As the Captain America: Civil War floodgates continue to run free, we have gotten new information on Falcon, Iron Man, Bucky and Steve, Hawkeye and Scarlet Witch, and Zemo. There are plenty of characters missing from that list, but one of the biggest is Black Panther, who will be making his MCU debut in just a few months.
Well if you have been wanting more information about how he factors into Civil War, you are in luck! ScreenRant has yet again released an entire interview from their set visit but this time with Chadwick Boseman.
Black Panther is a character that the average audience member is going to a lot about, so it would not have been surprising for Marvel to include some sort of an origin story. However, when we do meet up with T’Challa for the first time, they are not going to waste any time.
I’m just kind of thrown into the middle. It’s definitely not an origin story, no. It’s not an origin story.
You meet me as the Prince of Wakanda. You meet me as a politician/monarch, not as a superhero.
I am already a Black Panther
The majority of the characters in the MCU have a specific and unique skill set that sets them apart. When Boseman was asked about what makes Black Panther special, he played it a bit coy before talking about how his thought process sets makes him different.
I can’t say, if you’re talking about his abilities. He’s not the strongest, you know what I’m saying? He’s not necessarily the fastest, but he’s strong and he’s fast. He has a wit, a wisdom and a plan – an overarching plan – that a lot of times you don’t necessarily see. So it’s his strategy during a fight or during a battle, and it’s not just him that I think is the – as far as the comic book goes, I think that’s different. As far as this movie, you know, this is an introduction to the character.
When the first trailer for Civil War was shown, I don’t think I was alone when my excitement level took a jump when Black Panther was running stride for stride with a couple of super soldiers. It’s safe to say that he will take part in the action.
I see a fair share, I see a fair share… I think the difference in him is that he’s a ruler of a country. That’s the difference. I wouldn’t even call him a superhero. In the mythology of the country, he’s not a superhero. He’s a warrior, and it’s part of their tradition. It’s not like he’s like, “Who is that masked guy that’s doing this stuff?” Everybody knows it’s him, and they expect that it’s him, and they pray to God, or even him in some cases, that he would do the things that he’s doing. Which is much different than most of the superheroes in which you don’t know their identity and you don’t know when they might show up. There’s an expectation that’s much different. So that’s the main difference.
It’s been a common thread that Black Panther will not be necessarily choosing a side. While he may be siding with Stark on the battle field, he does see both sides.
He sees both sides. It’s necessary to stop crime and to protect your country. He understands that, because that’s what he has to do. But there’s a way to do it that is the best way. Like if it was the Art of War, it would be like, how can you inflict less pain? How can fewer people die and still win the war? He’s a tactician. He’s a strategist, so he appreciates that thought process. So it’s both sides.
His inclusion in Civil War makes him one of the first characters to pop up in a movie before he gets a solo installment. That raises the question, does this set up Black Panther?
Well, just in a basic way. You’re seeing him in the larger scheme of things, like fighting outside of his country. So it will definitely affect what you see later. That’s all I can say. [Laughs]
HitFix was also present at the set visit and in their coverage of Black Panther’s role, the Russo brothers each talked about him as well. Since he reigns from Wakanda, getting involved with the Avengers puts him out of his arena. Anthony Russo says being an outsider is what makes his role so great.
Anthony: [T’challa] enters the movie as an outsider and there’s a lot of conflict surrounding him in the film. In many ways [he’s] an interloper. There’s a lot of tension around that, it’s great dramatic tension. It works great on a story level but it’s tense and complicated.
With his role being relatively big and possibly divisive, it is up to Boseman to bring a great performance to the character. Joe Russo says it is Boseman’s performance that makes him a memorable character for the MCU.
Joe Russo: Chadwick brings real gravitas to the role. He really personifies that character beautifully.He’s playing the character with a real intensity and a real grace. He’s got a movement style that he brought because he has a background in martial arts and it’s fascinating. He moves like none of the other characters in the universe.
Captain America: Civil War is scheduled to hit theaters May 6, 2016.