This year's Captain America: Civil War saw Black Panther thrown right into the thick of a stew that's already been cooking for twelve films. Like with Spider-Man in the film, we got no origin with this character, as there was already enough conflict being thrown around, and in the grand scheme of things, there simply wasn't time. That being said, Marvel did a great job integrating him into the story, and not just throwing him in a haphazard fashion, but giving him a real purpose and arc.
“Civil War was a jumping off point for the Black Panther character," actor Chadwick Boseman said when speaking with Yahoo! Movies UK. "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."
Needless to say, fans of the character are now primed and ready for the standalone film, which is set to hit theaters in 2018. As of this writing, there aren't a whole lot of details as to what the film may contain, story-wise, but Boseman went on to give audiences the smallest taste of what to expect from the story.
“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.”
So what does this mean for the film? I wouldn't necessarily expect a full-on origin story in the traditional sense, but perhaps in the film, T'Challa will question his role as the Black Panther, and we'll get flashbacks to the many generations that carried the mantle of Black Panther was carried.
It'll be a unique way to do an origin film, and will also help get more casual friends up to speed as to what his goals, abilities, and history is.
What do you think of Boseman's comments? Are you looking forward to seeing bits of Wakanda history and the origins of the Black Panther? Let us know in the comments down below!
SOURCE: Yahoo! Movies UK