Black Panther's Chadwick Boseman on bringing a darker, more nuanced approach to the Marvel formula

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Sep 7, 2016

Sure, Captain America: Civil War was awesome for a lot of reasons — but the introduction of Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther was certainly near the top of the list. So, how do they plan on following up that success with a standalone film?

In a chat with Comic Book Resources, Boseman said they’ll be taking  “grittier” tone than the typical Marvel Cinematic Universe fare, while also doubling down on the nuance inherent with a superhero who is also serving as king of an entire nation. We’ve already heard the film will be tapping into some of the vibe from Ta-Nehisi Coates’ acclaimed Black Panther comic, which should certainly set the film apart from the rest of the slate.

Here’s an excerpt from his comments:

“It’s funny, because 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…

A few people have said to me, ‘I thought you were a villain at first.’ They didn’t have the prior history of the character. And they enjoyed that. They thought I was going to end up being a villain [in Captain America: Civil War]. That’s telling to me. I feel like it’s a good thing that we were able to create that context where he’s going after things for his own reasons, not necessarily good or bad, but ultimately that you can create something that is universally good — that merciful aspect — I think is a good thing for the character.”

Black Panther opens July 6, 2018.

(Via Comic Book Resources)

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