The trailer for Captain America: Civil War demonstrated that the movie will clearly be a Captain America movie and not simply Avengers 2.5 like many expected (to check out the trailer go here or see 80 stills from the trailer here). Despite mainly focusing on Rogers and the continuation of the Winter Soldier storyline and society’s fear of super powered beings, Civil War will also be used to introduce one of Marvel’s biggest stars, the Black Panther.
The trailer gave us our first true look at the Black Panther beyond the concept art shown months ago. Despite that there’s not much known about how the king from Wakanda will be portrayed in the films. Entertainment Weekly just released comments from the director, actor and producer that shed some light on T’Challa/Black Panther and what we can expect from him in this movie and beyond.
“He’s definitely not the life of the party in this instance,” Boseman tells the magazine. “I think this is something true of the comic book character and the movie. You never quite know where he stands. There’s always a bit of concealing and mystery. So I think mysterious is more his boat. Not to say there’s not charm and he can’t be a ladies’ man and all that. It’s more like if there is humor, it’s more like James Bond.”
“He’s someone who hasn’t necessarily made up his mind about either side and whose agenda isn’t exactly what Cap’s agenda or what Tony’s agenda is,” Executive Producer Nate Moore adds. “And I think that brings him into conflict weirdly with both characters at different times in the film. He is the prince of an African nation that has so far stayed very much sort of in the shadows. And eventually the film will draw him and his father out of the shadows.”
So what iteration of the Black Panther will we see in the movie? Typically he is shown as the wise leader, genius level intellect and cunning warrior, but it appears as though in this movie we’ll be watching T’Challa in the early stages of taking up the Black Panther mantle.
“In publishing, he is sort of this very wise and a sanguine figure who seems to know more than he lets on. I think this is Black Panther in his younger years, where he maybe is a little bit more fiery than I think how they write him in the comics because he’s very much in the nascent stages of being a hero. So that means he is probably more fallible than the Black Panther that you read in comics, but for reasons that are completely logical.”
“There definitely is a sort of tradition that he’s torn between, in terms of how things were done in the past and how things need to happen now in this new world. I think there’s perhaps a bit of a maverick there, and then there’s also a need to live up to traditions and his father’s legacy. And not even his father’s legacy, but the entire nation of Wakanda. I think those are the things you will see.”
Director Anthony Russo and actor Boseman chime in with some details about the costume itself:
“Panther is a cool character and he has a toughness, and a sort of intimidation factor with his costume. We’re experimenting with how the light catches the costume… It’s like medieval chain mail, woven extremely thin. It’s not comparable to any other costumes in the universe.”
“As far as the storytelling is concerned, the vibranium is a metal that is dynamic. It can change how it’s used. It’s not a liquid, but it has the ability to change shape and change form and still have its strength. I think there a lot of things about that in the mythology that I think has a lot of potential in terms of the storytelling… It’s not just about being durable, it has the ability to absorb energy. It’s not just like you hit it and it doesn’t take it. It has the ability to absorb the attack of another person and repel or respond to that attack. That’s part of the power.”
Captain America: Civil War arrives in theaters May 6, 2016 and the stand alone Black Panther movie is set to be released February 16, 2018.