Black Panther filming delivers $85m for Georgia

Andy Serkis has admitted that filming Black Panther's fighting scenes with Chadwick Boseman could only be described as "pretty painful" because his co-star is 'kickboxing expert'.

It is set in the fictional African nation of Wakanda and expand on the storyline that was first introduced in Captain America: Civil War of how T'Challa becomes the Black Panther. However, T'Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from factions within his own country.

The 34-year-old was joined on the black carpet by the impressive ensemble cast, including Michael B Jordan, Chadwick Boseman, Daniel Kaluuya and Danai Gurira.

The actor also said it was the first time that the Marvel movie's director, Ryan Coogler, had directed two white actors - himself and Martin Freeman - and it showed just how long black actors have been "the minority" in film.

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Unlike other comic-book films that lean into hero-vs. -hero smackdowns, Black Panther differentiates itself by having a loyal cadre of allies for its main character.

But this superb cast doesn't have a weak link.

If Black Panther is able to gross over $1 billion at the worldwide box office, would it be more likely that Avengers: Infinity War will break the all-time record for an opening weekend? Coogler smartly lets us spend a good chunk of the 134 minute run time basking in the country's traditions and culture -handled with a reverence that made me beam - all the while setting up its central question: should Wakanda remain hidden and keep its vast wealth and knowledge to itself, or should it share its secrets with the world's black communities, many of whom have struggled for decades? Veterans Angela Bassett and Forest Whitaker bring presence and gravitas as Queen Ramonda and Zuri respectively, while Winston Duke's tribal leader M'Baku brings some unexpected yet very welcome laughs while exuding self-pride. "My character comes from a place called Wakanda".

Let's not wait too long for a return trip.

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