7 Key Observations From 'Black Panther' Scenes You May Have Missed
So many Easter eggs! So many theories!
February 21, 2018 at 9:40 pm
Black Panther is racking up the box office numbers thanks to continued viewership. True Wakanda enthusiasts have seen the film multiple times opening weekend. The beauty of repeat movie viewings is noticing things you didn't see the first time.
This rings true with Black Panther; similar to other Marvel movies, Easter eggs are planted throughout. In case you missed a few, we're here to point them out!
Note: There are major, major spoilers ahead.
1. Okoye, T'Challa and Nakia's wardrobe represented the Pan-African flag's colors: red, black and green.
In a video for Vanity Fair, director Ryan Coogler broke down the climactic South Korea casino fight scene featuring T'Challa, Okoye, Nakia, Klaue and Agent Ross. Coogler drops many hidden gems in the clip, and one of them has to do with the wardrobe of the three Wakandans. T'Challa is wearing black, Okoye is wearing red and Nakia is wearing green. Combine those three colors together and you have the colors of the Pan-African flag.
Speaking of Nakia's green dress…
2. Nakia's dress in the South Korea casino scene was 3-D printed!
Ruth E. Carter is already getting all the props for her costume design work, but this tidbit amps things up to an entirely different level! 3-D printing is the future of fashion, and it makes sense that this technology was used in a film with afro-futuristic themes.
Klaue — portrayed by Andy Serkis — wanted to profit off of Wakanda's most cherished resource, vibranium. Colonizer, much? Coogler explained in the video that he had Klaue wear blue during the scene to represent colonization as a whole. This attention to detail is giving us life!
4. T'Challa and Killmonger's final fight took place at an actual underground railroad.
Theories have been circulating around social media ever since Black Panther dropped in theaters, and this one is a goodie. The tension bubbling up between T'Challa and Killmonger due to their opposite ideologies came to a head during their final battle on the tracks as the train occasionally whisked by. However, the underlying aspect is that they were literally fighting on an underground railroad, which has obvious black historical undertones.
Black panther spoiler alert:
Bruh. It just hit me. T’Challa and Killmonger were literally fighting in a Underground Railroad.— Ty'Challa, King of Wakanda (@TyreeBP) February 21, 2018
The Wakandan tribes' accessories took inspiration from several real-life African tribes.
Twitter user @diasporicblues created an epic thread detailing the accessories of the Wakandan tribes, which were inspired by several African nations, from Ethiopia to Tanzania.
Mursi and Surma Lip Plates. Lip plates or disks are a form of ceremonial body modification. While many cultures use them they're best known by the Surma and Mursi tribes in Ethiopia. #BlackPanther #Wakanda pic.twitter.com/gkrfA3AC70— Waris (@diasporicblues) February 17, 2018
Zulu headdress. Queen Ramonda wears a distinct headdress. It's reminiscent of the reed Zulu flared hats or "Isicholos." The Zulu headdresses are traditionally worn by married women for ceremonial celebrations. pic.twitter.com/5YSIqKjkMg— Waris (@diasporicblues) February 17, 2018
Igbo Mask. In one scene Erik Killmonger wears a mask. The masks, known as Mgbedike, are distinguished by the large size and bold masculine features. They are used in Igbo rituals and are designed to contrast the female dancers with their more feminine beauty. #BlackPanther pic.twitter.com/ZMkcpUCSsz— Waris (@diasporicblues) February 17, 2018
6. Alex Hibbert's character doesn't react to the "Bugati Spaceship" the way the other kids do, making some believe he may be Miles Morales/Spiderman.
Twitter user @BlogXilla noticed a subtle thing during the last scene when T'Challa and Shuri headed to Oakland to give back to the youth by opening a community center. All of the kids went nuts over the Wakanda spaceship … all except for one person, a little boy played by Alex Hibbert of Moonlight fame. Maybe his lack of enthusiasm means he's also a superhero? Hmmm!
I might be bugging but here is my theory.
I think the boy who talks to T’Challa at the end of #BlackPanther aka Alex R Hibbert from Moonlight is Miles Morales in the MCU. He is the only one not to react to the Bugatti Spaceship.— The Extraordinary Xilla (@BlogXilla) February 18, 2018
7. We don't actually see Killmonger take his last breath.
This is a very popular one circling social media. After Killmonger utters his gut-wrenching last line, "Bury me in the ocean with my ancestors who jumped from ships, cause they knew death was better than bondage," we see him wilt a bit, but the camera doesn't remain on his face. It has made several wonder … did he actually die or nah?