Chadwick Boseman Explains Why ‘Black Panther’ Is Very, Very Important

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is growing at such an exponential rate that it’s hard to keep track of the films that are on the horizon.

One of the most anticipated blockbusters that Marvel currently has in the pipeline is the first solo outing for Black Panther, which is set to be a hugely important film for both the MCU and Hollywood in general. Something that its star Chadwick Boseman is more than aware of.

Boseman talked about why Black Panther is “going to be a big deal” to Comic Book Resources while at the San Diego Comic-Con last month, admitting that he’s currently feeding off this “energy” ahead of its production.

“I feel the energy,” Boseman remarked. “The image itself opens people’s minds up. You can talk about it all you want, you can have it in a comic book, you can even do an animated series, but when you see real people doing it, it changes something inside of you.”

“It’s going to be a big deal because there’s not just Black people or people of African descent that want to see it, I think everybody wants to see it. That’s the beautiful thing. I truly believe there are more people who want to see it than don’t want to see it, especially after being here.”

We’ve already had our first peak at Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther/T’Challa, which came when Captain America: Civil War was released earlier this summer. It was quite an arc and debut for the burgeoning superhero, too, as he was thrown right into the thick of the action.

After T’Challa’s father, King T’Chaka of Wakanda, is killed at a conference in Vienna where the Sokovia Accords that divides Iron Man and Captain America is about to be signed, and seeing video footage that indicates the Winter Soldier was the murderer, T’Challa sets out as Black Panther to avenge this death.

This sees Black Panther team up alongside Iron Man, as well as Spider-Man, Black Widow, Vision, War Machine, to try and get his hands of Winter Soldier, but along the way he learns that the real culprit was Daniel Bruhl’s Helmut Zemo. Rather than killing Zemo, though, Black Panther imprisons him, as he doesn’t want to allow his pursuit of vengeance to completely consume him as that’s what has happened to the Avengers.

That’s some rather dark and morbid content. But that’s set to just be the beginning, though, as during the same interview Chadwick Boseman admitted that Black Panther will be “grittier” than its Marvel peers.

At first, Boseman admitted, “It’s funny, because on one hand, the Marvel movies that I’ve liked the most are the ones that are funny. I love Ant-Man.”

But then he added, “But for me, most of the time the darker superhero movies are the ones that I gravitate towards, that I love the most. So I’m glad that I’m not in an Ant-Man. I’m glad that the tone of [Black Panther] may be a little grittier. I just wanted to establish that from the beginning, that that’s what we were doing. That that’s what I intend to do. I feel like we’ll end up in a place that I’ve always wanted to be when I look at superhero movies. Those are the ones I like the most. It’s exciting to do that.”

We’ll finally get to see Black Panther when it’s released in cinemas on February 18, 2018, with Chadwick Boseman starring alongside Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, and Danai Gurira.

[Image via Marvel Studios]

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