Sometimes a cameo is so stealthy and under-the-radar that nobody realizes it was there at all until the movie has been out for several months. The films of the MCU are filled with cameos, and not all of them are as blatant as Matt Damon popping up in Thor: Ragnarok.
Now that Black Panther is playing on regular loops in people's homes, fans are starting to notice even more hidden Vibranium bits. One of the latest revelations about Marvel's enormous success is that Trevor Noah, the current host of The Daily Show, plays a part in the film.
Noah, who has not said one word about this connection, is listed in the film's credits. This was first pointed out in a Marvel subreddit, and was then brought to further attention by Comicbook.com. A recent tweet shows the credit that the subreddit drew attention to:
This begs the question, who in Wakanda is "Griot?" The answer to this may help to explain why this cameo managed to go unnoticed for such a long time.
Griot, like Paul Bettany's JARVIS (Iron Man) and Jennifer Connelly's Karen (Spider-Man: Homecoming) before him, is the voice of an A.I. technology. Specifically, he is the voice of the system that Shuri developed to remote pilot the Wakandan ship that Martin Freeman's Everett Ross flies in the finale of the film.
Take a look at the scene in question and see if anything sounds familiar:
Well hello Griot...or should we call you Mr. Trevor Noah. Though he has not said a word about his cameo in the film, Noah has praised the film itself many times. He was especially a fan of the film's use of the Xhosa language, which is spoken in his native South Africa. As he says, "...it was extra special for me because people speak Xhosa in the movie. So, there were subtitles, and I was like, ‘Don’t need your subtitles. I don’t need your subtitles! Get rid of the subtitles! This is just for me right now. Nobody else listen. This reminds me of my mom.’”
Surely we've discovered all of the film's secrets by now? There's only one way to be sure — watch it ten more times.
Did you catch the cameo the first time you watched, or was this news to you? Sound off in the comments!