Michael B. Jordan had previously starred in a comic-book adaptation of the Fantastic Four superhero group. In the comics, the Black Panther and Ulysses Klaw made their debuts in a Fantastic Four adventure.
M'Baku is known in the comics as the Man-Ape. The filmmakers decided to leave that title out of the film to avoid it being used as a derogatory insult.
This will be Chadwick Boseman and Sterling K. Brown's first collaboration since Marshall (2017).
Killmonger's bumpy, ritualistic tribal markings on his chest and torso are based on the scar tattoos of the Mursi and Surma tribes.
The mask Killmonger wears visually calls back to the way the demon Mephisto was portrayed during Chirstopher Priest's "Black Panther" comic as well as to a mask Killmonger himself wore in a duel with T'Challa in Reginald Hudlin's "Black Panther" comic.
First collaboration between Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman since The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012).
At one point, F. Gary Gray was in talks to direct but had to withdrawn from negotiations when he was chosen to direct Universal's The Fate of the Furious (2017).
Lupita Nyong'o and Forest Whitaker are the seventh and eighth cast members from the Star Wars franchise to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Mads Mikkelsen portrays Kaecillus in Doctor Strange (2016), Andy Serkis portrays Ulysses Klaue in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Benicio Del Toro portrays Taneleer Tivan in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Peter Serafinowicz portrays Gathan Saal in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) , Natalie Portman portrayed Jane Foster in Thor (2011) and Thor: The Dark World (2013) and Samuel L. Jackson portrays Nick Fury in Iron Man (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), Thor (2011), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), The Avengers (2012), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).
Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis (as Gollum) worked together in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" in 2012 and actually share a major scene together in Gollum's cave.
Lupita Nyong'o has been one actress who has been in movies for Disney, Marvel, and Lucasfilm. She starred in The Jungle Book (2016) and Queen of Katwe for Disney, Black Panther for Marvel, and Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens and Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.
Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett previously starred together in Black Nativity (2013).
This is Angela Bassett's second comic-book feature, after Green Lantern (2011).
In a flashback, T'Challa goes to Saint Mary's College High School in Berkeley, California. The setting was chosen because Ryan Coogler was born and grew up in California.
Ryan Coogler insisted to Marvel that he bring in collaborators from his previous films, to put his own stamp on the film and differentiate it from other MCU films that he felt were "shot, composed, and edited by the same house people". Coogler brought in cinematographer Rachel Morrison, production designer Hannah Beachler and composer Ludwig Göransson, who all worked with him in Fruitvale Station (2013).
The filmmakers cite Blade Runner (1982) as an influence in Wakanda's city design.
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