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Is Black Panther Really The Modern Day Version Of The Lion King?

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Vote up the similarities that are more than just a coincidence.

A surprising number of people have been espousing how Black Panther is similar to The Lion King, but is that assertion based solely on superficial elements of each film?  To say Black Panther is a live-action remake of The Lion King is a bridge too far, yet the two share undeniable similarities thematically, narratively, and yes, aesthetically. Even some names in the The Lion King sound similar to their Black Panther-counterparts, like Nala and Nakia (Lupita Nyong'o), or Mufasa and T'Chaka (John Kani). 

In Black Panther, Prince T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) must learn how to become king after his father's death, and must overcome his cousin Killmonger's (Michael B. Jordan) usurpation of his throne. When you put that way, it starts to sound awfully similar to The Lion King, doesn't it?

These are all the similarities between Black Panther and The Lion King that just might convince you T'Challa's adventure is at least a spiritual successor to Simba's. There are MAJOR spoilers for Black Panther ahead, so if you haven't yet seen it, maybe just go check out some Black Panther trivia instead. If you have seen it, and are hungry for more about T'Challa's first solo outing, checkout all the Easter eggs from the film.