The cast of Marvel's Black Panther has been touring the world for months promoting their movie in interviews and red carpets where they're inevitably asked to do the iconic "Wakanda Forever" salute. While there's a lot to discuss about Black Panther, the one question that virtually everyone involved in the movie has been asked at some point isn't about the film's plot at all - it's a request to do the salute. And honestly, it's about time that we let those poor people do whatever the hell they want to do with their arms.
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Avengers: Infinity War is demanding, heartbreaking, exhilarating, massive, and dense. More than seemingly any movie so far in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it requires its viewer to be intimately acquainted with all the films that come before it - and, if you are, it's rewarding and audacious in ways the franchise has never been before and isn't likely to be again. It's a movie that is not screwing around.
It's 7 June 2017, the 59th day of shooting Avengers: Infinity War at Atlanta's Pinewood Studios, and Wakanda is getting crowded. We're on the set, watching Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Rhodie (Don Cheadle), Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) land a Quinjet in the secretive African country, seeking the help of the Black Panther.
The ideological debate about whether Wakanda has a responsibility to open its borders to share its wealth and technology and help make the world a better place is arguably one of the most riveting parts of Ryan Coogler's Black Panther. The question weighed heavily on actor Chadwick Boseman's mind as he prepared to play Wakanda's king, T'Challa. And interestingly, it led him to a complicated idea about his character.
Video: Black Panther is now in theatres and set to have a record-breaking opening weekend. As Marvel fans everywhere gear up for a visit to Wakanda, Charles Pulliam-Moore is here to share his spoiler-free thoughts on what makes Black Panther such a great film, and how it's a fantastic sign of what's to come for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
After winning an Oscar for 12 Years a Slave, actress Lupita Nyong'o had her pick of the litter when it came to acting roles. She could afford to take her time, looking over different parts before agreeing to the one she thought would be best for her career. But when director Ryan Coogler came to her and asked if she wanted to star in his adaptation of Black Panther, she was so eager to join the project that she didn't even pause to read the script first.
"James Bond meets The Godfather." That's how executive producer Nate Moore describes Marvel Studios' latest film, Black Panther. It's not the answer we expected, but it accurately describes a high-tech spy adventure, set in an insular world where warring factions vie for leadership. But, last year on the Atlanta set of the highly anticipated superhero film, we learned there's much, much more going on.
Video: A lot of the TV spots and trailers we've seen for Black Panther so far have included one lavish sequence in particular: T'Challa gracefully leaping, mid-chase, off a flipping car. It looks very cool, and the first clip from the movie expands on it, showing us a few new tricks the Black Panther has up his sleeve.
The whole point of Wakanda is that it is a truly isolated nation - isolated by its people's own choosing, turning itself into a technological utopia away from the influence of people beyond its borders. That isolation became crucial to Chadwick Boseman's portrayal of Black Panther, because he wanted the hero to speak "without colonialism tainting it".
Chadwick Boseman thought he already had a sense of how significant the Black Panther is to the fans who love him. But it wasn't until Saturday afternoon, while he was on stage at the Marvel Studios panel at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, that he got hit with the full weight of the love and enthusiasm surrounding T'Challa. Those same fans are trying to help Boseman embody the role in the best way possible.
At the center of Captain America: Civil War is the most spectacular action scene we've ever seen in a superhero movie. Twelve superheroes in one place, fighting with each other, a battle packed with excitement, humour, and personal stakes. It's the kind of set piece even the biggest Hollywood blockbuster would kill to have, and yet it's not why Civil War is so great.