Though Marvel's Black Panther is about the ascension of a new Wakandan king, the film is also largely about the powerful women around T'Challa who are running the show. According to a number of the film's female stars, their characters' strength is a direct reflection of Wakanda's cultural history.
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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: In Marvel's comics, the Dora Milaje are an elite, all-female squad of warriors sworn to protect the Wakandan throne and its king - the Black Panther. But judging from the newest featurette for Marvel's upcoming Black Panther film, the Dora Milaje are going to be something much more on the big screen.
Advanced tickets for Marvel's Black Panther went on sale this week and quickly became Fandango's best-selling tickets to a MCU film to date. Obviously, a lot of people want to see this movie in theatres on opening weekend, and many of them will. Unfortunately, Black Panther star Lupita Nyong'o might not be one of them.