OWN WAKANDA FOREVER MARVEL STUDIOS’ BLACK PANTHER 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™, DVD | 10 THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT THE BLACK PANTHER MOVIE Tuesday 15 May, 2018

I got a special delivery from Wakanda for doing all of the press and promotion for the 1 billion dollar global breaking movie in Marvel history, Black Panther! I got some amazing goodies from a Black Panther throw, signature popcorn, plates and napkins, bingo game and a Marvel’s Black Panther  Blu-ray™ which is out today!
I am so excited to share that Marvel Studios’ Black Panther is available now for you all to take home a piece of Wakanda Forever! the highly celebrated story of T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), a young African prince who takes on the mantle of King and Super Hero, has thrilled and inspired generations of moviegoers around the globe.  It did so well in the box office, broke so many movie records around the world, one must add it to their personal movie collection!

To celebrate the in-home release of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, we’ve uncovered 10 stellar secrets from the making of the epic super hero saga. The mighty new Marvel movie is released Digitally in HD, 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere on May 8 and on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™, DVD and On-Demand on May 15. Wakanda forever! Also in celebration of the film, I want to share 10 facts you didn’t know about the film!

10 THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT MARVEL STUDIOS’ BLACK PANTHER

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THE COMIC BOOKS WERE A HUGE INSPIRATION FOR THE FILMMAKERS

When it comes to the inspiration behind the story of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, director and co-writer Ryan Coogler admits that he delved deep into the history of the acclaimed Marvel comic book series. “We pulled from all of the comics,” Coogler explains. “When you watch our film, you will probably see something from every writer that has touched T’Challa’s character in the Black Panther comics. Everything from Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s initial runs through to Don McGregor, Christopher Priest, Jonathan Hickman and Brian Stelfreeze. We grabbed from it all. Each writer left their own mark, so Agent Ross [played by Martin Freeman in the movie] came from Christopher Priest’s run and the character of Shuri came from Reginald Hudlin’s run. Each run left something for us to pull from, but we pulled from absolutely all of them.”

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THE ATTENTION TO DETAIL ON SET WAS MIND-BLOWING FOR THE ACTORS

“It was incredible to walk on to the Wakandan sets,” enthuses Danai Gurira, who plays Okoye in the movie. “Our production designer, Hannah Beachler, was amazing. I remember walking into the Tribal Council room and thinking, ‘This room is stunning.’ The floors were see-through. There were massive, beautiful panther statues. The throne was very African. The entire décor was very African. It was an amazing experience, which was very rich for my character because I stood there and I thought, ‘This is like nothing else on the planet and it’s my character’s job to protect it.’ Hannah pulled from lots of awesome traditional African esthetics. You don’t get to see it in the movie, but she also designed T’Challa’s office, which was another amazing room on set. We shot some scenes in there, which were left out of the movie – but the office was constructed and it looked amazing.”

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THE PRODUCTION TEAM TOOK A TRIP TO SOUTH AFRICA TO RESEARCH THE MOVIE

“We took a really important trip to South Africa to do a ton of research for Black Panther,” reveals production designer Hannah Beachler. “We went up and down the country, which helped immensely when we started to create the sets. It was incredible to see all the colors, the textiles and the way things were built. In the end, we shot a lot of plates and second unit footage in South Africa. We shot footage in Uganda, which was used to show the farm land and open space of Wakanda. It was beautiful. We also shot at Victoria Falls in Zambia. When the fighters come flying through the falls and get to the challenge pool; that flight through the falls is Victoria Falls. But when you get to the challenge pool, what you see behind them is a bit of Iguazu Falls, which is in South America. We smashed the two together because we wanted a horizon.”

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SEBASTIAN STAN WAS ONLY ON THE BLACK PANTHER SET FOR ONE DAY

“The tag scene with Bucky [played by Sebastian Stan] at the end of the movie came as a wonderful surprise to me,” explains Letitia Wright, who plays Shuri in Black Panther. “I was so happy when I read about it. Props to Ryan [Coogler] for adding it to the movie. This scene was shot quite late in the production, but I really enjoyed it. It was a beautiful day on set and I thought it was a great way for us to find out where Bucky had been hiding in Wakanda. We shot the scene in a forest area somewhere in Atlanta, but it only took a day. Sebastian was really great to work with. He’s a good chap.”

