The outlet Vanity Fair has a great series of videos called “Notes on a scene,” and in it, we get to see a director break down iconic scenes from the film. Last year, we saw the hilarious Taika Waititi break down a scene from Thor: Ragnarok, but this time around, we are given the chance to see Black Panther helmer Ryan Coogler break down a scene from the latest Marvel Studios film.
The scene in question is the casino scene, where T’Challa, Nakia, and Okoye are hoping to take in Wakanda’s enemy no. 1, Ulysses Klaue. Of course, things don’t exactly go to plan, and Okoye is forced to lay down a couple of goons who discover her.
Coogler starts off his breakdown by picking apart the costume from Nakia, and what it means for the culture of Wakanda. He then points to Okoye’s dress and wig, the latter of which is a bit dishonorable, given how important a bald head is for the women of the Dora Milaje. Another cool detail is the costumes: Nakia wears green, Okoye wears red, and T’Challa wears black. Coogler confirms that this is something of a visual reference to the Pan-African flag, which consists of those same three colors.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg in terms of all the cool little details Coogler illuminates us with in the video. It really goes to show all the thought that goes into every little detail — between the fights, the character motivations, and other visual nods.
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SOURCE: Vanity Fair