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Although our friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man predominately stole the show in Captain America: Civil War, Chadwick Boseman’s mysterious Black Panther was also a highlight. Despite the character making his debut in Civil War, it shouldn’t be treated as his origin story. That is expected in the 2018 solo movie, simply titled, Black Panther.
Speaking to Yahoo Movies, Boseman teased how deep the origin story will be in Black Panther. He said:
“If you saw the tease at the end [of Civil War] in Wakanda, that’s more mystery there so I think there’s a lot to reveal about the character.
“There is definitely more of his origin in Black Panther. You’re going to learn about Wakanda, its culture, its traditions, the past. You can go through all the comic-books and know that there’s more Panthers that have existed in the past – that’s origin.”
It is interesting to note then that we may see earlier Black Panthers in the solo movie. Civil War touched briefly on the hereditary nature of the Black Panther title, but that will no doubt need reinforcing in the solo movie. It would be safe to assume that there will be flashbacks to the first chief of the Panther tribe in Wakanda that was granted the title.
Baseman’s character, T’Challa, may have inherited the title during the course of Civil War, but Boseman himself nearly missed the Black Panther gig altogether. He told Yahoo Movies:
“I was doing a film festival in Zurich, and I when I got the call [from Marvel], I was actually on the red carpet. My agent called me and the funny thing was, I didn’t have my international calling on until that day. That same day I got that call from my agent saying ‘you need to answer your phone in five minutes’ and I said ‘I can’t, because I’m on the red carpet!’“So as soon as I got off the carpet, I was riding in the car having this phone call with Marvel where they were basically saying ‘Hey, we heard you’re interested in this character’ – and they didn’t even say who the character was, that’s how they did it – and they said ‘if you’re interested in that character, we want to bring the character to life, are you interested in doing it?’
“And I said, ‘if it’s who I think you’re talking about, yes! Yes, I would love to do it.’”
Thank goodness he took the call.
Black Panther releases on February 9th, 2017 and stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, and Danai Gurira.
Image: Marvel (Walt Disney Co.)