‘Black Panther’ Star Chadwick Boseman Talks His Amazing New Role
At last week's big Marvel event, there were lots of things to be excited about, but the two biggest revelations were undoubtedly 'Captain Marvel' and 'Black Panther,' with the studio giving us a solo female superhero film and a film featuring a black superhero -- the latter to be played by Chadwick Boseman, who will hit the screen in 'Captain America: Civil War.' Boseman has been laying low since, but now he's making the rounds and speaking out about his recent casting. And although it's still years away, he promises that we haven't seen anything like what Marvel has in store with 'Black Panther.'
We won't get to see the 'Black Panther' film until 2017, but Chadwick Boseman will make his debut in 'Captain America: Civil War,' which hits theaters on May 6, 2016, and we got to glimpse some fantastic concept art of the character from last week's Marvel event. Boseman himself has been a bit quiet since then, but he recently spoke to Comic Book Resources about the reaction at the event and how even he is super pumped to get started with Marvel:
The reaction on stage at the El Capitan Theater was, like, amazing. Just to be there — the way that Marvel set it up and wanted to surprise people with it, it was one of the best surprises that I’ve ever been a part of….I’ve heard from a lot of my friends, and a lot of people I don’t know have congratulated me — but I’ve actually not heard a lot from other people because I went away. I tried to get away from everything just to ground myself. But it’s been amazing. I’m so excited! I’m ready to start right now, and they’re telling me, ‘Slow down a little bit!’
Boseman acknowledges that there have been other black superheroes on film before him, but teases that what Marvel is doing is something entirely different:
It’s been done before in different ways, but it’s never been done exactly like this. Wesley Snipes also had his own franchise — you have to acknowledge that. You have to acknowledge what [Anthony] Mackie’s doing [with the Falcon]. But this is a little different in the way that Marvel is presenting it, so it’s amazing.
His comments are vague, as expected, but still exciting, and he seems genuinely thrilled to be joining the Marvel crew. 'Black Panther' hits theaters on November 3, 2017.