Having made his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Captain America: Civil War (which is out today on Blu-ray and DVD here in the UK!), Chadwick Boseman is gearing up to reprise the role of T’Challa for 2018’s Black Panther movie. The actor has been chatting to CBR about the film, suggesting it will have a “grittier” tone to what we’ve come to expect from the MCU.
“It’s funny, because on one hand, the Marvel movies that I’ve liked the most are the ones that are funny,” states Boseman. “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.”
Boseman also touched a little on T’Challa’s character progression from Civil War, now that he finds himself King of Wakanda: “I feel like you get a chance to see that he’s not going to be a selfish ruler. He’s not going to be a dictator. He’s not going to be a person that does things purely for his own gain. That he does have a heroic aspect at the heart of a hero; of a leader. You can pull for him, because he’s merciful. And it leaves room also for him to do things that are not necessarily perfect.”
Black Panther is set for release on February 16th 2018, with Ryan Coogler (Creed) directing a cast that also includes Lupita Nyong’o (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as Nakia, Michael B. Jordan (Fantastic Four) as Erik Killmonger and Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead) as Okoye.
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