With production scheduled to begin early next year on Black Panther, new details have started to surface, as Chadwick Boseman has been making the press rounds to promote the home video release of Captain America: Civil War. The actor revealed that this stand alone movie will be darker and grittier than previous Marvel movies in an interview from earlier this month, and now the actor has revealed that fans will actually get to see characters who have served as the Black Panther in the past. Here's what he had to say in a new interview.
"If you saw the tease at the end [of Civil War] in Wakanda, that's more mystery there so I think there's a lot to reveal about the character. There is definitely more of his origin in Black Panther. You're going to learn about Wakanda, its culture, its traditions, the past. You can go through all the comic books and know that there's more Panthers that have existed in the past - that's origin."
Chadwick Boseman's T'challa was first introduced in this summer's blockbuster Captain America: Civil War, where he inherited the Black Panther title after his father T'chaka (John Kani) was killed. It's possible T'chaka could return in either flashbacks, or through Wakandan mysticism. The current Black Panther comics use what is known as The Djalia: Plane of Wakandan Memory, a mental connection between Black Panther and others, which could be used to show fans Black Panther characters from the past. Chadwick Boseman did make it clear in his interview with Yahoo! Movies UK that Black Panther is certainly not an "origin story" for his T'challa character.
"Civil War was a jumping off point for the Black Panther character. It's not necessarily an origin story because he remains a mystery through most of the movie. When I take the mask off and it's revealed that it's the Prince of Wakanda, that's the guy who's father was just killed - it's a surprise. So then, you're learning - as you watch the movie - what his powers are, because you're not sure. He remains a mystery through most of the movie."
The supporting cast for Black Panther includes Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, Danai Gurira as Okoye and Lupita Nyong'o as Nakia, who all came together for the first time at Comic-Con this summer. Ryan Coogler (Creed) is directing from a script he co-wrote with Joe Robert Cole (The People Vs. O.J. Simpson). Hopefully we'll learn more about the rest of the Black Panther cast very soon as we get closer to production starting.