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It’s hard to imagine T’Challa shouting “bloody hell” mid-battle or sitting down for a cuppa after a long day of fighting evil aliens. But if Marvel’d had their way, the groundbreaking superhero and all of his fellow Wakandans would have spoken with British accents.

According to T’Challa himself, Chadwick Boseman, he fought for the use of the Xhosa accent that ultimately appears in the film.

Xhosa, which originates from South Africa, was originally chosen because of the ancestry of actor John Kani, who played T’Challa’s father, T’Chaka, in Captain America: Civil War.

When it came time for Black Panther, however, Marvel worried that the South African accent would be too difficult for audiences to understand for an entire film. They instead asked Boseman to choose between an American or British accent.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter’s “Awards Chatter” podcast, Boseman explained why he fought to keep Xhosa in.

“For [Marvel], I don’t think it was that deep. I think it was an opinion, but I don’t think they were  like, ‘We’re gonna fire you,'” he said. “But I was in that place where 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?’ And so yes, that was a huge thing.”

h/t: Mashable

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Madeleine Buckley

Madeleine Buckley

Madeleine Buckley was a Senior Editor at The Pop Insider, The Toy Insider, and The Toy Book. She covered all things toys and fandom, and has appeared on Cheddar and a variety of regional news networks to talk about the latest trends in both. She is a movie score enthusiast, mediocre knitter, proud Syracuse alumna, and Marvel lover. You can usually find her at the movies or hanging out at home with her super-pup, Parker.

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