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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Black Panther made a huge splash earlier this year when he was introduced in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, the third film in the CAPTAIN AMERICA trilogy. His introduction was a huge milestone for Marvel, who had yet to have a black leading superhero in their universe (both War Machine and Falcon are sidekicks), and Chadwick Boseman absolutely nailed it on every level.

But the big test for the character will be in 2018 when we finally have a chance to see Black Panther in his own standalone film. In a recent interview with Slash Film, BLACK PANTHER screenwriter Joe Robert Cole had a chance to discuss Boseman’s delivery of T’Challa, and what to expect from the BLACK PANTHER film and the nation of Wakanda in the MCU.

Here’s what he had to say:

“First, I think Chadwick did a phenomenal job in CIVIL WAR in setting the tone for him being a king, for the nobility. At the end, I thought his turn was fantastic and how he rose above his own vengeance. I think that was a great introduction to him. Our standalone movie will begin shortly after CIVIL WAR ends. So we’ll be able to see him mourning and him starting to take command as king of his own nation. Lots of things are going to occur within regards to that. The country will be under threat from inside and out so we’ll learn what Wakanda is, that nation, as the most technologically advanced nation on the planet. Also, as Wakanda’s rise to prominence happens, it will affect the MCU moving forward which is really exciting.”

“Africa is such a huge nation. There are so many countries, each of them with different histories, mythologies, and cultures but what we tried to do was hone in on some of the history, some of the cultural influences and then extrapolate out in our technology, extrapolate out in how we see Wakanda and the different parts of the country and the culture of the country as well. So we wanted to root it in reality first and then build out from there, so we’d feel pretty authentic and grounded.”

Sounds par for the course for Marvel. As fun and ridiculous as things can get in this world, there’s no denying that most of their characters are based solidly in reality. Sure, Iron Man may have technology more advanced than anything we’ll see in the next hundred years, but given the basis in science, we’re able to buy it as an audience. Let’s hope the same will be said of Wakanda once we have a better look at it in the film.

What do yo think of Cole’s comments? Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below!

BLACK PANTHER hits theaters on July 6, 2018.

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SOURCE: Slash Film

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.