [gleefully] I made it rain!
    • It's followed up by him excitedly yelling to his henchmen "THAT WAS AWESOME!" like a giddy ten-year-old.
    • He then tells his men to put on some music for the car chase, insisting "Put some music on! What do you think this is, a funeral?" The music they put on becomes the BGM for the rest of the scene.
      • Even better, the song is a remix of "Opps" by Vince Staples from the Black Panther companion album.
    • While he waits for Ross to interrogate him, Klaue yells "I can see you!" to the one way mirror and gives a smooch. T'Challa is clearly disgusted inside.
    • Singing his own rendition of "What Is Love?" It's weirdly endearing.
    • When Killmonger and his men show up to bust Klaue out, they don't even bother to untie him; they just grab the chair and cart it off with Klaue still chained up in it, alternating between laughing his head off and bitching that they took their sweet time coming to free him.
    • Even in death, Klaue has a big stupid grin on his face.
  • When Ross and T'Challa are arguing over who has jurisdiction over Klaue, Okoye gets pissed when Ross gives T'Challa a friendly tap on the chest, and says in Wakandan that if he touches T'Challa again she'll impale him to a desk. Much to Ross's bemusement, as he doesn't understand a word she's saying.
    Ross: Does she speak English?
    Okoye: When she wants to.
    • What makes this also funny is T'Challa's reaction to Okoye's statement. He intentionally touches Ross's shoulder, which technically means that if she wants to keep her promise, she'd have to nail Ross to the desk now.
    • Even better is the exchange immediately after Ross leaves to interrogate Klaue. Okoye sounds like an unrepentant child, and T'Challa sounds more entertained than anything else.
      T'Challa: [chidingly] Okoye...
      Okoye: Baahh!
      T'Challa: [barely keeping a straight face] Play nice.
      Okoye: [scoffs] Americans...
      • Hilariously, Ross doesn't notice the two are doing Good Cop/Bad Cop on him, despite having suggested he and T'Challa do the very thing just before the two of them start on him.
  • When T'Challa and co. bring the injured Ross to Wakanda, Shuri responds by saying "Great, another broken white boy to fix. This is going to be fun". Also quite fitting seeing how she's the one who meets with Bucky Barnes in the post-credits scene.
  • In a bit of Black Comedy before killing him, Killmonger felt the need to show off how utterly unimpressed he was by Klaue's warnings about Wakanda.
    Klaue: You really want to go to Wakanda? They're savages! [shows off a brand in his neck] This is what they do to people like us.
    Killmonger: I ain't worried 'bout no brand. Check these out. [rolls up his left sleeve to show off his scars] Each one for a kill.
    Klaue: You can scar yourself as much as you like. To them, you'll just be an outsider. You're crazy to think you can just walk in there [Killmonger pulls down his lower lip to reveal his birth tattoo] ...aaaaahh. And to think I saw you as some crazy American. [starts laughing before Killmonger shoots him.]
  • Shuri referring to Ross as "colonizer." Specially ironic considering that Shuri is from Wakanda, which was never a colony, while Ross comes from the USA, which was. Funnier still when you consider the fact that both characters are played by Brits.
    • When he first comes to and finds himself in Shuri's lab, he reasonably asks where he is. Shuri sarcastically tells him he's in Kansas. Her tone makes it sound like she's going to exasperatedly follow that response up with "Where the hell do you think you are, you idiot?"
  • Killmonger's smug delivery of "Hey, Auntie" to Ramonda after she and everyone else learns he is N'Jobu's son.
  • Before he and T'Challa partake in the Challenge for the throne, Killmonger grabs a sword and a spear. Finding the spear's long shaft to be a hindrance to him, he snaps the majority of the shaft off and decides to use it as a makeshift dagger instead. He is even briefly shown thrusting it forward as if using it to shank someone.
  • When Ross tries to say something about Killmonger during the audience with M'Baku, M'Baku and his warriors just start their gorilla war chant/grunt until Ross awkwardly trails off. M'Baku then threatens that he will feed Ross to his children if he speaks again... and after a few seconds of keeping a straight face, smiles and assures him it was a joke and that his tribe/family is vegetarian. They still believed it for a second.
