Last year's Captain America: Civil War was arguably one of the finest superhero films to date. And one of its many stand-out elements was the way that it effortlessly introduced both Tom Holland as Spider-Man and Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther.
Holland's first Spidey solo film, Homecoming, will be released next month, while Marvel's Black Panther—the first trailer of which has been released—is hitting theaters on February 16, 2018.
The character is actually T'Challa, the king of Wakanda, considered one of the most technologically advanced nations on Earth. Describes the film's distributor, Disney, "Marvel Studios’ Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life."
Black Panther director Ryan Coogler (who more recently directed the Rocky spin-off, Creed) in an interview with FastCompany, explained, "What Marvel’s doing, and what you see a lot of studios doing now that Marvel has done it so successfully, is making content that exists in a particular universe, where the characters tie in and crossover, and I think that’s a great creative challenge to me — to make this movie as personal as possible. It’s going to be my most personal movie to date, which is crazy to say, but it’s completely the case. I’m obsessed with this character and this story right now, and I think it’s going to be very unique and still fit into the overall narrative that they’re establishing."
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Speaking to Comic Book Resources, Boseman says, "On one hand, the Marvel movies that I've liked the most are the ones that are funny. I love Ant-Man. 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."
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