Fresh off the release of the posters and trailer for Captain America: Civil War comes the debut of a couple of new images and some insights on the MCU’s newest character the Black Panther. When it was first announced that the Wakandian Prince would make his MCU debut in Civil War, it wasn’t clear who he would align himself with. But concept art appeared to show that he sided with Iron Man, which was supported by the fact that he kicked Bucky aka The Winter Soldier in the face and that he was also running away from Captain America in the first trailer.
Now is allegiance to Iron Man is starting to look shaky. In an interview with EW, actor Chadwick Boseman reveals that there is a bit of mystery behind Black Panther, and that he hasn’t made up his mind about either side. Check out what he had to say about Black Panther’s role in Civil War below.
Not really sure how Black Panther meowing or saying that a “real housewife would envy” his retractable claws helps us get excited about seeing the character make his big screen debut, when it sounds more like a huge disservice, but I digress.
Boseman talks about the cinematic Black Panther will stay true to his comic book counterpart:
“Heâ€™s definitely not the life of the party in this instance. I think this is something true of the comic book character and the movie. You never quite know where he stands. Thereâ€™s always a bit of concealing and mystery. So I think mysterious is more his boat. Not to say thereâ€™s not charm and he canâ€™t be a ladiesâ€™ man and all that. Itâ€™s more like if there is humor, itâ€™s more like James Bond.”
But apparently there will be some differences between the film character and the comic book character. For one thing, the Black Panther in the comics is older and much more experienced at being a hero and protector than his fellow Avengers, but in the film, executive producer Nate Moore calls Tâ€™Challa a “little bit more fiery” than he was written in the comics. He adds “heâ€™s very much in the nascent stages of being a hero.” Boseman offered a little bit more on the character, and how he wants to live up to his father’s legacy and the legacy of the entire nation of Wakanda:
“There definitely is a sort of tradition that heâ€™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 thereâ€™s perhaps a bit of a maverick there, and then thereâ€™s also a need to live up to traditions and his fatherâ€™s legacy. And not even his fatherâ€™s legacy, but the entire nation of Wakanda. I think those are the things you will see.”
Moore then talked about how Tâ€™Challa is the â€œthe undecided voterâ€ in Civil War:
â€œHeâ€™s someone who hasnâ€™t necessarily made up his mind about either side and whose agenda isnâ€™t exactly what Capâ€™s agenda or what Tonyâ€™s agenda is. 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.â€
One of Wakanda’s greatest resources is the rare vibranium metal that we first heard of in Captain America: The First Avenger and saw in its raw form in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Co-director Joe Russo then reveals that Black Pantherâ€™s outfit is not actually cloth, but made of one of the strongest metals in the MCU: vibranium. Anthony chimed: â€œItâ€™s like medieval chain mail, woven extremely thin. Itâ€™s not comparable to any other costumes in the universe.â€
Marvelâ€™s â€œCaptain America: Civil Warâ€ finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two campsâ€”one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Starkâ€™s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability. Get ready to pick a side and join the nonstop action playing out on two fronts when Marvelâ€™s â€œCaptain America: Civil Warâ€ opens in U.S. theaters on May 6, 2016.