I had a wonderful time during the all cast and directors Black Panther Press Conference. It was awesome to hear thoughts and reflections on the film (no spoilers). I gained a lot of insight listening to Ryan Coogler what a brilliant man who appears to be one the best in the Marvel Universe to work with right now along with Nate Moore and Kevin Feige. The Black Panther cast has a lot of love and respect for one another. It was like watching a family all on one stage striving in support of the same goal. I would love to share with you my five highlights learned during the Black Panther All Cast Press Conference feel free to watch the entire clip included in this post. This was another part of my trip that left me in awe!
When Nate Moore the executive producer suggested bringing in Black Panther almost instantly the team all said, Chadwick. When Chadwick got the message to call Nate Moore he was in Zurich attending the red carpet for “Get on Up”. Chadwick didn’t have an international calling plan when he first received word to call Nate Moore later that night he added it to his phone plan.
“it may not have been this fast, but in my memory, we were sitting around a table, we were coming up with the story for Civil War – Nate Moore, our executive producer, thought – suggested bringing in Black Panther, because we were looking for sort of a third party who wouldn’t necessarily side with Cap or side with Ironman. And almost instantly, we all said Chadwick. And in my memory, although maybe it was the next day, we got him on a speakerphone right then. And he was in the back of a limo, and – where were you, in Switzerland? – Kevin Feige
CHADWICK BOSEMAN: We were in Zurich, yeah, in Zurich. And I was coming off of the red carpet for Get On Up. And my agent was like, ‘You’ve got to get on the phone.’ And the crazy thing is I didn’t even have international calling on my phone until that morning – and I heard, literally we heard somebody say, ‘Hey, get international on your phone. Call your mom it’s some important stuff, literally, that happened, and then that night he called. – Chadwick Boseman
Ryan Coogler sat down with Danai Gurira and shared is vision regarding her role in Black Panther and the women of Dora Milaje.
“When Ryan sat me down and talked to me about his vision, and the story, and the characters, and the women, I was just floored, you know, because you don’t actually get to hear that often. You don’t get to sit down and hear that type of a vision and then it embodied with us being on the continent, women from the continent, but very developed, very complex it was amazing”. – Danai Gurira
The cast had the chance to preview the concept art earlier on along with photos and the graphic art for the layout of Wakanda.
“I mean I gave them a chance to look at some of the concept art pretty earlier on and, you know, the photos and the graphic art and what not. You know it was, nothing could have prepared us for what we saw, you know. We got a little glimpse of it, but to actually see it, you know, on screen fully rendered and, you know, the completed project it was incredible and mind-blowing and was really cool to look at.”- Michael B Jordan
The Black Panther film concept was pulled from all the different comic runs.
“We actually pulled from all of them, you know. We pulled from like pretty much, you can go to our film and see something in there probably from every writer that has touched T’Challa’s character in the Black Panther comics. You know Stanley and Jack Kirby’s initial runs through, you know, Don McGregor, you know, Christopher Priest, Jonathan Hickman, you know and it’s on East Coast Black Age of Comics and Brian Stelfreeze’s run was a big part of it as well, you know, so we just kind of grabbed from all. The characters got a long history, you know, and it’s such a rich stuff to mine, you know. And each kind of writer kind of left their own mark, you know, on it like Claude’s been around for a long time. But you know Agent Ross was about Christopher Priest and that run, and Suri’s character was about Reginald Hudlin and his run, you know, so each run kind of leaves something for us to pull from, but we pulled from absolutely all of them.”
Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to take his rightful place as King. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.
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