Black Panther cast's road to Oscars 2019: See the pictures

Comic-Con 2016

The formal announcement for Black Panther came courtesy of Kevin Feige in October 2014, so by the time the cast gathered in front of fans at Comic-Con almost two years later, the Marvel-verse was excited, to say the least. Feige unveiled the final lineup of actors in Hall H — Chadwick Boseman had been announced as T’Challa, but Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, and Danai Gurira rounded out the starring crew. Here, they pose at EW’s Comic-Con portrait studio. 

On the set

The cast then gathered on the Atlanta set to begin filming the historic movie in early 2017. (Yes, some of the more action-packed scenes were shot in far-flung locations like Busan, South Korea, but most of the magic happened on an Atlanta soundstage). 

Comic-Con 2017

After filming wrapped, the extended Black Panther cast and crew reunited at the Comic-Con yet again — this time to unveil the very first footage of the final film. The now-famous casino scene received a standing ovation from the Hall H crowd.

(Check out the cast walking EW’s Anthony Breznican through the footage here). 

EW’s 2017 Comic-Con cover

Michael B. Jordan, Chadwick Boseman, and Lupita Nyong’o graced EW’s cover for the July 21, 2017 issue. 

Kendrick Lamar signs on 

The Grammy-winning rapper released the song “All the Stars,” (featuring SZA) just six weeks before Black Panther‘s theatrical release, and also dropped the news that he would be producing the entire soundtrack. The hit song, of course, went on to be nominated for an Oscar. 

The world premiere

The stars hit the purple carpet in Los Angeles on Jan. 29, 2018. 

Smashing the box office

The flick made history at the box office and set records for its Rotten Tomatoes rating — and went on to cross the $1 billion mark. 

Wakanda forever

No offense to Captain America and his OG crew, but the team from Wakanda was the breakout hit of Infinity War. 

The first awards win

Okay, so it was only the MTV Movie Awards. But the popcorn trophies garnered by the crew in June 2018 was just the first of many awards appearances for Black Panther. 

Entertainers of the Year

The women of Wakanda — Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, and Angela Bassett — graced EW’s cover honoring the best, well, entertainers of the year

The 2019 Golden Globes

In case anyone was wondering whether the cast of Black Panther was going to dominate the hearts and minds of America during award season…

EW’s Oscar issue

Black Panther earned seven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture — making it the first superhero movie to achieve that coveted honor. 

For more on this year’s Oscars, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands Friday, or buy it here now. Don’t forget to subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW.

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