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