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"You are a good man with a good heart. And it's hard for a good man to be king."
T'Chaka to T'Challa[src]

Black Panther is a 2018 superhero film, based on the Marvel Comics superhero of the same name. It is a sequel to Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War, and is the eighteenth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well as the sixth installment of Phase Three. The film was released on February 15, 2018 internationally and on February 16, 2018 in the United States.

The film is directed by Ryan Coogler and stars Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa/Black PantherMichael B. Jordan as N'Jadaka/Erik Stevens/Erik KillmongerLupita Nyong'o as NakiaDanai Gurira as OkoyeMartin Freeman as Everett RossAngela Bassett as RamondaForest Whitaker as ZuriAndy Serkis as Ulysses KlaueWinston Duke as M'Baku, Daniel Kaluuya as W'Kabi, Letitia Wright as Shuri and John Kani as T'Chaka.

Synopsis

After the events of Captain America: Civil War, King T'Challa returns home to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country's new leader. However, T'Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from factions within his own country. When two foes conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must team up with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje, Wakandan special forces, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war.[2]

Plot

Centuries ago, as five African tribes war over a meteorite made up of the alien metal vibranium, a warrior ingests a "heart-shaped herb" affected by the metal and gains superhuman abilities. Becoming the first "Black Panther", he unites the five tribes and forms the nation of Wakanda. As time passes, the Wakandans use the vibranium to develop highly-advanced technology while simultaneously isolating themselves from the rest of the world and posing as a third world country.

While working undercover in Oakland, California in the late 20th century, Prince N'Jobu becomes convinced that Wakanda's isolationist policies have done more harm than good and vows to share its technology with people of African descent around the world in order to help them conquer their oppressors. N'Jobu enlists black-market arms dealer Ulysses Klaue to infiltrate Wakanda and remove a cache of vibranium.

In 1992, King T'Chaka learns of his brother's actions. He confronts N'Jobu, who becomes angry and threatens to kill T'Chaka's loyal friend, Zuri. T'Chaka reluctantly kills N'Jobu to save Zuri, and abandons N'Jobu's son Erik in order to prevent the Wakandan people from learning the truth.

In the present day, following T'Chaka's death at the hands of Helmut Zemo, his son T'Challa returns to Wakanda to assume the throne. After working with Okoye, the leader of the Dora Milaje, to extract his ex-lover Nakia from an undercover assignment in Nigeria's Sambisa Forest, he reunites with his mother, Queen Ramonda, and sister, Princess Shuri, only to learn that M'Baku, the leader of the mountain-dwelling Jabari Tribe, is challenging him for the crown. The two engage in ritual combat, with T'Challa emerging victorious and becoming the new King.

When the tribal elders receive word that Klaue has resurfaced in South Korea, T'Challa's friend W'Kabi, who lost his parents as a result of the dealer's actions, urges the young monarch to bring him to justice. T'Challa, Okoye, and Nakia plan to intercept Klaue at an underground casino in Busan, where he will be selling a stolen artifact to an unknown buyer. The plan, however, goes wrong when T'Challa discovers the buyer is CIA agent Everett Ross and Klaue suspects the deal is a setup.

The deal subsequently goes sour, and a car chase ensues that culminates in Klaue's apprehension. While in CIA custody, however, Klaue is rescued by Erik Stevens, an ex-U.S. black ops soldier who goes by the name "Killmonger." Ross is seriously injured saving Nakia in the attack, and rather than pursue Klaue, T'Challa takes Ross to Wakanda where his sister Shuri uses the nation's advanced technology to save Ross' life.

Killmonger kills Klaue and takes his body to Wakanda as a token, revealing his identity to the tribal elders and challenging T'Challa for the throne. Killmonger triumphs in ritual combat and hurls the defeated T'Challa over a waterfall. After ingesting the heart-shaped herb to gain the powers of the Black Panther, Killmonger enacts his father's plan, preparing shipments of Wakandan weapons to be distributed to Wakandan operatives around the world. Nakia, Shuri, Ross, and T'Challa's mother Ramonda flee to seek the aid of the Jabari and learn M'Baku's men have found and are caring for the comatose T'Challa.

