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Black Panther: Marvel Originally Wanted Wakandans To Have British Accents

Black Panther was blooming huge, especially domestically in the US. As the first superhero movie to feature an almost completely black cast, it seemed to resonate more strongly in the US than abroad, though it was still a smash success worldwide.

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When a movie does that well financially and critically it’s almost harder to imagine what might have been had different choices had been made. Speaking with THR, Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman revealed that had Marvel got their way initially, the Wakandan’s would have spoken with British accents instead of the African Xhosa accent we heard in the movie.

 “They felt that it was maybe too much for an audience to take, I felt the exact opposite — like, if I speak with a British accent, what’s gonna happen when I go home? It felt to me like a deal-breaker, I was like, ‘No, this is such an important factor that if we lose this right now, what else are we gonna throw away for the sake of making people feel comfortable?'”

I’m certainly glad they chose to go with an African accent, it would have felt totally off for the Wakandan’s to all sound like they had been educated at Oxford or Cambridge. I mean, why would they have British accents. Surely their native tongue wasn’t English, that this was, in fact, a learned language? I mean, at that point you might as well give them American accents, or Spanish, French, whatever.

I’m glad Marvel saw sense with this one and the movie was a lot better for it. What do you think of Boseman’s comments, is there anyone out there who thinks British accents would have been an improvement? Sound off below, but only in British accents, please.

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