We saw Chadwick Boseman become the Black Panther in this year’s Captain America: Civil War, and we’ll see him again in February of 2018 for his solo film.
If that sounds too long a wait, you’re not alone. Boseman recently sat down with Jim Viscardi of Comicbook.com to chat about the character, and it’s clear he’s as excited as anybody.
Viscardi specifically asked Boseman if Black Panther is “ready to hold his own against Thanos,” the mad titan we’ve been seeing glimpses and teases of since the end credits of the first Avengers. Boseman clearly thinks so, as he said:
“Sure, yeah. Black Panther is ready to go toe-to-toe against anybody.”
This was probably a clever question by Viscardi to find out if Black Panther could don the Infinity Gauntlet (all stones included), a move from Secret Wars #6 that made the character powerful enough to take on Doctor Doom. It’s possible that this storyline could be loosely adapted for the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War, or perhaps a bit later down the MCU pipeline (especially if it teams Black Panther up with Namor).
We still don’t know the full plot of Black Panther, but with Infinity War only a few months later, it’s reasonable to assume the infinity stones could be involved somehow.
Of course, the more simple interpretation is that Boseman considers T’Challa “battle-ready” in the sense that he would fight Thanos without fear of the consequences. He’s a smart character, but we’ve already seen the character go all-in when hunting Bucky Barnes, so this isn’t really a surprise.
Black Panther releases in theaters February 16, 2018. And Avengers: Infinity War opens May 4, 2018.