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  • Ability over Appearance: Michael B. Jordan is 6'0"note  tall compared to the 6'6"note  height of Killmonger in the comics while also lacking the brutish physique of his comics counterpart. However, Jordan was cast because of his performances in Fruitvale Station and Creed.
  • All-Star Cast: With Chadwick Boseman as the lead, you have Lupita Nyong'o, Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Michael B. Jordan, Martin Freeman, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Daniel Kaluuya, John Kani, Sterling K. Brown, and Andy Serkis. Plus a cameo from Sebastian Stan.
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  • Approval of God: Christopher Priest (comics), widely considered the definitive writer for Black Panther and whose run the film draws heavily on, did a very glowing review of the film.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Michael B. Jordan took the part because he wanted to play a ruthless villain, as he was getting tired of playing charming Nice Guys in all his movies.
  • California Doubling: Atlanta and its suburbs stood in for most of the international locations in the movie, such as London or South Korea, as well as the scenes in Oakland.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor:
    • In the Japanese dub, Shuri is voiced by Kanako Momota, the lead singer of Momoiro Clover Z.
    • In the original cast, people only started noticing months after the fact that the AI of Shuri's control system (that Ross uses to destroy the transports) is voiced by Trevor Noah.
  • Creator Backlash: In an interview after the movie's release, director Ryan Coogler regretted that he had to kill off Klaue. Although Coogler personally enjoyed the character, he couldn't find any way to keep him in without derailing the film's plot.
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  • Dawson Casting: Shuri is supposed to be 16 but Letitia Wright was 24 during filming.
  • Deleted Scene: Coogler's original submitted cut is rumored to have been four hours long:
    • Okoye and W'Kabi talk after T'Challa loses the duel against Erik Killmonger. W'Kabi blames T'Challa for bringing Ulysses Klaue to strangers (CIA, UNO) instead of to his people, and fully lays out his motives for helping Erik.
    • In a flashback, while playing in the Catacombs, young T'Challa and Nakia find T'Chaka mourning over a difficult choice he had to make. King and prince discuss the responsibilities and the burden of being a king.
    • T'Challa remembers when T'Chaka gave him the mantle of Black Panther, while remaining the king. Zuri tells him T'Chaka had told him he had grown too fat for the suit.
    • Right before his speech to the UN, King T'Challa meets Everett Ross. Ross tries to dissuade him from revealing Wakanda's wealth and power to the world, but T'Challa tells him he won't rule by fear anymore. Then Ross tries to wish the king luck in Wakandian, but ends up saying "Good luck and many shoelaces" instead.
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  • Development Hell: Plans for a Black Panther movie stretch as far back as 1992, but various problems, including those with potential scripts, corporate troubles, and casting conflicts, kept the idea from getting off the ground until 2014, over two decades after the original concept was pitched.
  • Enforced Method Acting: Michael B. Jordan chose to stay off-set until he was filming his scenes, in order to make the hostility and unfamiliarity the other characters feel toward Erik feel more authentic.
  • Executive Meddling: If you're wondering why it took so long to get a Black Panther movie, blame Ike Perlmutter - Kevin Feige wanted one (as well as Captain Marvel (2019)) much earlier, but Perlmutter refused, allegedly due to believing that a movie with a lead that wasn't a white male wouldn't sell (a belief that rings hollow not only due to the success of Wonder Woman (2017), but also when you consider the success of Blade Trilogy), and only agreed to make the movie after Kevin Feige agreed to make an Inhumans movie. After Feige was put in a position that doesn't require him to answer to Perlmutter, the Inhumans movie got put on ice, and Black Panther and Captain Marvel both got pushed up.
  • Fake American: The very British Martin Freeman plays American Everett Ross.
  • Fake Nationality:
    • A given, considering Wakanda is a fictional country, albeit one clearly placed in a real world region going by the shot of the map in Civil War (it's cut out of bits of southern Ethiopia and northern Kenya). Most of the Wakandans were played by African-American actors (namely Chadwick Boseman, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Winston Dukenote , Sterling K. Brown, and Danai Guriranote ) while Daniel Kaluuya is Black Britishnote , Florence Kasumba is Ugandan-Germannote , John Kani is South-African and Letitia Wright is Guyanese-British. Arguably counts as Race Lift as well since African-Americans (and Guyanese) are descended primarily from west and central Africans, who differ significantly in terms of genetics from east Africans.
    • Andy Serkis, who is a Brit of Iraqi-Armenian descent, is playing an Afrikaner, an ethnic group primarily descended from the Dutch.
  • Fan Nickname: Killmonger is sometimes called "Golden Jaguar" due to his gold-accented version of Black Panther's suit.
  • I Am Not Spock: Several of the cast members, including Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan, are tired of the constant requests to do the Wakandan salute. It got to point where Jordan mentioned that he never does the salute in the movie.
  • I Knew It!: Many fans guessed that Bucky would appear in the movie. Lo and behold, he shows up in The Stinger.
  • Inspiration for the Work: Ryan Coogler was influenced by 1970s films such as the works of Francis Ford Coppola in that decade, as well as crime fiction. He also watched the film A Prophet for inspiration.
  • Irony as She Is Cast:
  • Jossed: As this is the last movie before Infinity War, some expected the plot to involve the Soul Stone, the only Infinity Stone we haven't yet seen. No dice. Also theories around T'Challa's ring and its connection to said Soul Stone. Other than being a plot device, the royal rings aren't explored either.
