WALK LIKE A PANTHER
There’s a new hero in town…
First seen in the pages of Fantastic
Four # 52 in 1966, the Black Panther has the distinction of being the first black superhero in mainstream comics.
Captain America: Civil War brings T’Challa, champion of the secretive, uber- technological African kingdom of Wakanda, to the screen for the first time, as played by Chadwick Boseman.
“He’s a character with an incredibly passionate following,” Joe Russo tells
SFX. “Frankly, for that reason we felt more pressure with Black Panther than we did with Spider- Man! We put a lot of thought and energy into his fighting style, his movement style, who was going to be playing him, what was the right tone for the character, performance- wise. There’s a way that Chadwick plays him that’s unlike any other character in the Marvel Universe. There’s not a big personality to the character. He’s very restrained. He’s highly intelligent. He’s very thoughtful in what he says, and he’s very considered when he speaks. He’s essentially a quiet character, which is really interesting in contrast to Tony Stark, who rarely sees a quiet moment!”
Boseman will don the vibraniumlaced supersuit again in 2018 when the Panther headlines a solo screen adventure. “We’re very happy with where the character ended up,” says Joe Russo, “but it was an arduous process to bring him to life and to differentiate him and his fighting style from the other characters. We put a lot of thought and effort into that.”