Audiences were first introduced to the Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War. As it turns out, the character’s supporting role in that ensemble superhero movie is essential to his story in his standalone movie, which is looking to arrive in February of next year.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman explained that his character T’Chaka – heir apparent to the Wakandan throne and the current holder of the title of Black Panther – is at a crossroads due to the tragic death of his father in a terrorist attack, something that spurred him to suit up and go after Bucky Barnes (the Winter Soldier), the person framed for the attack. While T’Chaka has given Barnes asylum after learning of his innocence, the events of the third Captain America movie still weigh heavily on his mind:
“It’s shortly after [Captain America: Civil War] has ended so he’s still in mourning. There’s a guilt in terms of taking the throne. There’s a feeling that he wishes that his father would have been alive to see it, if he would have given up the throne for being too old. That’s the ideal way. His mindset is one of guilt and unsureness because he doesn’t have [his father] there… Generally, there is unrest because there’s no leader on the throne. We’re dealing with a similar thing right now in this country. Just because a person was elected doesn’t mean everybody agrees with the things he’s going to do. Having to make the first decisions… What do you do first? What do you choose to do that’s going to get everybody on your side? It’s a political drama essentially.”
From the sounds of things, Black Panther is going to be an incredibly political story, which should easily set it apart from other superhero movies. How T’Chaka deals with ascending to the position of king will make for a fascinating story, and hopefully one that encourages Hollywood to continue to branch out with comic book adaptations.
Black Panther strikes on February 16, 2018. The movie will feature a cast that includes Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa (Black Panther), Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Forest Whitaker as Zuri, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Florence Kasumba as Ayo, John Kani as T’Chaka, Sterling K. Brown as N’Jobu, Michael B. Jordan as Erik Kilmonger, Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue, and Winston Duke as M’Baku (Man-Ape). In addition, Atandwa Kani has been cast in an unspecified role.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ Reveals 20 New Images
Earlier today, Entertainment Weekly revealed the cover for its annual San Diego Comic-Con preview issue, featuring the stars of Marvel’s Black Panther, directed by Creed‘s Ryan Coogler. Now, EW has revealed twenty never-before-seen images from the upcoming movie, giving us a closer look at some of the characters we’ll meet in it.
Some of the highlights include a Hobbit reunion between Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis (here playing Everett K. Ross and Ulysses Klaue, respectively), a behind-the-scenes shot of Coogler directing Chadwick Boseman, who can be seen in his full Black Panther garb, and, of course, an image of the star-studded cast of Marvel’s next standalone superhero movie assembled.
You can check out all of the images in the gallery by clicking “next.” A few new spoilery tidbits about the movie can also be found over at EW.
The film also stars Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Sterling K. Brown and John Kan. Here’s the official synopsis:
“Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.
Marvel’s Black Panther hits theaters on February 16, 2018. Meanwhile, San Diego Comic-Con 2017 kicks off on July 20th. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for more updates and live coverage from the event.