WALK LIKE A PAN­THER

There’s a new hero in town…

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Captain America Civil War -

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.”

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