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THE IN-HOME RELEASE IS PACKED WITH DELETED SCENES AND OUTTAKES

Marvel fans can delve deeper into the wondrous world of Wakanda with the exclusive bonus features packaged with the in-home release of the movie. Not only are there behind-the-scenes featurettes and never-before-seen outtakes, but there are also a number of deleted scenes. “There are a couple of scenes with Okoye and W’Kabi [played by Daniel Kaluuya] that I would love people to see,” explains Danai Gurira. “There’s a scene between Okoye and W’Kabi, which takes place after Killmonger tells us what he’s going to do with the kingdom. Okoye is very disturbed by her man seeming to positively respond to Killmonger. There’s also a scene where W’Kabi and Okoye go head-to-head. Okoye pushes W’Kabi to a place where all the rage he had towards T’Challa comes out. I hope some of those moments end up in the deleted scenes.”

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LUPITA NYONG’O HAD TO LEARN MULTIPLE LANGUAGES FOR THE MOVIE

“The African language that we speak in the movie is Xhosa, which is a Bantu language from South Africa,” reveals Lupita Nyong’o, who plays Nakia in Black Panther. “It has the clicks which my native tongue does not have, so I had to learn it for the movie. I worked very closely with a dialect coach to get it right. I also speak Korean in the film, which was a doozy. A week before we shot the scenes in South Korea, they finalized exactly what Nakia was going to say, so all week I kept practicing the lines over and over again. However, I slipped up from time to time. At one point, the Korean extras laughed because they told me I’d said something about a barbecue by mistake – but we got there in the end.”

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LETITIA WRIGHT DISCOVERED SHE’D WON HER ROLE IN A RATHER UNUSUAL PLACE

“The audition process was really interesting,” admits Letitia Wright. “I sent over two tapes from London and I didn’t think anything would happen – but then I got a call asking me to fly out to Los Angeles for a screen test. That’s where I met Ryan [Coogler] and Chadwick [Boseman, who plays T’Challa]. Thankfully, we had an immediate connection. I went home and I didn’t hear anything for a couple of weeks – but then I was called back for another screen test. This time, I flew to Atlanta and they put braids in my hair – and I knew I just had to have fun with the audition. I remember thinking, ‘Man, if this happens, it will be very special for me.’ A couple of weeks later, I found out they wanted me for the role of Shuri. I was standing at a bus stop in London when the call came through. I went crazy! I was screaming at the bus stop! I was overjoyed to be part of this epic movie.”

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Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER Center: M’Baku (Winston Duke) ©Marvel Studios 2018

CAST MEMBERS HAD TO TACKLE A GRUELING SIX-WEEK BOOT CAMP

Before the cameras started to roll on Black Panther, cast members flew out to Atlanta to prepare for the movie’s awe-inspiring action sequences. “The boot camp lasted six weeks,” reveals Danai Gurira. “It was really helpful to get athletically conditioned for the film shoot, although we also got into the specifics of the movements of our characters. We learned fight choreography, as well as different techniques of how our character was going to move on set. It was intense, but I learned a lot. Okoye is the general of the army and the head of the Dora Milaje, so the way she fights is very traditional. Her movement with the war spear comes from very ancient movements of the nation. It was really interesting to learn.”

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THERE WERE RAP BATTLES BETWEEN THE ACTORS ON SET

An exclusive gag reel has been created for the in-home release, which is packed with comedy bloopers and slapstick slip-ups from the set of the movie. “There were a lot of funny moments during the filming of BlackPanther,” recalls Letitia Wright. “Even though the shoot was a lot of hard work and there were some incredibly physical scenes, we always found moments to have fun. We had rap battles in between takes, or we organized dinners and bowling sessions. There was a day where we did a Get Out challenge, because we had [Get Out star] Daniel Kaluuya working with us. Who won the rap battles? To be perfectly honest, I think I was the best. I was up against a lot of people, but their rapping skills were terrible.”

