There’s a reason that “Black Panther” is the best of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies — it goes beyond just being a superhero movie to become a politically charged, symbolic, expertly crafted movie. There’s plenty to pick up while watching “Black Panther,” but if you want the full deep-dive experience, watching the home video release with Director and Co-writer Ryan Coogler’s commentary is the way to go.
Coogler and Production Designer Hannah Beachler, who joins him on the commentary, offer a ton of fascinating insights into “Black Panther” and looks behind the scenes, and into the minds of what the filmmakers as they were creating the movie. Here are the 10 things we found most interesting about “Black Panther” thanks to the commentary.
The use of color is essential to the story
Anybody who watches “Black Panther” can see that how color is used throughout the movie is an essential part of the production design. Wakanda is a vibrant place because of it, for one thing, and how color is used in sets and costumes gives “Black Panther” its intrinsically African feel. Beyond just the obvious application of colors to certain characters that help identify them — T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) in black, Okoye (Danai Gurira) in red and Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) in green — Coogler made heavy use of color symbolically, too. Purple is used for spirituality and royalty, for instance.