Marvel's Black Panther movie to feature proudly South African language

Marvel's Black Panther movie to feature proudly South African language

- Black Panther is a Marvel comic book character who was brought to life in Captain America: Civil War

- The film features a cast of well-known actors, including a few South Africans

- One of the languages to feature in the film is isiXhosa

The cast of Marvel's latest superhero movie features a few South Africans led by veteran actor John Kani.

Local comic book fans will be thrilled to learn (if they don't already know) that isiXhosa will be one of the official languages used in Marvel’s movie Black Panther.

Kani said: "There are words used to indicate that those people’s indigenous language is not English. But you know this is an American major blockbuster, therefore it will be 99.9% English. However, you’ll hear some [isiXhosa] words being dropped."

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King T’Challa, played by Chadwick Boseman, returns home to Wakanda. But when two enemies conspire to bring down the kingdom, T’Challa must team up, as the Black Panther, with CIA agent Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman) and members of the Dora Milaje—Wakanda's special forces—to prevent a world war.

Andy Serkis plays Ulysses Klaue, a gangster working out of South Africa, with a personal vendetta against T'Challa.

John Kani reprises his role as T'Chaka, the father of T'Challa.

Pre-sale tickets of the film have outsold all other Marvel superhero films.

Black Panther premieres on 16 February at cinemas nationwide.

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