Earlier today, Entertainment Weekly revealed the cover for their upcoming issue that will have plenty of information on Captain America: Civil War. To no surprise, Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) graced the cover, however, they were also joined by Black Panther, giving us one of the better looks at the character.
Now, they are back with even more information on the character, provided by Chadwick Boseman, Joe and Anthony Russo, Kevin Feige, and more. Plus, they gave us this brand new, detailed look at Black Panther’s suit!
Our first look at the suit was through set photos, and we got an even better look at it from the first trailer, but we have yet to hear T’Challa speak or see him without the suit. Here is what Boseman said about his mysterious character.
Boseman: He’s definitely not the life of the party in this instance. I think this is something true of the comic book character and the movie. You never quite know where he stands. There’s always a bit of concealing and mystery. So I think mysterious is more his boat. Not to say there’s not charm and he can’t be a ladies’ man and all that. It’s more like if there is humor, it’s more like James Bond.
Since this will be the first appearance of the character on screen, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has not established the lore that exists within Wakanda. It appears that will change quickly though during Civil War.
Boseman: There definitely is a sort of tradition that he’s torn between, in terms of how things were done in the past and how things need to happen now in this new world. I think there’s perhaps a bit of a maverick there, and then there’s also a need to live up to traditions and his father’s legacy. And not even his father’s legacy, but the entire nation of Wakanda. I think those are the things you will see.
Based on concept art and other reports, Black Panther will be siding primarily with Tony Stark during Civil War. While he may find himself siding with Stark, he’s still very much on his own journey in this film.
Boseman: Ultimately some sides are taken, but I think the trick of the movie is for no one to be blindly following. Everybody is actually on their own side, in truth.
There have been rumors that T’Challa takes up the mantle after the death of his father (T’Chaka) but based on a comment made by Executive Producer Nate Moore while speaking about choosing sides, T’Chaka will still be around for Civil War, or at least part of it.
Moore: He’s someone who hasn’t necessarily made up his mind about either side and whose agenda isn’t exactly what Cap’s agenda or what Tony’s agenda is. And I think that brings him into conflict weirdly with both characters at different times in the film. He is the prince of an African nation that has so far stayed very much sort of in the shadows. And eventually the film will draw him and his father out of the shadows.
The Black Panther costume, shown earlier, is unlike anything in the MCU. We’ve seen vibranium with Captain America’s shield and Ultron’s last form, and with vibranium coming from Wakanda, T’Challa takes advantage of it for his own costume.
Joe Russo: It has a sheen because its a weave of the strongest metal in this fictional universe
Anthony Russo: It’s like medieval chain mail, woven extremely thin. It’s not comparable to any other costumes in the universe.
Boseman: It’s not just about being durable, it has the ability to absorb energy. It’s not just like you hit it and it doesn’t take it. It has the ability to absorb the attack of another person and repel or respond to that attack. That’s part of the power.
With such an advanced suit at hand, Black Panther should be able to hold his own in basically any fight. Heck, Boseman even says he would win against Captain America, but the Russo’s simply said, “We’ll see.” Suit aside, he will need to have plenty of moves at his disposal.
Boseman: There are some animal forms, but not just cat. He could be a snake, or various different styles. Obviously there’s an opportunity to do some capoeira.
After his appearance in Captain America: Civil War, Boseman will go on to star in his own solo movie, Black Panther. While the creative team was planning Civil War, they needed a third party and after some back and forth, they finally settled on including the character.
Feige: We kept talking about ‘Somebody like Black Panther …’ After the third or fourth time that came up in a development meeting, someone said, ‘Can’t we just do the Black Panther?’ And we all looked at each other and said, ‘Yeah, I guess we could.’ We introduce him here, give him an arc, and make him a full character. We don’t just give him a cameo, to wave. He has his own conflict and his own people that he’s looking out for.
In a movie packed with stars and characters, I hope Black Panther has the necessary time to show what he’s made of. He should be the type of character to be a scene-stealer throughout.
Captain America: Civil War is scheduled to hit theaters May 6, 2016.