MARVEL Fun Facts are closely coincided with the amazing characters and the places they live in and build their history lines. For the Marvel comics fans and those who are simply curious who’s who in the BLACK PANTHER movie, here’s an easy and helpful activity pack with the printables. Learn more about each character, learn to design your own rhino fro the technology hunt masters, engage your child and yourself by finding solutions and answers to some of the most interesting tasks Black Panther movie poses to you. This activity pack is full of Printables that would be interesting to any age of Marvel movies.
• Marvel’s Black Panther character made his debut in the comic book world in “Fantastic Four Vol. 1” Issue 52, published in 1966.
• An important part of the Black Panther lore incorporated into the film is the Dora Milaje, the cadre of strong fierce women who serve as the personal security force to the King and royal family. These tall, statuesque, bald-headed warrior women, who move as one, command attention wherever they go.
• Led by Danai Gurira’s character, Okoye, the Dora Milaje security force features an international contingent of women from all over the world, including Florence Kasumba who returns to play Ayo, a character that first appeared in Marvel Studios’ “Captain America: Civil War.” The Dora Milaje were cast from a pool of actresses, stunt women and Broadway dancers so that each individual Dora could have specialized skills that they brought to the table.
• It was decided early on that Xhosa, one of the official languages of South Africa, would be the language of Wakanda. A precedent had been set in Marvel Studios’ “Captain America: Civil War,” when celebrated South African actor John Kani, who portrayed King T’Chaka, used his native accent. Chadwick Boseman, who plays T’Challa/Black Panther, picked it up from him as well.
• The cast and stunt team practiced with African drums played by musician Jabari Exum so that their movements would have a musical quality found in many African-based martial arts.
• Actor Daniel Kaluuya learned how to ride a horse as practice to simulate riding W’Kabi’s armored rhino in the film.
• Young Zuri is played by Denzel Whitaker. While he shares the same last name with Forest Whitaker, who plays the older Zuri, they are not related. However, they did play father and son in Denzel Washington’s “The Great Debaters.”
• South African actor Atandwa Kani plays the character of Young T’Chaka to his father and celebrated South African actor John Kani’s King T’Chaka.
• The cast did the bulk of the fight work that will be seen on film. Chadwick Boseman, whose skill set includes a comprehensive martial arts background, knew what he was in for when he and all the other actors had to attend a “boot camp” to prepare them for the physical aspects of their roles.
• Michael B. Jordan, who plays Erik Killmonger, spent about two and a half hours in the special effects makeup chair every day, while makeup designer Joel Harlow and three other makeup artists applied close to 90 individually sculpted silicone molds to his upper body. This “scarification” application process entails transferring each mold and then blending and painting them to match Jordan’s skin tone. Each of Killmonger’s scars represents a “notch” of his kills over the years.
• The majority of the Wakanda sets were constructed on sound stages at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, including the Tribal Council; the Wakandan Design Group, Shuri’s hive of research and development of the vibranium rich country; the ancient subterranean Hall of Kings; and most notably Warrior Falls, the ceremonial heart of Wakanda’s revered traditions.
• The entire cliff wall of the Warrior Falls, including the CG and practically built set, is 100 feet high.
• Over 25,000 cubic feet of foam was used in the Warrior Falls set, which was sculpted to match the rocks in Oribi Gorge in South Africa.
• The bottom of the Warrior Falls’ Challenge Pool was padded for the stunt team, but still looked like rock. The production crew also had to formulate a surface that was rough enough to not be too slippery in bare feet, but not so rough that it hurt to land on it.
• On the Warrior Falls set, the stunt team had to rig all of the cliff faces with mountain climbing gear to safely secure all of the extras on the cliff faces.
• The production team engineered a fully functional flowing waterfall and pool at the ledge of the cliff with six large submersible pumps feeding over 125,000 gallons of temperature-controlled water piping up through the set at a rate of 30,000 gallons per minute before recirculating through the system.
• The high-speed car action for the Casino sequence was filmed on location in the bustling coastal city of Busan, South Korea. For almost two weeks, “Black Panther’s” action unit descended upon the coastal city nestled against the foothills of Geumjeong Mountain to film the thrilling, mind-blowing chase sequence through such iconic sites as Gwangalli Beach and the Haeundae District.
• Director Ryan Coogler wanted the South Korea action sequence to be seamless, so he had an editor on set cutting footage in real time. This is not often done during production, but Coogler felt it was the best way to capture all the action, stunts and special effects in frame on time.
Wakanda Forever in Numbers!
Number 1 Has A Couple of Fun Facts
1 – There is ONE primary bead in each set of Kimoyo beads. “The primary bead is the first bead you’re given when you’re born in Wakanda,” explains Hannah Beachler. “It’s a little different from the other beads. It has a peak on it.”
1 – Sebastian Stan – who appears as Bucky Barnes in one of the movie’s end tag scenes – spent ONE day on the set of Black Panther. “Sebastian Stan is a lot of fun to work with,” admits Letitia Wright. “We shot that scene outside at a lake, so there was no green screen. It was a great day.”
Number 2 Facts Are Fascinating!
2 – Letitia Wright tackled TWO screen tests alongside Chadwick Boseman in order to win the role of Shuri in the Marvel movie. “One screen test took place in LA; the other in Atlanta,” admits the actress.
2 – T’Challa’s little sister Shuri is SECOND-in-line for the throne behind her brother. She’s the smartest person in Wakanda; a top scientist and the innovator behind the Black Panther’s updated suits and technology.
2 – Not only did Michael B. Jordan spend three hours in the makeup chair every morning, but he also spent hours in the makeup chair at the end of the day, too. “It took TWO hours to take off the scars when I wrapped each day,” the actor reveals.
Number 3 Is All About Transformation
3 – It wasn’t an easy task to transform Michael B. Jordan into Erik Killmonger. “The makeup process was very extensive,” admits the actor. “It took up to THREE hours to apply Killmonger’s scars every morning.”
3 – In order to research the movie, production designer Hannah Beachler visited South Africa to soak up the culture for inspiration. “It was an invaluable research trip,” explains Beachler. “I landed in Cape Town and we traveled up the coast. We visited Durban, the Golden Gate [Highlands National Park]. KwaZulu-Natal, Spioenkop, Johannesburg, Oribi Gorge and Blyde River Canyon… And much more. In total, the trip lasted THREE and a half weeks, but it helped us immensely.”
Number 4 Is Pretty Big in BLACK PANTHER Movie
4 – South Africa wasn’t the only location visited for research purposes. “I also went to South Korea for FOUR days,” adds Hannah Beachler. “We ended up shooting there for four months in total.”
4 – The in-home release of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther is packed with never-before-seen featurettes on the making of the movie, as well as a director’s commentary, a gag reel and FOUR deleted scenes. U.N. Meet And Greet, Okoye And W’Kabi Discuss The Future Of Wakanda, T’Challa Remembers His Father and Voices From The Past are the names of the exclusive deleted scenes.
4 – Look closely at the iconic Kimoyo beads in the movie and see if you can spot the nsibidi symbols in their design. Production designer Hannah Beachler explains: “Nsibidi is a Nigerian language, which dates back as far as the FOURTH century.”
4 – It was a lengthy process to create the mammoth Warrior Falls set for the movie. Construction took about FOUR months from start to finish!
Number 5 Is About Cinematic Success of BLACK PANTHER
5 – Did you know that there are FOUR tribes in Wakanda? Merchant, Border, Mining and River.
5 – Since its theatrical release in early 2018, Marvel Studios’ Black Panther has dominated the box office charts across the globe. In the USA, it was the first film in eight years to spend FIVE weeks at No. 1.
Key cast members attended a SIX-week boot camp before the movie shoot began. “We all went to Atlanta six weeks early to get into shape,” reveals Lupita Nyong’o, who plays Nakai. “We got in a room with the stunt team and started to work out, as well as practice the fight choreography and combat skills. It was a lot of work!”
Michael B. Jordan has an interesting description of his cunning Black Panther character Erik Killmonger. “He is always TEN steps ahead,” explains Jordan. “He’s very patient. That’s a very dangerous attribute to have as a villain because he’s going to sit and wait, and he’s going to plan and calculate every move. I like to think of myself as a forward thinker, and I love playing chess and seeing steps ahead. So that was something that I definitely connected a lot with him.”
The spectacular Warrior Falls set was 120’ x 75’ in size. The set was 36’ tall, with the pool being six feet above ground level.
Marvel Studios president and Black Panther producer Kevin Feige couldn’t be happier for audiences to witness the iconic new Marvel movie. “When the Black Panther character debuted in the ‘60s it was a daring move for the Marvel bullpen of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby to introduce this new character, an African character who is smarter than many of our other heroes and is stronger than most of our other heroes,” Feige explains. “To be able to put that on the big screen FIFTY years later is incredibly exciting for us.”
Close to 90 individually-sculpted silicone molds were added to Michael B. Jordan’s upper body for the shirtless fight scenes in the movie. Each of Killmonger’s scars represents a ‘notch’ of his kills over the years.
The wig of the waist-long, silver-haired dreadlocks of Queen Ramonda was an intricate piece. It was made up of 120 pieces of hair that were rolled and handmade into multiple dreadlocks for the actress.
The design of W’Kabi’s armored rhino is based on the white rhino, which is the biggest rhino in Africa. “During our research trip to South Africa, we saw two of the animals,” explains production designer Hannah Beachler. “We were probably 200 feet away from one of them!”
When the cameras stopped rolling, there was a fun vibe on the set. “One of the funniest moments during the shoot occurred on the Warrior Falls set,” recalls Danai Gurira, who plays Okoye. “Out of nowhere, the drummers started to drum Drop It Like It’s Hot – and everyone else joined it. There were about 300 people there that day, and everyone started to sing along. There were all these Marvel and Disney execs on set for the scene and there were all thinking, ‘What is going on here?’ But they loved it. It was really, really, fun.”
The movie’s costume designer, Ruth Carter, searched the world from Ghana to Los Angeles for the textiles and accessories she needed to create the 700 costumes for the film.
The groundbreaking character of Black Panther made his first appearance in Marvel Comics in Fantastic Four Vol. 1, Issue 52. The comic book was published in 1966.
Although Chadwick Boseman was familiar with the iconic African super hero, the Black Panther comics really came on his radar with Reginald Hudlin’s run, which was first published in 2005.
Andy Serkis was always game to revisit the role of the South African arms dealer, Ulysses Klaue in Marvel Studios’ Black Panther. The character first appeared in the MCU in Avengers: Age of Ultron back in 2015.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe first welcomed T’Challa/Black Panther (played by Chadwick Boseman) in 2016, which is when the iconic character was introduced to movie audiences in Captain America: Civil War.
Filmed primarily at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta and Busan, South Korea, Marvel Studios’ Black Panther began shooting in January 2017. Three months later, the film shoot wrapped on April 20, 2017.
More than 25,000 cubic feet of foam was used in the Warrior Falls set, which was sculpted to match the rocks in Oribi Gorge, South Africa.