Black Panther is getting his own standalone movie in 2018, but the iconic Marvel character will first be introduced in Captain America: Civil War this summer. Despite this sequel being jam-packed with nearly every character thus far introduced in the MCU, T'Challa plays a pretty important role. Though, it has been stated in the past that he's one superhero who refuses to choose a side.
So if he's not #TeamCap or #TeamIronMan, what is T'Challa's true mission in Civil War? Chadwick Boseman recently opened up about bringing this legendary presence to the big screen. And he lays out what's in front of Black Panther as the other Avengers around him take sides and enter a long and violent battle. Speaking with Empire Magazine, the actor had this to say about his own subplot as it will play out amongst the chaos.
"It's my political mission to tame it and get it under control. T'Challa is a prince of Wakanda. All heroes have a weight on their shoulders, but there will eventually be a difference in what I have to carry politically and socially."
In the previous trailers and footage that has been released, Black Panther clearly appears to be siding with Tony Stark and Team Iron Man. But his allegiance with Stark is a bit more complex than the other characters that have sided with the billionaire in support of the Sokova Accords, which state that superheroes must be regulated by the One World Government and held accountable for their actions. Chadwick Boseman refuses to confirm or deny if T'Challa has gained his superhuman powers from the mystical ceremony he undergoes in the comic books. And it still isn't known if magic is part of his repertoire. He did, however, talk about the idea of playing a prince, and exactly what his Wakanda accent should sound like. He explains.
"The idea of Wakanda is sort of, what if Timbuktu hasn't been conquered? I basically listened to people and picked what sounded cool, since it's not a specific place. It's in the southern, central part of Africa. The attitude, the musicality, as is my preference of the character. It has to fit his dignity."
Not too much official background information has been released on this big screen version of Black Panther. Nor is it known how he will spinoff into his own movie. Captain America: Civil War director Anthony Russo did share some intel on the process behind recreating T'Challa specifically for the MCU. He says this.
"He's an emblem and a representative of his country in the way that Captain America is, but in a different way too. Cap is an everyman who became elevated because of his virtues and Panther is a prince. So it's an interesting contrast."
It has been confirmed that Creed director Ryan Coogler is helming the standalone Black Panther movie. Anthony Russo believes the character couldn't be in better hands, and is happy to hand off the iconic Marvel superhero to someone who genuinely cares about the property. He states this about the filmmaker.
"He's dynamic, he loves the character, he's such a great choice to direct that movie."
With so many Marvel characters on display in Captain America: Civil War, will it be able to do T'Challa justice? Or will he be hanging out mostly on the sidelines? It sounds like the MCU has big plans for The Prince of Wakanda, so if he only shows up for a few minutes, at least we know his story will continue to expand in the very near future. If you have any comments about this, sound off below! Except for you, Paulington. No one wants to hear your awful comments anymore.