A mix of traditional and futuristic elements shaped this special place in the Marvel Universe.

As crucial as the characters are to any Marvel Studios movie, the setting is a character in its own right. In Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther,” the setting of Wakanda defines the story and sets the tone for T’Challa’s narrative.

Last year, during Marvel.com’s visit to the set of the film, “Black Panther” producer Nate Moore and production designer Hannah Beachler discussed how they built the world of Wakanda and what influenced them to bring the impressive location to life in the Marvel Universe.

Wakanda is a futuristic country grounded in its past. Moore spoke about having the character live in a world built on different communities coming together, “What we were very afraid of was making Wakanda almost too Kirby-esque and by that I mean making it feel almost like they’re alien and not human. The truth is they’re human. They’re just 20 or 25 years ahead of us. Having a city built on Vibranium allows them to have all these advances and have wealth beyond our wildest imaginings and that’s a big part of the movie.”

The initial design of Wakanda started with the comics. Moore explains how the design was a combination of ideas, “I think there were definitely some inspiration points, especially design-wise that we got form both Chris [Priest] and Ta-Nehisi’s run. Brian Stelfreeze is an amazing artist and some of his version of Wakanda and even Wakanda technology was stuff that we borrowed pretty liberally from. But there’s also a lot of original Ryan Coogler and Hannah Beachler, who is our production designer – a lot of their ideas that are outside of publishing that we found interesting.”

For concept ideas, Beachler was looking to the future, specifically contemporary architects who had designed in Africa. Inspired by avant-garde architect Zaha Hadid—one of the most respected and celebrated architects in the world—she found her inspiration. “I started poking around and looking at really modern architects who have designed in Africa, all over Africa, east and west Africa. And someone who I really fell in love with was Zaha Hadid, who has passed away, but she is one of the foremost architects. Her architecture is very voluptuous and very flowing, very organic. And the more I started digging into Senegal and Nigeria and finding things, while not necessarily futuristic-looking, very modern in their sensibilities as far as the way they’re putting together their elements and the colors that they use, I was struck by that. I think in Kenya, Uganda—Johannesburg was another one—where no matter where you go, you really do see that they’re always keeping in mind the tradition.”

A closer look at the design elements of Wakanda and you’ll see a familiar pattern emerge, a circular pattern, “I did a lot of research into what the circular designs mean, as far as, you look at Stonehenge, you look at a lot of these old designs and they were actually based on the idea of bringing in plumbing, you know, not electric, but using water as a way to create sort of an electricity, if you will,” said Beachler. “Sort of the idea behind it was, there were always these circles and it has to do with vibration and sound, and a lot of the stuff that we’re doing is sonic and based on sound, and vibrations. Vibranium is about vibrations and soaking that vibration in.”

What separates Wakanda from other places in the Marvel Universe is the fact that while it’s the most technically-advanced civilization it has a strong history of culture as its foundation. As Moore explained, “So imagine a place that still has standing monuments that are centuries old, next to the most modern skyscrapers in the world. In the same way, they haven’t lost a lot of their cultural touchstones that other places have. They still worship, potentially the same gods they did when they first started. They still have rituals that are centuries old because they never had that sort of cultural imperialism that you’ve seen across the world. So it’s a place that really sits between being technologically advanced but also having a high value on their traditions.”

Finding the value in traditional architecture but shaping it with a futuristic slant was the running vein for creating the world of “Black Panther.” “It was important for us to keep that tradition, because we wanted to honor and have reverence for the continent,” said Beachler, “and bring it to the screen in a way that you haven’t seen before, as being a prosperous place.”

Get your tickets now for “Black Panther”, opening February 16, and stay tuned for even more royal action in the coming days!

If you’re interested in learning more about Wakandan architecture and Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther,” pick up MARVEL’S BLACK PANTHER: THE ART OF THE MOVIE in stores February 13. Go behind the scenes with exclusive concept artwork and in-depth analysis from the filmmakers in this keepsake volume!

While you await the King, follow @theblackpanther on Twitter and like Black Panther’s official Facebook page!

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Live from Hollywood at 8:30 PM ET / 5:30 PM PT

It’s all been leading to this. Thanos is coming and it all kicks off live in Hollywood with the Red Carpet World Premiere of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ on April 23, 2018 at 8:30 PM ET / 5:30 PM PT.

The biggest movie of the year is shaping up for the biggest red carpet in the universe and you can see your favorite stars of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and catch all the action by watching the livestream.

Here is your complete list of viewing options:

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'Avengers: Infinity War' hits theaters April 27!

