We've seen Black Panther battling Captain America in the Civil War trailers, and the latest issue of Empire Magazine features Chadwick Boseman's T'Challa seemingly side-by-side Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson. So where does Black Panther stand? Check out comments made by Boseman talking about Panther's mission in Civil War, Wakanda, Black Panther's powers and the upcoming solo movie.
Role and mission in Civil War:
Boseman insists that Black Panther is "not a superhero" in the usual sense. Amid the grand-scale tussle that is the Civil War, he stands apart,"I'm not on anybody's team," says Boseman. "It's my political mission to tame it and get it under control."
"T’Challa is a prince of Wakanda," he explains. "All heroes have a weight on their shoulders, but there will eventually be a difference in what I have to carry politically and socially."
"The idea of Wakanda is sort of, what if Timbuktu hasn’t been conquered?" says Boseman, who also invented his own accent for the character, figuring out where on the continent the fictional country would lie. "I basically listened to people and picked what sounded cool, since it’s not a specific place. It’s in the southern, central part of Africa. The attitude, the musicality, as is my preference of the character. It has to fit his dignity.”
Black Panther combines mystical powers with high-tech accessories. The latter are definitely present in Civil War. Vibranium is woven into his suit to provide extra protection and has been shaped into 'claws' so sharp they can cut through other metals. There are also, Boseman teases, further "properties to the suit that you'll see at a later date." He won't confirm whether his character has undergone the initiation ceremony that imbues him with superhuman senses, strength and speed, but it's a fair bet he'll have swallowed his magic brew by the end of the Black Panther solo movie, to be directed by Creed's Ryan Coogler ("He's dynamic, he lovs the character, he's such a great choice to direct that movie," says Joe Russo).
On the Black Panther solo movie:
Each Marvel solo adventure s far has had its own distinct tone, and the same will be true of Black Panther. "There is one genre I think Black Panther lends himself to, but I'm not going to say," Boseman tells us. "Black Panther is a superhero movie but it's still character-driven. That's my assessment so far. You have to identify with what you know, you have the fantasy of this other world but that can only hold you so far. It's what's real that is going to hold you in the end."
"Black Panther" hits February 16, 2018.
"Captain America: Civil War" has a May 6, 2016 release date directed by Anthony and Joe Russo starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Paul Bettany, Don Cheadle, Emily VanCamp, William Hurt, Martin Freeman and Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther.
Captain America: Civil War picks up where Avengers: Age of Ultron left off, as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain.
Captain America: Civil War Super Bowl trailer: