Not long after revealing himself to be Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) tells Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) that the Black Panther mantle is passed down from warrior to warrior. It was a very simple, concise way of giving the audience enough of what they needed to know about the origin of the character while leaving the door open for further exploration in the Black Panther solo movie.
Boseman and director Ryan Coogler will certainly be getting into T’Challa’s origin and the legacy of his superhero mantle when Black Panther begins production early next year. In an interview with Yahoo!, Boseman was very clear that what we saw in Captain America: Civil War was not an origin story.
“Civil War was a jumping off point for the Black Panther character. 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.”
Boseman then looked to the future and how the every end of Civil War teases just a bit of what the solo movie will cover.
“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.”
Black Panther is already fully-formed in Captain America: Civil War. T’Challa has already been Black Panther when the story starts and then he also becomes the King of Wakanda when his father, T’Chaka (John Kani), is killed in the United Nations bombing. It’s safe to assume that Black Panther will not be a traditional origin story.
That’s not to say, however, that how T’Challa became Black Panther will not be addressed. It will likely be included as the story of the solo film unfolds and we learn more about the history of Wakanda, of which the Black Panther mantle is an integral part.
In terms of origins, Black Panther could end up being a cross between Thor and Ant-Man. It could resemble Thor in that Marvel’s first move about the God of Thunder was more of an introduction to the character and his mythology at a critical point in his life that provided backstory, but wasn’t purely an origin story. The similarity with Ant-Man comes from the legacy aspect of that film with Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) having already been Ant-Man and giving the suit and identity to Scott Lang (Paul Rudd). Black Panther can do that, but to an even great extent since the Black Panther mantle has been around for more than the two generations we saw with Ant-Man.
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Black Panther is due in theaters February 16, 2018.