One of the most mysterious and most anticipated characters in the upcoming film, “Captain America: Civil War” is none other than the Black Panther or T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), whose appearance in the recently released trailer caused quite a stir. His appearance in the trailer was one of the first few video clips in which viewers were able to see him in action, but it also raised interesting questions, such as what his role in the movie will be, and on whose side he will be on. These questions, however, have just been answered in a recent interview which included Boseman. WARNING: This article will contain spoilers for “Captain America: Civil War”. Read on to learn more about T’Challa, his role in “Civil War”, and to learn more about the character.
Ever since, the Black Panther has been an enigmatic yet powerful figure in the MARVEL Universe.
T’Challa, the real name of the Panther, is the current leader of the African fictional nation of Wakanda, a technologically advanced nation, which also houses the world’s biggest supply of vibranium. It is a metal that is more popularly known for being the element that Captain America’s shield is made out of.
As ruler of Wakanda, the Black Panther, in the comics, is often neutral and usually sides with the side that will benefit his nation.
He is also a member of the “Illuminati,” a secret group comprised of the MARVEL Universe’s key leaders and figures such as “Doctor Strange,” “Professor X,” “Mr. Fantastic,” “Iron Man,” “Namor” and the “Inhuman Black Bolt.”
Due to the fact that the Black Panther is quite a figure in the MARVEL Universe, fans of the comics and of the films are anxious to see how the movie version of T’Challa will hold up to his comic book counterpart, and are anxious to see which side he will take in “Civil War.”
Thankfully, Entertainment Weekly managed to sit down with actor Chadwick Boseman and one of the film’s executive producers, Nate Moore, in order to talk about the Black Panther as he will be seen in the film.
According to Moore, the Black Panther is the only character who will try to remain neutral and mentioned how the entire conflict between Captain America (Chris Evans) and Tony Stark or Iron Man (Robert Downey,Jr.). It will bring Wakanda and T’Challa out of their relative silence and neutrality.
In the trailer, it is shown that he is running after Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), and also managed to deliver a roundhouse kick on the Winter Soldier. It makes it seem that Bucky did something that ended up harming someone important from Wakanda, most likely T’Challa’s father.
However, Boseman stated that audiences will not really be able to guess on whose side he is truly on, and mentioned that at the end of the day, the main force that drives each of the main players in this conflict is really based on their own selfish motives, instead of grander and higher ideals.
Boseman also talked a little bit more about T’Challa as a person, and mentioned how he is the type to just do what he has to do without any lighthearted quips, and said that he’s a maverick, but tries to stick to tradition and tries to live up to his father’s legacy. After all, the title of the Black Panther is something handed down generation after generation.
Moore also warns fans of the comics to not expect Black Panther to be the wise leader that everyone is accustomed to in the comics, as T’Challa in the film is still young and is a little bit “more fiery” than he usually is.
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