Black Panther Is a Grittier, Darker Marvel Movie Says Chadwick Boseman
We are still almost two years away from Ryan Coogler's Black Panther movie, but we already got a very good look at the character in Captain America: Civil War over the summer. That has made fans very eager to know more about T'Challa's first solo adventure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While details have been scarce, Chadwick Boseman did open up quite a bit about the movie in a recent interview.
CBR Spoke with Boseman at San Diego Comic-Con this year, and they just recently released the interview. While the actor couldn't get into specifics, being that they haven't even started filming the movie yet, he was able to say that it will be grittier, and not really like Ant-Man, in terms of how it fits into the MCU. Here is what he had to say. '
"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."
Boseman as Black Panther in Civil War was very well received, but he was very much part of a large ensemble in the movie. The Russo Brothers did a very good job of balancing the rest of the story and managing to give T'Challa a proper introduction into the MCU at the same time, and Boseman feels like we learned a lot about the character by the end of the movie, and explained how that will carry over to Black Panther. Here is what he had to say about him sparing the life of Baron Zemo at the end of Civil War and how it will affect his character in the next movie.
"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 a majorly big deal, not just for Marvel Studios, but Hollywood as a whole It will be the first major comic book movie of the modern era to feature a black superhero. Not only that, but the director is black, much of the crew is black and almost all of the cast is black, and this is a major blockbuster movie. A very rare thing indeed. Chadwick Boseman also spoke a bit about this, and how he feels it will affect the movie. Here is what he had to say about it.
"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."
Creed director Ryan Coogler is helming Black Panther from his own script, with an earlier draft coming from American Crime Storywriter Joe Robert Cole. Boseman will be joined by Lupita NYong'o, Danai Gurira, Michael B. Jordan, who is playing the villainous Erik Killmonger, and Andy Serkis, who will be reprising his role as Ulysses Klaue. Black Panther is set for release on February 16, 2018.