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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.