    • Ross actually gives a slightly nervous grin after that.
    • Not to mention M'Baku laughing at his own joke for a few seconds. And only M'Baku, since the two mooks by his side remain stoic and unmoved. You can also see M'Baku glancing at his mooks as if to say "you guys see what I did there, wasn't that hilarious?"
    • What make this scene so satisfying is that it's totally in line with his earlier characterization and comic history. A brilliant showcase of Hidden Depths that subvert expectation and Foreshadowing. It's also hilarious when you realize that despite their reputation, gorillas really are herbivores. M'Baku is well aware of the man-eating Killer Gorilla stereotype and plays it up for his own amusement.
    • Later, when the ritual to revive a comatose T'Challa is performed, M'Baku turns away to give the family some privacy and glares at Ross, who quickly does the same.
  • Between the scenes above, his Moment Killer yawn and later Hahaha No, M'Baku is a comedy gold mine and an unexpected source of hilarity.
    M'Baku: Are you done?
    • Following this, T'Challa attempts an Enemy Mine with M'Baku.
      T'Challa: I could use an army.
      M'Baku: I bet that you could. [laughs] But no.
      T'Challa: [frowns]
    • Later on, however, M'Baku changes his mind and brings to the Jabari with him to battle anyway. Considering how he's presented himself so far, he could have been trolling T'Challa again.
  • After returning to life whilst being buried in the snow, T'Challa jokingly asks for a blanket.
  • It's an otherwise dramatic moment, but when T'Challa confronts Killmonger after recovering his powers and coming back from the brink of death, the latter responds to the former calling out his name in challenge with an irreverent "Wassup?" and is equally dismissive of T'Challa's Badass Boast.
    Killmonger: All that challenge shit is over with! I'm the king now!
  • At one point in the Final Battle, Nakia and Shuri have to sneak Ross into Shuri's lab. Being the only white person around, he'll obviously stick out like a sore thumb. Their solution? Putting a black ski mask over his head.
  • Ross being frequently shocked at how advanced Wakanda's technology is.
    Shuri: [while asking Ross to remotely pilot a Wakandan fighter plane] It's just like riding a hoverbike.
    Ross: Wait, you guys have hoverbikes?
  • During the final showdown, Okoye steps in the path of the armored rhino that nearly kills M'Baku. The rhino stops and gently licks Okoye's face. W'Kabi, who was riding the Rhino, is visibly very annoyed.
  • After the final fight, T'Challa and Nakia are talking, but he interrupts her to sneak in a quick kiss. "You can't blame me, I almost died."
  • In the last scene, when T'Challa brings Shuri to the Oakland neighborhood where N'Jobu and Erik lived, she complains that when he told her they were going to California, she assumed that meant going to a place like Coachella or Disneyland.
  • When one of the American black kids sees the Wakandan aircraft, he calls it a "Bugatti spaceship!" Later in the scene when they discuss what to do with it, one of them suggests stripping it and selling the parts on Ebay.
  • In the mid-credits scene, one of the UN delegates patronizingly asks what a nation of Wakandan "farmers" can offer the world. T'Challa smirks. Cue Smash to Black.
    • There is also Ross' smug smile during the whole thing.
  • In the post-credit scene, one of the curious children innocently poking at (what turns out to be) Bucky's face, as though wondering "Is he awake yet"?
  • For anyone who sees this film at the Alamo Drafthouse chain of theaters, a glorious additional Brick Joke is added. At the beginning of the film, Chadwick Boseman is part of a promotional ad telling the audience not to talk or text during the film. He asserts that he will watch them the whole time, ending the ad with "I'm still watchin'!" Two and a half hours later, the credits are done, the stinger scenes are done, the screen goes black... and Chadwick pops up onscreen again.
    Chadwick Boseman: I'm STILL watchin'!


  • The kidnappers don't see Black Panther in the trees until a dog starts barking at him. It's an extreme of a dog barking a cat up a tree.
  • In the official trailer, Everett Ross recaps how he has seen gods fly, men build superweapons, and aliens drop out of the sky, but has never seen anything like Wakanda. He asks T'Challa what else is he hiding, and T'Challa gives a slight smile in reply.