  • Life Imitates Art: The royal costume of T'Challa wore when he was sitting in his throne looks a lot like baju koko (a type of shirt predominantly worn by Muslim) and thus inspired Indonesian designs of baju koko which can be found in online shops across Indonesia.
  • Lucky Translation: Shuri's pun about calling silent shoes "Sneakers".
    • In Hebrew, it is "Hasneakers". "Has" is Hebrew for "Hush", so all they needed was to add a hyphen in the subtitles.
    • Even better in Hungarian as sneakers are called "Surranó" so Shuri calls her silent shoes "Shuri-nó"
  • Meaningful Release Date: The film was the first MCU release in the month of February, which, in the United States, happens to be Black History Month.
  • Meme Acknowledgement: Letitia Wright foresaw how popular Shuri's "WHAT ARE THOOOSE?" scene was going to be and joked that she is currently making sure her sneaker game is on point to avoid the line being used against her.
  • Missing Trailer Scene: Ross saying he's never seen anything like Wakanda with nods to other MCU movies is not in the final film.
  • Pet Fad Starter: The movie is attributed to causing a boost in black cat adoptions.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • This is Michael B. Jordan's first villain role, a marked contrast from his last major superhero movie, where he played the Human Torch. It can also be seen as Playing with Character Type in his case, given that many of his character's mannerisms are villainous spins on the same traits that he's had in other roles.
    • In terms of directing, this is the first time that Ryan Coogler has handled a big-budget superhero movie. Prior to Black Panther, Coogler's movies (Fruitvale Station and Creed) have been lower-budget, realistic films.
  • Playing Gertrude: Angela Bassett was 58 during filming, only 18 years older than Chadwick Boseman. Not too unusual an age for giving birth, though she is a bit young for the full head of grey hair Ramonda sports.
  • Production Posse:
    • Michael B. Jordan, who starred in Coogler's previous two films, plays the villain here.
    • Coogler has also brought on Rachel Morrison as cinematographer (who previously worked on Fruitvale Station), Ludwig Goransson as composer and Michael P. Shawver and Claudia Castello as editors (all of whom previously worked on Fruitvale and Creed).
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  • Real-Life Relative:
    • John Kani (who plays old King T'Chaka) and Atandwa Kani (younger King T'Chaka) are father and son, respectively.
    • Juan Antonio Edwards (the Latin American voice for Everett K. Ross) and Erica Edwards (the LA voice for the museum director) are father and daughter, respectively.
  • Reality Subtext:
    • The Black Panther party, a Black nationalist organization that boldly asserted its right to bear arms, originated in Oakland, CA. The movie Black Panther begins in Oakland, with N'Jobu forming a Black nationalist organization and building an arsenal of Wakandan weaponry.note 
    • More than one article has been written on how Agent Ross provides a model of "allyship," a social-justice term for someone trying to help a minority fight against oppression despite not being a member of said minority. A lot of allies, both in fiction and in Real Life, end up acting as though It's All About Me. Ross, on the other hand, is willing to listen about the things he doesn't know; takes orders from the Wakandans without hesitation; uses his skills and privilege (combat piloting) where they tell him they need it; and doesn't demand praise or accolades afterwards (in fact, after his thread of the Final Battle is wrapped up, he just plain disappears until The Stinger).
  • The Red Stapler: Several African clothing retailers saw sales significantly increase after the film was released, thanks to fans wanting to buy clothes similar to what the characters wear.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: A cross-language version: Killmonger's voice actresses in both Japanese and Latin American Spanish dubs (Kenjiro Tsuda and Alejandro Orozco respectively) voiced Kylo Ren in their respective dubs of the Star Wars sequel trilogy.
  • Separated-at-Birth Casting: Denzel Whitaker (the younger Zuri) looks a lot like Forest Whitaker (Zuri in the present day). Unlike the T'Chaka actors above, they are not related despite the same surnames.
  • Short Run in Peru: The movie was released a bit sooner in other countries than its February 16 American date. Notably, February 14 in France.
  • Star-Making Role: Letitia Wright and Winston Duke (but the former mostly) are considered as the film's breakout stars (the rest of the cast are already well-known and established). This is, however, regarded as the role that solidified Chadwick Boseman as a major star.
  • Toyless Toyline Character: Most of the major characters (Black Panther, Killmonger, Nakia, Shuri and Okoye) were featured in Hasbro's product line for the film. Strangely, despite their importance, Klaue and M'Baku did not receive action figures.
  • Underage Casting: Michael B. Jordan was born in 1987, but Killmonger's younger Time-Shifted Actor during 1992 is clearly middle school aged, meaning Killmonger is older than Jordan by at least three years.
  • What Could Have Been:
  • Word of God:
    • Director Ryan Coogler confirmed that Killmonger's mother died in prison and the plan that N'Jobu and Zuri's talk at the start of the movie is a plan to break her out.
    • Coogler explained that Donald Glover is to blame for Shuri's "WHAT ARE THOOOOSE?!" line, as Glover was given the script to critique.
    • Michael B. Jordan claims that Killmonger's "battle vest" wasn't an intentional Vegeta reference, but he and Ryan Coogler are both anime fans, which would explain where the image came from.

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