In case you've been living under a rock, Black Panther is debuting this week in theaters everywhere this week!
To say I'm excited about this movie would be an understatement. I've literally been counting down for this movie for about a year. Ever since I got a glimpse of T'Challa in Captain American: Civil War, I've been dreaming about what Wakanda, the home of King T'CHalla is like.
10 Facts About The Black Panther
- The Black Panther character was introduced in July 1966. The Black Panther Party was founded in October 1966.
The title of “Black Panther” is a ceremonial one. It’s hereditary. All monarchs of Wakanda are known as the Black Panther. King T’Challa is the current Black Panther.
- Black Panther is the first black super hero in “mainstream” comics.
- T’Challa has a PhD in Physics from Oxford University. His nemesis in the film, Erik Killmonger (MB. Jordan), has his PhD in Engineering from MIT.
- T’Challa was married to Storm (marriage was annulled after 6 years). In an alternative timeline, they had a son named Azari.
- Due to a meteorite crash in Wakanda, the country has a rare mineral resource called vibranium (Captain America’s shield is a mix of vibranium and steel). T’Challa's armor is made of vibranium.
- Wakanda is the most technologically advanced country on earth and it has never been colonized by any European nation.
- The Dora Milaje are the elite warrior women who protect Black Panther. They are also known as the Adored Ones/Midnight Angels.
- Black Panther is faster than Wolverine and Captain America, he can run up to 50 MPH.
- Black Panther is immune from all diseases, he is the richest man in the Marvel universe, his suit is bulletproof, and his superpowers include hearing, sight, smell, and strength.
He's Pretty Much the Dopest Superhero Ever
Acclaimed costume designer Ruth E. Carter has done a beautiful job with the wardrobe and I am so glad to see how she pulled inspiration from ancient traditional African attire and blended it with this futuristic Wakanda landscape.
With production design by Hannah Beachler (Production Designer for #Moonlight, #Creed, #Lemonade) and set decoration by Oscar nominated Jay Hart, I cannot wait to see the afro-futuristic world of Black Panther come to life on screen. You may be wondering how you can bring some of the awesomeness of Black Panther into your home. Don't worry, I got you covered!
Bring Wakanda Home
- Mix natural materials like leather with metal.
- Choose futuristic shapes for furnishings.
- Include traditional African prints and fabrics like mudcloth.
- Layer lush botanicals to bring life into your space.
- Vibrant colors mixed with geometric shapes & patterns are essential to afro-futuristic vibe.
Are you seeing Black Panther this weekend? I'm making a girl's night out of seeing it tonight and I can't wait to debrief with you about it. I'd love to hear your thoughts on the movie after you see it! Leave a comment for me below.
Interior Designer living & loving in Raleigh, NC.