Welcome to Wakanda.
After generating enormous buzz, celebrity-packed early screenings and universal early praise, the Atlanta-filmed Marvel blockbuster “Black Panther” is in theaters everywhere today. The movie was headquartered at the EUE/Screen Gems facility but did some filming around the metro as well. Locations included the High Museum, the Edgewood Avenue near the King Center, City Hall, a quarry south of the city and this stretch of Mitchell Street near Ted Turner Drive that’s one of Marvel’s favorite shooting spots, “Captain America: Civil War” and “Spiderman: Homecoming” having filmed there in the past.
“It’s not just a movie. It’s become its own thing,” title-role star Chadwick Boseman told the Associated Press during red-carpet interviews at the recent Hollywood premiere. “It’s a movement. People are excited about the cultural aspect of it. I’m excited about it because I know it’s good.”
The movie was directed by Ryan Coogler, features Marvel icon Stan Lee in a fun cameo and stars “The Walking Dead” lead Danai Gurira, Oscar winning Lupita Nyong’o and Forest Whitaker; Sterling K. Brown, who just made history as the first black actor to win a Golden Globe best actor in a television series/drama; Daniel Kaluuya, who just picked up an Oscar nomination for best actor for “Get Out” and Michael B. Jordan, the 2016 recipient of the NAACP Image Award for Entertainer of the Year.
“You feel like you’re doing something that’s never been done before. I’ve never seen an African superhero movie,” Kaluuya said during the red carpet interviews. “I was so excited to be a part of that.”