Chadwick Boseman was a show-stealer in Captain America: Civil War as Black Panther. He had an undeniable presence while delivering a pitch perfect portrayal of T’Challa. His stoic performance showed that T’Challa, just as he is in the comics, is very different from The Avengers audiences have known in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
T’Challa isn’t really one to quip. It’s just not his style. That’s not to say he has no sense of humor, as he had his moments in Captain America Civil War, but he’s not typically counted on for laughs. T’Challa is a king and responsible for an entire country as both a leader and a protector. It’s a responsibility he takes very seriously, which is why he didn’t really care when Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) paused for introductions during Civil War‘s big airport fight.
T’Challa’s own film, Black Panther, is going to be a reflection of his position and personality. Boseman told Comic Book Resources:
It’s funny, because on one hand, the Marvel movies that I’ve liked the most are the ones that are funny. I love “Ant-Man.” But for me, most of the time the darker superhero movies are the ones that I gravitate towards, that I love the most. So I’m glad that I’m not in an “Ant-Man.” I’m glad that the tone of [“Black Panther”] may be a little grittier. I just wanted to establish that from the beginning, that that’s what we were doing. That that’s what I intend to do. I feel like we’ll end up in a place that I’ve always wanted to be when I look at superhero movies. Those are the ones I like the most. It’s exciting to do that.
One of Marvel Studios’ strengths has been making tonal adjustments based on the story being told and the characters within it. Marvel isn’t going to force director Ryan Coogler to make an Iron Man film and call it Black Panther. Still, it’s good to hear Chadwick Boseman actually say that the film will have its own identity and tone.
Boseman also spoke to CBR about the significance of Black Panther as the MCU’s first film led by a person of color. Many viewed the appearance of Boseman, Coogler, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, and Danai Gurira on the Hall H stage during the Marvel Studios panel as a major moment in the superhero movie genre. Boseman agreed, but is also thrilled that everyone is looking forward to Black Panther.
I feel the energy. The image itself opens people’s minds up. You can talk about it all you want, you can have it in a comic book, you can even do an animated series, but when you see real people doing it, it changes something inside of you. It’s going to be a big deal because there’s not just Black people or people of African descent that want to see it, I think everybody wants to see it. That’s the beautiful thing. I truly believe there are more people who want to see it than don’t want to see it, especially after being here.
Black Panther begins production early next year for a February 16, 2018 release. In the meantime, you can catch Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War, now available on Digital HD and on Blu-ray September 13.