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LOOK CLOSELY AT THE MOVIE’S KIMOYO BEADS FOR HIDDEN QUALITIES

Hannah Beachler admits she had a ton of fun working on the high-tech gadgets for the movie. “The Kimoyo beads are my favorite,” the production designer admits. “I really pushed the design on them because I knew the beads needed to be something really cool. The Kimoyo beads were originally introduced in the Black Panther comics – but Ryan [Coogler] loved the idea of using them for communicating in the movie. If you look closely at the beads, you’ll see there’s a prime bead, which is given to you when you’re born in Wakanda. There is a little peak on the prime bead, which makes it stand out from the others. All the beads’ symbols light up, but the prime bead lights up completely. A Nigerian language – nsibidi – is used for the symbols on the beads. You’ll also see nsibidi writing on columns of some of the iconic buildings in Wakanda, too.”

Female Warriors Featurette


Digital release of Black Panther, check out a conversation with the cast and crew about the women of Wakanda, which is the subject of one of the exclusive bonus features: The Warriors Within. Please also enjoy images from the film, including a few previously unreleased!

Downloadable Activity Book

Click the image to download the Black Panther activity pages.

It was a pleasure doing some exclusive press for Black Panther this year, and now I can watch own Wakanda Forever!

Bring Wakanda Home with Extensive Bonus Features That Allow People to Explore Deeper into The Wondrous World of Wakanda. 

Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, which arrives on Blu-ray, DVD, 4K and On-Demand TODAY, May 15th!

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48 Comments

  • Stacie says:

    We just ordered it, and we’re so excited! It blew us away when we saw it in the theater. It’s such a big movie! Wakanda forever!

  • The special features and outakes will make this a collectable and great DVD to own. I have not seen the movie yet so I can’t wait to get it.

  • Ann Snook-Moreau says:

    It’s amazing all that actors have to go through for a part! Learning new languages and a crazy boot camp . . . they certainly earn their pay.

  • robin rue says:

    I am dying to see this movie. I can’t wait to grab the DVD and watch it.

  • Christie says:

    I loved this movie. It’s one of my favorites from the MCU. I think it really showcased the women of the movie well.

  • Jeanine says:

    We haven’t seen this yet but we are hearing such great buzz. I think my husband wants to grab a copy and watch for our next movie night!

  • This movie was so amazing! The CGI, the stunts….everything was so action-packed! I can’t wait to see it again with the family.

  • Vera Sweeney says:

    I really enjoyed reading your “10 things” list. It’s always interesting to learn some of the behind-the-scenes of movies.

  • Sarah Bailey says:

    I’ve yet to see this and I did some looking up and it doesn’t seem to come out here till next month so still a while to go – I can’t wait!

  • Marcie W. says:

    I am not usually a big fan of action and superheroes, but I absolutely loved Black Panther! The entire movie was amazing and one I consider a must own.

  • Amber Myers says:

    I need to buy this. We haven’t seen it yet but it seems like a movie my family would really enjoy.

  • Aww what a great list of “Super Hero Secrets”! I haven’t watched the movie but I heard that it’s an awesome one!

  • Maureen says:

    THis is really great to know that we can now buy Black Panther, I am going to have to try to pick up a copy to see it. I have heard great reviews about it.

  • Theresa says:

    I can’t wait to get my hands on my own copy! I have heard nothing but positive buzz about the film and can’t wait to see it for myself.

  • Kim says:

    I sure like the actors on this movie but I will wait for it to come on cable . Have heard great things about the movie

  • Gloria Bell says:

    I am not a big fan of action and super heroes. But I actually loved Black panther.

  • Gloria Bell says:

    I am not a big fan of action and super heroes films. But I loved Black panther. Great post.

  • Samuel frodo says:

    Woow I didn’t know all these, it is always so interesting to get some of these behind the scene facts. I love black panther, I have probably seen it 5 times. Lol. Really awesome to know all these

  • Brianne says:

    So amazing! I am psyched is it out on DVD! My son is going to flip over this!

  • Jessica Taylor says:

    I can’t wait to get my hands on this DVD! Even the kids loved this movie!

  • Rap battle behind the scene is very cool. I wish I can watch the battle, lol.

  • Rosey says:

    Learning the language is fun and I’m sure it was challenging. Awesome that there were extras on the set to help!

