Meet the Marvel women who make Black Panther and Captain America look fierce

CNET | 2/22/2019 | Patricia Puentes
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Superhero blockbuster Black Panther has a lot to brag about. It's delighted critics and fans, crossed the $1 billion mark at the box office, become the first movie based on a comic book to net an Oscar best picture nod and earned Hannah Beachler the first Academy Award nomination for an African-American in production design.

It's also the first Marvel movie to get an Oscar nomination for costumes.

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Those who've seen the movie and its Afrofuturistic-infused getups probably won't be surprised. The Dora Milaje special forces stomp around in warrior boots and intricately detailed red and gold leather tunics with matching gauntlets. Killmonger looks intimidating (and so buff) in camo pants topped by a fitted blue shirt and fierce armor. And T'Challa's vast array of suits and dress shirts may all be black, but each has wonderfully distinct flourishes.

Thank costume designer Ruth E. Carter for making Lupita Nyong'o, Chadwick Boseman and Danai Gurira look even sexier than usual by dressing them in sleek formal wear for a night out at a Busan casino. Carter's been nominated for Oscars twice before, for her work in Spike Lee's Malcolm X (1992) and Steven Spielberg's Amistad (1997).

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Before heading to Wakanda, Carter consulted with frequent Marvel collaborator Judianna Makovsky and other designers who'd worked with the studio.

"They all said to me, 'This is a little bit different than your normal superhero film,'" Carter says over the phone from New York. "Actually, I'm really glad I didn't really know the language of the other superhero films when I worked on Black Panther, so that I could approach it from my own point of view and not be influenced by what I thought it should look like."

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Angela Bassett's Queen Ramonda, and her Zulu-inspired Black Panther headdress.

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