One of the best characters introduced in Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War was Black Panther, played by Chadwick Boseman (42, Get On Up). He was a character that was plucked directly from the Marvel Comics Universe, giving us a character that was close to his roots. Many fans are eager to get a glimpse of T’Challa when he gets his first official Marvel film.
The film is set to be helmed by Ryan Coogler (Creed), and as the release date draws near, everyone’s excitement begins to grow. In July, most of the interviews that Boseman and Coogler gave at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con were released online, except for one. CBR just released an interview from the Convention from both of them that was previously not released. Coogler talked a bit about the tone of the upcoming Black Panther film, which looks to be more like the DC universe than the MCU:
“It’s funny, because on one hand, the Marvel movies that I’ve liked the most are the ones that are funny. I love Ant-Man. But for me, most of the time the darker superhero movies are the ones that I gravitate towards, that I love the most. So I’m glad that I’m not in an Ant-Man. I’m glad that the tone of [Black Panther] may be a little grittier. I just wanted to establish that from the beginning, that that’s what we were doing. That that’s what I intend to do. I feel like we’ll end up in a place that I’ve always wanted to be when I look at superhero movies. Those are the ones I like the most. It’s exciting to do that.”
Fans praised the way that Boseman was as T’Challa, and he says that the way the character was at the end of the film will carry over:
“I feel like you get a chance to see that he’s not going to be a selfish ruler. He’s not going to be a dictator. He’s not going to be a person that does things purely for his own gain. That he does have a heroic aspect at the heart of a hero; of a leader. You can pull for him, because he’s merciful. And it leaves room also for him to do things that are not necessarily perfect.”
Black Panther will be the first modern superhero film to feature a black superhero, director, along with a black cast. According to Boseman, this will influence the storytelling of the film:
“I feel the energy. The image itself opens people’s minds up. You can talk about it all you want, you can have it in a comic book, you can even do an animated series, but when you see real people doing it, it changes something inside of you. It’s going to be a big deal because there’s not just Black people or people of African descent that want to see it, I think everybody wants to see it. That’s the beautiful thing. I truly believe there are more people who want to see it than don’t want to see it, especially after being here.”
Black Panther will hit theaters on February 16th 2018.
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