– by Joseph Jammer Medina

The engines for Marvel’s Phase 3 of films are revving pretty loudly these days. CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR is going to help close certain narrative loops, as well as launch entirely new ones for the Marvel Cinematic Universe to explore. One character that’s going to loom large in the film, as it serves as an introduction for him and a launchpad for his own solo film, is Black Panther. Actor Chadwick Boseman is gearing up to play the role in BLACK PANTHER, directed by Ryan Coogler, and is already discussing how it’ll be different than your average superhero flick.

For starters, he’s quick to point out that- in his eyes- Black Panther is “not a superhero.” Boseman says T’Challa (his character’s real name), the King of Wakanda, isn’t going to be just another Avenger-type character in CIVIL WAR, who picks a team and kicks some ass. He says his character is “not on anybody’s team. It’s my political mission to tame it and get it under control.” 

He also states that while BLACK PANTHER will be a superhero flick, it’ll be less about spectacle and more “character driven.” This should come as no surprise, since Boseman (42, GET ON UP) is a serious actor, and Coogler (FRUITVALE STATION, CREED) is a revered young filmmaker with a background in telling smaller, human stories.

Sounds like BLACK PANTHER has the potential to be a very special film when itcomes out on February 16, 2018. 

SOURCE: Empire Online

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.