  • There's also the song apparently replying to Ross's questions.
    Ross: I've seen men build weapons that I couldn't even imagine.
    Song: Uh-huh?
    Ross: I've seen aliens drop from the sky.
    Song: Yeah?
    Ross: But I've never seen anything like this. How much more are you hiding?
    Song: Hol' up!


  • A pair of teens try to Vincent Adultman their way into a single ticket.
  • A theater in Atlanta accidentally started playing Fifty Shades Freed instead at an opening night screening. One person in attendance said she first suspected something was wrong when the trailers included Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.
  • As Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis were the only white actors to play major roles in the film, a meme was quickly passed around claiming that they were the Tolkien White Guys.
  • What happens to the one white guy in the office after the film's release.
  • A couple of people noticed that Killmonger's outfit bears a distinct resemblance to Vegeta, which has led to many jokes about Erik being an anime fan, made even funnier with the fact that Michael B. Jordan is one in real life.
    Killmonger: You and me? You and me are like that part in Naruto, where Naruto fights Sasuke at the Valley of the End. The part during the Sasuke retrieval arc, you know what I'm saying?
    T'Challa: Wh- I don't understand a word you're saying.
    • Alternatively, this tweet:
      Killmonger: See, I'm like the official translation on Crunchyroll, you're a bit-torrent bootleg in RealMedia format. Hardcoded subs, dog.
      T'Challa: I speak 47 languages and that is none of them.
    • Also alternatively:
      T'Challa: At least I don't watch anime.
  • Overlapping with Heartwarming, thanks to The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, we get an Engineered Public Confession of sorts when fans of the movie get to say what they like to a Black Panther poster for reference, only to be surprised by Chadwick Boseman himself appearing after he'd heard everything. High points include one woman getting nicknamed "Killmonger's momma" thanks to her hairdo—which Fallon and Boseman visibly struggle to keep silent for—and one guy admitting that he'd watched it again through let's say, a cheaper source.
    Boseman: You gon' bootleg my movie?!
  • A town in Illinois called Wauconda was suddenly deluged with obvious jokes, just like any town named Sparta after the release of 300.
  • A girl named Sophia Robbnote  became a viral sensation after her dentist posted on Tumblr about her breaking her retainer from clenching her teeth so hard at the sight of Michael B. Jordan's pecs. Jordan himself then offered to pay for her new one.
  • Chadwick Boseman hosted Saturday Night Live, and he performed in-character as T'Challa on Black Jeopardy!.
  • After the movie's release, Sebastian Stan got a call from his mother, asking him why he wasn't in the movie like he said he was. He explained he only appeared after the credits. Her response: "I'm not sitting through the credits for that!"
  • This college student who fooled his professor with a Powerpoint presentation about Wakanda. The professor still fell for it despite the Comic Sans font, blatant abundance of Pokémon gifs, and everyone else in the class trying their damndest not to break the facade.
  • After winning "Best Villain" at the MTV Movie Awards, Michael B. Jordan finished his acceptance speech by saying that Chadwick Boseman told him to tell everyone to stop making him do "Wakanda Forever" on the streets.
    Jordan: You're taking the "Forever" part too seriously!
    • Plus opening the speech by saying he'd figured Roseanne Barr was a lock for the award.
    • Of course Twitter had a mountain of jokes about the fact he managed to beat Thanos. Think about that for a second.
      Tweet:"Imagine you a Galactic Titan that done murdered your own stepdaughter for a Soul Stone and you get beat out for 'Best Villain' by a nigga mad because he got left behind in Oakland smh"
  • At the 91st annual Academy Award ceremony, the movie's Best Picture nomination was introduced by Trevor Noah. During his presentation, he said:
    Growing up as a young boy in Wakanda, I would see T'Challa flying over our village, and he would remind me of a great Xhosa phrase. He says "abelungu abazi ubu ndiyaxoka" - which means "In times like these, we are stronger when we fight together than when we try to fight apart".
    • Noah's crack about growing up in Wakanda was an obvious joke, but only speakers of Xhosa realized what he actually said in that language was "White people don't know I'm lying".

Everett Ross: Is this Wakanda?
Shuri: No. It's Kansas.


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