Long Live the King.
Black Panther is the eighteenth entry in the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe opens this weekend and promises to be another crowd-pleaser judging by the early reviews. Chadwick Boseman reprises his role as T’Challa from Captain America: Civil War, where he returns to Wakanda and prepare to be crowned as king.
The movie not only boasts to be the first film to have a predominantly black cast and crew but it also comes as a pre-serving before Black Panther joins the Avengers in Infinity War.
Before you head out to the cinemas, have a read at some of these awesome facts we’ve curated for you:
- Black Panther is directed by Ryan Coogler, who made the Rocky film ‘Creed’. He also insisted on bringing in his own team to distinguish this movie from other Marvel movies, which he felt were shot and edited by the same person.
- Wesley Snipes famously campaigned to get a Black Panther movie made through Columbia Pictures but when that deal didn’t go through, he went on to play the vampire Blade.
- Anthony Mackie and Michael B. Jordan originally auditioned to play T’Challa, but even if they were turned down they would eventually play other characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Falcon and Erik Killmonger).
- In Iron Man 2 when Nick Fury was discussing S.H.I.E.L.D. plans with Tony Stark, you can already see that one of the countries the agency is monitoring is Wakanda.
- If Avengers: Age of Ultron is still fresh on your mind, then you would remember that it was Ultron who sliced off the arm of Ulysses Klaue, that’s why it was missing when Black Panther starts.
- Judging the vast amount of vibranium available in Wakanda, it is actually one of the richest countries in the world. T’Challa himself has more money than Tony Stark.
- In case you missed it, Martin Freeman (Agent Everett Ross) and Andy Serkis (Ulysses Klaue) were both in The Hobbit Trilogy as Bilbo Baggins and Gollum respectively.
- Just like every Marvel movie released, expect a cameo by the great Stan Lee.
- Black Panther is the first Marvel Cinematic Universe movie to release this year. Expect two more movies to be released: Avengers: Infinity War at the end of April and Ant-Man and the Wasp in July.
- It is now confirmed that Black Panther will have TWO post-credits scenes.
Black Panther opens in UAE cinemas tomorrow, February 15. Midnight screenings take place tonight.
(Credits go to IMDB.com for these awesome facts!)