Earlier this week, Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” stars Robert Downey Jr., Benedict Cumberbatch, Karen Gillan, and director Joe Russo greeted enthusiastic fans at a special “Avengers: Infinity War” fan event held in Singapore! Take a look at the photos above!

Meanwhile, Tom Holland and director Anthony Russo were on hand to greet excited fans at a special Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” fan event in Tokyo!

Don’t get locked out of opening weekend; grab your tickets now on Fandango to see “Avengers: Infinity War” when it opens on April 27!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com, follow @Avengers on Twitter, and Like “The Avengers” on Facebook for the latest on the Avengers as it develops!

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In theaters April 27!

It’s Friday and we’re officially two weeks away from the release of Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” in theaters!

To ease into the weekend, we’ve got a look at the latest posters Marvel Studios just dropped!

Here’s the exclusive Dolby Cinemas poster:

And here’s a look at the exclusive RealD 3D “Avengers: Infinity War” poster:

Get your hands on the full edition of the Moviebill featuring exclusive cover art opening weekend at Regal Movies starting on April 27!

As an additional treat, check out the custom Lego poster celebrating 10 Years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

Don’t get locked out of opening weekend; grab your tickets now on Fandango to see “Avengers: Infinity War” when it opens on April 27!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com, follow @Avengers on Twitter, and Like “The Avengers” on Facebook for the latest on the Avengers as it develops!

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Hear from our heroes on what it was like behind-the-scenes filming!

We’re not only weeks away from Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” landing in theaters, but also, the 10 year anniversary from when the Marvel Cinematic Universe journey began with “Iron Man.”

In a new “Family” featurette, the cast of “Avengers: Infinity War” talk about their MCU “family” and what it has meant to them over the time they’ve spent together making MCU films.

Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Pratt, and Robert Downey Jr. reflect on filming with heroes they’ve never shared the screen with before, while others reflected on the years and time spent together.

Watch the featurette above, and then grab tickets on Fandango! “Avengers: Infinity War” opens in theaters on April 27. Stay tuned to Marvel.com, follow @Avengers on Twitter, and Like “The Avengers” on Facebook for the latest on the Avengers as it develops!

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Explore the wondrous world of Wakanda deeper with extensive bonus features!

Marvelites, thanks to you, Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” is now the third-biggest film of all time in North American history!

No need to pack your bags and make your way to Wakanda. Now, you can bring home the phenomenon, packed with light-hearted fun, pulse-pounding action and a powerful message, and watch it over and over again (like this particular editor), digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD and Movies Anywhere on May 8 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on May 15! Reserve your copy today: http://www.bitly.com/witnessthelegend

With both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos immersive sound, 4k Ultra HD offers a transformative viewing experience. Through the 4K Cinematic Universe Edition of “Black Panther,” experience the exhilarating adventure in stunning 4K Ultra HD with next-generation high dynamic range (HDR) visuals and Dolby Atmos immersive audio. Never-before-seen extras feature commentary from director Ryan Coogler; deleted scenes; outtakes; and several making-of featurettes, which detail the Black Panther’s evolution, the remarkable women of Wakanda, the history of T’Challa’s proud nation, and the cosmic origin and technological applications of vibranium. Also included are a roundtable discussion with “Black Panther” filmmakers and writers; a featurette tracing the countless connections between heroes, characters and storylines within the Marvel Cinematic Universe; and an exclusive sneak peek at “Ant-Man and the Wasp.”

In the acclaimed film, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) returns home to the hidden high-tech African nation of Wakanda to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king, following the death of his father. But when a man named Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) appears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he’s drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Pitted against his own family, the king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and embrace his future as an Avenger.

The film features a fierce group of Wakandan women, including Nakia (Academy Award® winner Lupita Nyong’o), a War Dog and Wakandan spy; Shuri (Letitia Wright), T’Challa’s little sister and tech wizard; and the Dora Milaje, the all-female Wakandan Special Forces led by Okoye (Danai Gurira). They team up with reluctant ally CIA agent Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman) to help T’Challa defend Wakanda against the forces threatening to destroy it. The extraordinary ensemble cast of “Black Panther” also includes veteran actors such as Academy Award® nominee Angela Bassett as Ramonda, T’Challa and Shuri’s mother; Academy Award® winner Forest Whitaker as Zuri, the spiritual leader of Wakanda; and Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue, an illegal arms dealer; and standout performances by Academy Award® nominee Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, Royal Counsel to T’Challa; Winston Duke as M’Baku, the formidable leader of the Jabari tribe; and Emmy® Award-winner Sterling K. Brown as N’Jobu, a Wakandan War Dog.