Healed by a heart-shaped herb brought by Nakia, T'Challa returns to Wakanda and renews his combat with Killmonger, who is now wearing a suit of Black Panther armor of his own. While Shuri, Nakia, and Okoye join the Dora Milaje and Jabari in battling W'Kabi and the Wakandan army, Ross, piloting a remote jet, shoots down the planes carrying the weapons before they can leave the country. T'Challa and Killmonger's battle carries them into the heart of the vibranium mine, where sonic disruptors used in the transport of the metal incapacitate their vibranium armor. While Killmonger's body is briefly exposed, T'Challa stabs his cousin, he takes Killmonger to see the sunset of Wakanda in which Killmonger, T’Challa offers to heal Killmonger, but knowing he’d be imprisoned soon after, he declines stating he’d rather die a free man, he then pulls the dagger out of his chest and dies soon after.

Rejecting the isolationism of past Wakandan kings, T'Challa establishes an embassy in Oakland, California to be run by Nakia and Shuri. While nearby kids playing basketball admire the Royal Talon Flyer, another child confronts T'Challa, and asks who he is.

In a mid-credits scene, T'Challa appears before the United Nations to reveal Wakanda's true nature to the world. In a post-credits scene, Shuri continues to help Bucky Barnes with his recuperation.

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In January 2011, Marvel Studios hired Mark Bailey to pen a Black Panther script. Kevin Feige would produce the film.[6] The Black Panther is a fictional character appearing in Marvel comics. He was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. He first appeared in Fantastic Four #52 (July 1966). He is also the first black superhero in mainstream American comics. Feige said that Black Panther is one of the films he is asked the most about.[7] Michael Kenneth Williams, who appeared in The Incredible Hulk, has expressed interest in the titular role.[8]

On October 28, 2014, Marvel Studios made a major announcement citing Black Panther as one of several films to be created in Phase Three.

On February 9, 2015, Marvel officially announced that it was changing the release date of four of its films, including Black Panther. However, Black Panther was changed again during the announcement of Ant-Man and the Wasp.

By July 3, 2015, Marvel had spoken with Ava DuVernay to be the movie's director, but she declined, citing that her vision and Marvel's were not the same.[9]

By August 13, 2015, F. Gary Gray expressed interest in directing the film since he passed up on Captain America: The Winter Soldier to do another film.[10] However, F. Gary Gray was withdrawn from negotiations when he was chosen to direct Universal's The Fate of the Furious.

On October 14, 2015, "HeroicHollywood" reported that Marvel Studios desired Ryan Coogler to direct the film. "Comicbookresources.com" repeated the story.

By January 5, 2016, Ryan Coogler was chosen to direct the film.

On May 12, 2016, Lupita Nyong'o was announced to be in talks for a role in the movie.[11]

On May 13, 2016, Michael B. Jordan joined the cast. [12]

On July 23, 2016, at the San Diego Comic Con, it was announced that Danai Gurira had joined the cast and her role, along with Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong'o's, was revealed.[13]

On October 8, 2016, Marvel announced that Forest Whitaker, Winston Duke and Daniel Kaluuya joined the cast as Zuri, M'Baku and W'Kabi respectively. Florence Kasumba reprised her role from Captain America: Civil War.[14]

The working title of the movie was "Motherland".[15]

The movie began production in Atlanta on January 15, 2017 and used Pinewood Atlanta Studios as its home base.[16]

Videos

Music

Song title Artist Location(s)
Legend Has It Run The Jewels
  • Teaser Trailer.
BagBak Vince Staples
  • Official Trailer.
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised Gil Scott-Heron
  • Official Trailer.
The War Outside 2 (feat. Lavish D, THE HOMIE LON BEEZ & Thola) Stizk Talk
Getcha Getcha One Way DIE IV TY
Wololo (feat. Mampintsha) Babes Wodumo
Hangover (feat. Snoop Dogg) Psy
Pray for Me Kendrick Lamar & The Weeknd
Opps (film remix) Vince Staples & Yugen Blakrok
What Is Love (Haddaway cover) Andy Serkis
All the Stars Kendrick Lamar & SZA
  • End credits.

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