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Black Panther's language: Where Civil War found the words of Wakanda

Black Panther … speaks!

But how, exactly?

As the hero king of Wakanda makes his leap from the comic book pages to the big screen in Captain America: Civil War, the question wasn’t so much what he would say, but which words he should use. 

Apart from a handful of terms, T'Challa's fictional African nation had no differentiated language in the Marvel canon. But its people wouldn’t exactly be speaking English, since part of Wakanda’s lore was that the technologically advanced land had never been conquered.

Chadwick Boseman’s character does speak English throughout the movie to other English-speakers, of course. He’s a statesman, and presumably knows many other languages, too. But for intimate scenes between T'Challa, the prince of Wakanda, and his father, King T'Chaka, directors Joe and Anthony Russo felt the two men should communicate in a native tongue, one that rose up from the continent itself, free of interference from outsiders.

“The language we used for Wakandan is called Xhosa,” Joe Russo tells EW. “John Kani, the actor who plays T'Challa’s father in the movie, speaks the language and taught it to Chadwick. It’s spoken by 7.6 million people in South Africa.”

Xhosa just clicked.

Literally – it’s known as “the clicking language” for its assortment of verbal pops. The name “Xhosa” itself begins with what’s known as the “x click,” or the “horse-riding click,” as explained here:

One of the language’s most noteworthy native speakers was Nelson Mandela, a descendant of the Thembu tribe of the Xhosa people. That means now one of Africa’s most beloved make-believe leaders will forever communicate in the language of one of its most historic real-life ones.

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Lupita Nyong’o in talks to join Chadwick Boseman in the cast of Marvel’s Black Panther.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o is in negotiations to star opposite Chadwick Boseman in Marvel Studios’ Black Panther (2018).

Ryan Coogler, who wrote and directed Creed (2016), is helming the comic book movie as well as writing the script.

Boseman’s Black Panther was introduced in Captain America: Civil War (2016), which crossed the $700 million worldwide mark in under a week and a half.

The character, whose name is T’Challa, is the warrior king of Wakanda, Marvel’s fictional African nation that is rich in an unbreakable alloy called vibranium.

N’yongo’s character has not been revealed although she will be the Panther’s love interest.

While you are collectively screaming with excitement, read about this development here. (x)

‘Black Panther’ Finds Another Villain: Winston Duke To Play M’Baku/Man-Ape
“Person of Interest” actor Winston Duke has landed the key role of the villain M’Baku — aka Man-Ape — in Marvel’s upcoming “Black Panther” film starring Chadwick Boseman.
By Ross A. Lincoln

“Created by Roy Thomas and John Buscema, Man-Ape/M’Baku debuted in Avengers #62 in 1969. Once one the greatest soldiers serving Wakanda – the fictional, hyper-advanced African nation ruled by Black Panther – M’Baku joined the outlawed White Gorilla cult, gaining superpowers with which he attempted to take over the kingdom for himself.”