When we watch a great movie, it’s hard to know all of its hidden secrets. That’s because we are caught up in the story for the first time, and everything that it takes to create it merely is gone by the wayside. The fact is, at the moment, we don’t care. However, when the movie ends, we find ourselves replaying some of the most epic scenes in our head while wondering how they were made. Sometimes only time will tell the subtleties behind the making of the story, and then, just like any well-loved movie, you will find yourself not being able to watch it without notices these details. Also, only revealing these hidden gems will make you want to watch this movie again so that you can find them for yourself.
Of course, this movie hasn’t had too much time in our lives for us to catch everything as it was only released last February (2018). Regardless, fans are already drawn into the powerful story about T’Challa, who returns to the African nation of Wakanda after the death of his father. Then a mighty enemy reappears in his life, and he’s thrown into a conflict that puts him the fate of the entire world at risk! Now, the new, young king must gather his allies to release the power of Black Panther so that he can defeat his foes and keep his people safe from harm. With that said, let’s hunt for the details of this movie that you may have missed:
1. On location – UNDERGROUND!
It’s easy to assume that the background of this scene was probably made in Hollywood like many movies are but, in this case, it was filmed in an underground railroad! It was perfect.
2. They took a page from ‘The Lion King.’
Sometimes you know when they’ve got a good thing when you start to feel nostalgic as you watch it. Perhaps that feeling is coming from the fact that several of these scenes happen to look just like one of our favorite Disney movies. These scenes are reminiscent of our childhoods.
3. A blast from the past.
Here’s another scene that takes us back to another movie that took us forward into the future. Huh? You’d get if you ever saw ‘Back To The Future Part II’ back in the late 80s. We thought that these self-lacing shoes were the coolest! And it still looks cool in ‘Black Panther.’
4. “WHAT ARE THOOOOSE?!”
Does this sound familiar? Well, that’s because it was about this insanely popular Vine video (and meme).
5. “Another broken white boy for us to fix.”
When Shuri calls Everett this, she’s referring to Bucky Barnes. This happened during a post-credit sequence in ‘Civil War.’ This movie likes to take a bite out of all the best parts!
6. “White Wolf”
This took place in the second post-credit sequence of ‘Black Panther.’ All the children call Bucky Barnes this about T’Challa’s adopted brother in that takes place in the comics.
7 Family resemblance
This movie went a step further by casting actor John Kani’s (T’Chaka) real son as Atandwa Kani. This makes it even more endearing to us! Of course, NOW we see the resemblance! We love it when these details are revealed.
8. Stan Lee
So, we are used to seeing him pop into these movies in some fashion but the credits of this movie; they call him “Thirsty Gambler.” Hilarious!
9. The ‘James Bond’ influence
Ryan Coogler was slightly influenced by this movie in the casino, for example.
10. T’Challa sacrificing himself
We are used to seeing someone throw themselves on a grenade in war scenes, but it also reminds of a similar sequence in ‘Captain America: The First Avenger.’ It was even done as the same sort of selfless act.
11. “Mount Bashenga”
This name was named after the first Black Panther (thousands of years ago). How epic is that? We love a good, historical fact!
If you noticed, T’Challa’s fight with M’Baku happened at dawn which is representative of “a new beginning,” and his fight with Killmonger happened at sunset which represents “his downfall.” However, if you didn’t quite catch this, don’t worry, it’s tricky!
13. Doctor Strange
Did you notice that Killmonger’s allies are in London, New York, and Hong Kong which also happens to be the same cities where you can find Doctor Strange’s sanctums? Could they be an alias?
14. The Leia buns
Everyone recognizes this hairstyle, no matter what century or decade it pops up. In this case, Suri sports this style as well. We all want to wear our hair like this princess!
15. Check the flag!
They line up (TChalla, Okoye, and Nakia) and when they do, you’ll notice that they are wearing red, black and green which are the colors of the Pan-African flag. It’s all in the details. . .
16. Donald Glover is in the credits
That’s because he gave Ryan Coogler some notes on the script. They must have been good enough to get a credit roll at the end!
17. Rachel Morrison is a first!
She is the first female director of photography to get an Oscar nomination for her work in (Mudbound). So, she was a perfect choice for ‘Black Panther.’
18. Rapper Wale makes a cameo
We all love a good cameo and seeing him pop up was a great surprise. You can see him towards the beginning of the film when T’Challa is walking through the streets of Wakanda.
19. Look closely!
In the background of this scene when Ulysses (Andy Serkis) is being interrogated, there appears to be what looks like Captain America with a beard. I know it’s a stretch, but it’s there!
20. The Cradle
When Killmonger held his father in the same cradle-like way that T’Challa held T’Chaka in ‘Civil War.’ So, the same grief applies.