The action in “Black Panther” is intensified through a musical score by GRAMMY®-nominated composer Ludwig Göransson and soundtrack curated and produced by GRAMMY® Award-winning global superstar Kendrick Lamar and Billboard Magazine’s Executive of the Year Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith. “Black Panther: The Album” topped the Billboard 200 chart for five consecutive weeks and the end-credit track, “All The Stars,” featuring Lamar and SZA, spent nine weeks in the top 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.

BONUS MATERIAL (may vary by retailer):
Blu-ray:

    • Director’s Intro
    • From Page to Screen: A Roundtable Discussion – Delve into the film’s making
    • Crowning of a New King – Explore the world of “Black Panther” in all its color and complexity
    • The Warriors Within – Get to know Wakanda’s women and the actors who portray them
    • The Hidden Kingdom Revealed – Wakanda’s diverse people
    • Wakanda Revealed: Exploring the Technology
    • Deleted Scenes
      • U.N. Meet and Greet
      • Okoye And W’Kabi Discuss the Future of Wakanda
      • T’Challa Remembers His Father
      • Voices from the Past
    • Gag Reel
    • Exclusive Sneak Peek at “Ant-Man and The Wasp”
    • Marvel Studios the First Ten Years: Connecting the Universe
    • Director’s Commentary

Digital Exclusives:

  • In World Wakanda Tourism Ads
    • Come to Wakanda “Before”
    • Come to Wakanda “After”

Reserve your copy in your preferred format!

Look for Black Panther again soon on the big screen when Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” comes out later this month April 27!

For even more Black Panther, follow @theblackpanther on Twitter and like Black Panther’s official Facebook page for all the latest news and updates!

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A special thank you to all of the fans, plus some never-before-seen photos!

Marvel Studios’ year-long Marvel Cinematic Universe 10-Year anniversary celebration continues with your favorite Avengers, and stars of Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War,” personally thanking you, the True Believers, for your loyalty and support in “10 Years of Fandom”! Check out the new featurette above!

Go behind the scenes with these never-before-seen photos from “Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years,” coming to bookstores this November!

“Avengers: Infinity War” opens in theaters on April 27. Get tickets on Fandango now! Stay tuned to Marvel.com, follow @Avengers on Twitter, and Like “The Avengers” on Facebook for the latest on the Avengers as it develops!

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'Avengers: Infinity War' hits theaters April 27!

Yesterday, stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Sebastian Stan, Tom Hiddleston, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen and Letitia Wright joined directors Anthony and Joe Russo to greet enthusiastic fans at a special London fan event for the upcoming Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War”.

Don’t get locked out of opening weekend; grab your tickets now on Fandango to see “Avengers: Infinity War” when it opens on April 27!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com, follow @Avengers on Twitter, and Like “The Avengers” on Facebook for the latest on the Avengers as it develops!

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Time to assemble April 27.

As previously highlighted, directors Joe and Anthony Russo shot Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War,” in theaters April 27, entirely with IMAX Arri 65 cameras to fully capture this larger-than-life film.

This morning, IMAX revealed their exclusive “Avengers: Infinity War” poster, see below. Experience “Infinity War” in IMAX and grab the hero-packed poster while supplies last! Don’t get sold out of opening weekend; secure tickets to the nearest IMAX theater here.

“Avengers: Infinity War” opens in theaters on April 27. Get tickets on Fandango now! Stay tuned to Marvel.com, follow @Avengers on Twitter, and Like “The Avengers” on Facebook for the latest on the Avengers as it develops!

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It’s all been leading to April 27!

There was an idea, to bring together a group of remarkable people, to see if we could become something more.

We’re nearing the April 27 release of “Avengers: Infinity War”! Last week, Marvel Studios revealed five character posters. Now, they’re back with 22 mighty posters spotlighting each of our impressive super heroes ready to take a stand against the threat that is Thanos!

Leading the gallery above is the first Avenger (and birthday boy) himself, Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man! See the rest of the Avengers and their super allies — Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange/Doctor Strange, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Chadwick Boseman as King T’Challa/Black Panther, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel voicing Rocket and Groot, Paul Bettany as Vision, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Dave Bautista as Drax, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, and Benedict Wong as Wong.

“Avengers: Infinity War” opens in theaters on April 27. Get tickets on Fandango now! Stay tuned to Marvel.com, follow @Avengers on Twitter, and Like “The Avengers” on Facebook for the latest on the Avengers as it develops!

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