  • Dana Peller says:

    I didn’t know about the research trip. I think it’s key for actors to really get a feel for what their characters will be like by diving into their everyday life.

  • Amber Lacy says:

    While Black Panther may not be the best MCU movie yet, a second watching did make me realize that it is one of the finest.

    Now of course, the cultural importance of this movie has been phenomenal. The first black lead superhero movie with an all black cast and so many strong women? Long due. This may not mean anything to a lot of us, but black kids seeing someone like them as a superhero creates a lasting impression. The numbers are here to speak for themselves. BP became just the second superhero movie to crack 200 million dollars opening weekend, after the Avengers, and fifth in the history of cinema. It is well on track to join the billion dollar club.

  • Emily says:

    These are all so interesting! I haven’t seen the movie yet but it looks so amazing!

  • Vidya Tiru says:

    first off: wonderful items to receive in the mail 🙂 would love to hear how you did it?
    second: totally loved reading the facts about the movie – some i knew while others were new;; from a marvel fan

  • Eileen says:

    I’ve heard so many great things about the movie, but have yet to see it! I guess it’s perfect time for me to pick up the dvd!

  • Meagan Badore says:

    Now that it is on Blu Ray, we will be watching this. I have heard so many great things about this movie.

  • Kate Andrews says:

    I have heard nothing but amazing things about this film but I have yet to see it. Hoping it comes to Netflix so that I can check it out soon!

  • CJ says:

    I decided not to go see this movie, because I was tired of the superhero genre. But from the way you talk about black panther has lead me to believe that this has set itself apart from other superhero movies. Now that it is out on video I might have to go watch it.

  • blair villanueva says:

    I’ve watched the movie for nth time and I like the storyline. I wish many movies like this will come.
    Those would be an awesome collection!

  • These are some cool behind the scene reveals about the production. I can only imagine hearing about winning such a major role at a bus stop. We loved the movie and we are definitely looking forward to getting it on blu-ray.

  • Hannah Marie says:

    Lupita is stunning without so much effort. She is a real beauty.

  • Princess Quinn says:

    This is certainly a remarkable movie. These secrets are answers to some of the movie mistique. These are mind breaking.

  • ohmummymia says:

    I need to see that movie. Yesterday I watched Avengers Infinity War so now I need to catch up with Black Panther

  • This is a must have! It is a really good movie I will be purchasing it.

  • Leslie says:

    Yep! I sure am. Can’t wait until it is mine to own in my home.

  • Kita says:

    I am definitely getting this DVD for our home collection. We are going to have Black Panther movie nights on a regular.

  • I loved seeing all of your recaps. Can you believe, I still haven’t taken my daughters to see it. Over the weekend my girls reminded me that we can now get it On Demand on our TV. I think they’ve waited long enough and we can watch it again together.

  • Mimi Green says:

    I picked up our copy this weekend and I can’t wait to watch it over and over again. I also love the extra footage they include.

  • Joyce Brewer says:

    My son saw the DVD in the store the other day. I didn’t buy it yet because I want to surprise him with it on our next road trip.
    I love getting to see deleted scenes from films I love. It’s like pulling the curtain back on a Broadway play!

  • Shana says:

    I’m such a fan of Black Panther! This DVD is definitely going into my collection.

  • Carissa says:

    We havent bought any DVD’s in a long time because everything is streamed online, however, we bought this the first day it came out!

  • Sheena says:

    We haven’t seen Black Panther yet so we’ll def be purchasing the DVD for summer movie nights. It’s 5 of us so this is a lil’ more cost effective, lol.

  • Man the attention to detail for the set was absolutely stunning. I can only imagine what it all looked like in person for the crew. I didn’t know that there were extended and deleted scenes on the dvd. Really looking forward to seeing those! I can’t wait to go out and get my copy. I’ve been had my coins ready! haha

  • Tyra says:

    One of my favorite movies! The sets were amazing and I love that the crew really tried to embody Wakanda and Africa in the film by doing deep research and travel.

  • Kristen says:

    I am so glad that I saw this. What a great theme and overall message. I’m definitely going to grab a copy and watch this again and again. Thank you for sharing.

  • That looks and sounds like an awesome event! I can’t wait to see Incredibles 2 with my kids!


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