For at least one more week, Marvel’s Black Panther is the highest grossing film of 2018 in addition to all of the other records it shattered (highest ticket presales of all time, highest grossing solo superhero film, biggest opening weekend for a solo superhero film, February opening weekend record, and biggest opening for an African American Director). My point is that you don’t really need me to tell you anything about Black Panther, other than it’s now available digitally from all major providers, including Amazon and iTunes. The wait is over, Wakanda forever!
In the mythical land of Wakanda lives T’Challa, who is about to take on the role of king and also protects his country and their precious vibranium as the Black Panther. When a rival from the outside arrives to challenge T’Challa’s throne, he must answer for his ancestors blind eye towards what happened to their brothers through the annals of time. If Kilmonger has his way, Wakanda will no longer be a myth.
The story is powerful, but the stellar cast is the reason I keep watching it over and over. Chadwick Boseman is inspiring as King T’Challa and Angela Bassett is the most beautiful and regal queen in film this decade. Letitia Wright steals the show as the brilliant inventor Shuri and I think I speak for everyone when I say she needs her own spin-off film. My personal favorite character is Okoye and Danai Gurira’s performance deserves Best Supporting Actress nominations. And most importantly, Lupita Nyong’o completes the Disney brand trilogy by entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Nakia (Disney: The Jungle Book and Queen of Katwe, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi). Ladies and gentleman, future Disney Legend Lupita Nyong’o doing the Disney equivalent of EGOTing.
The world has wholeheartedly embraced the afrofuturism of the film and the bonus features on this release promise to take you behind the scenes on how it was all created. The creative team offers glimpses of the African cultures that were blended to create Wakanda’s own unique identity. But most surprisingly of all, the majority of the film was shot in Atlanta, Georgia. Find out how the home of Coca-Cola and CNN was transformed into beautiful Wakanda by diving in to several hours of bonus features.
- Director’s Introduction (1:23) – Ryan Coogler explains how important Black Panther was to him as a child in this introduction to the film.
- Featurettes (24:55) – Four featurettes explore the world of Wakanda, available individually or with a “Play All” feature.
- Crowning a New King (5:34) – Kevin Feige, Ryan Coogler, and Chadwick Boseman discuss the origins of Marvel’s Black Panther and how he was adapted for the big screen.
- The Hidden Kingdom Revealed (6:57) – The set and costume designers reveal their real-world African influences for Wakanda.
- The Warriors Within (6:08) – Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright, and Danai Gurira examine the strong women of Wakanda.
- Wakanda Revealed: Exploring the Technology (6:16) – Wakanda’s leading export, Vibranium, is explored in this featurette about the technological advancements in the film (and Captain America’s shield).
- Gag Reel (1:38) – The cast make mistakes and goof-off in this blooper reel.
- Deleted Scenes (6;53) – Four deleted scenes can be viewed individually or with a “Play All” option.
- UN Meet and Greet (1:33) – T’Challa confronts Agent Ross at the United Nations.
- Okoye and W’Kabi Discuss the Future of Wakanda (1:45) – Tensions are high in this discussion between Okoye and W’Kabi.
- T’Challa Remembers His Father (1:26) – After receiving the X of the Black Panther, T’Challa reminisces about his father with Zuri.
- Voices from the Past (2:08) – Young T’Challa and Nakia sneak up on T’Challa’s father in this flashback.
- Wakanda Tourism Ads
- Come to Wakanda – Before (0:48) – An old 1988 interlaced advertisement for Wakanda tourism.
- Come to Wakanda – After (0:48) – A new 2018 sleek and sexy ad for Wakanda tourism.
- From Page to Screen: A Roundtable Discussion (20:27) – Comic Writers Christopher Priest, Don McGregor, and Ta-Nehisi Coates talk with Ryan Coogler (Director), Nate Moore (Producer), and Joe Robert Cole (Screenplay) about the unlikely origins of the character and how the story was adapted for the screen.
- Audio Commentary (2:14:33) – Director Ryan Coogler and Production Designer Hannah Beachler offer an educational commentary of the film that is not only insightful about the filmmaking process, but also folds in the African and African American influences and homages throughout the film.
- Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years – Connecting the Universe (8:39) – Kevin Feige, Robert Downey Jr., Louis D’Esposito, Chris Pratt, Taika Waititi, and Chadwick Boseman look at how every Marvel Studios film is connected and what this means for Avengers: Infinity War.
- Exclusive Sneak Peek at Ant-Man and the Wasp (2:26) – Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, and Peyton Reed offer a sneak peek at the next Marvel Studios film.
This digital release is available in English 5.1 with English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese subtitles through iTunes. Through Movies Anywhere, you can also access Spanish 5.1 audio and English and Spanish subtitles.
Marvel’s Black Panther is one of the highest grossing films of all time because it tells a powerful story that the entire world has connected with. With Avengers: Infinity War in theaters now, you know you don’t want to wait another week to own the film on disc. Do yourself a favor and get the digital release today.
Alex has been blogging about Disney films since 2009 after a lifetime of fandom. He joined the Laughing Place team in 2014 and covers films across all of Disney’s brands, including Star Wars, Marvel, and Fox, in addition to books, music, toys, consumer products, and food. You can hear his voice as a member of the Laughing Place Podcast and his face can be seen on Laughing Place’s YouTube channel where he unboxes stuff.