When Marvel announced a special press event in late October, many fans thought that the studio would finally be unveiling their Phase Three slate. Sure enough, the nine-movie slate was confirmed, but the studio also gave the El Capitan Theater crowd a few surprises, most notably, introducing the new Black Panther himself, Chadwick Boseman. The actor recently shed some light on the unconventional audition process, a status update on the movie and much more.
While he had been rumored to be in contention for months, Chadwick Boseman revealed to Entertainment Weekly that serious talks about playing T'challa began only a few weeks before the big announcement.
"Not even a month. The real official conversations happened really quickly. I think there were rumors out there, but those were rumors. Maybe that's a form of conversation, but it wasn't an actual conversation, if that makes any sense."
He added that this was the first superhero character he had gone out for, while stating that it was a very different "audition" process.
"This was really the first. It wasn't really an audition process. It was more of a discussion about what they wanted to do and how I saw it and what I wanted to do. It was more of a feeling out process and they're really smart. I can't talk too much about it-the only thing I can say is that they are smarter than you think they are. They have a lot of it figured out. This is the part where I have to be quiet. Because the same way that surprise happened at the El Capitan Theatre, I feel like it all has to happen like that. I just know they're really good at what they do. And it's not like, 'Oh, I can make a whole lot of a money playing a superhero, or anything like that.' For me, I've always been a person that says I'm not really looking to put on a suit and become a comic-book person. It's never really been something in my scope, as far as a goal of mine. I'm more the person that says, 'I want to do these really cool independent films with great characters with great directors, or studio films that have critical acclaim.' But I think with Marvel, you have the best of both worlds."
Fans got their first glimpse at the costume shortly after the Marvel press event last month, but the actor admitted that he hasn't tried it on yet.
"No, I have not tried it on yet."
"Honestly, I don't think so. All of that is being come up with right now. How do they say that: My pay grade doesn't reach that high."