It ain't easy being king in latest Black Panther featurette

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Jan 11, 2018, 2:22 PM EST

The subjects of a kingdom say "Long live the king," but that's easier said than done. Being ruler is a hard job and there's no guarantee you'll do right by your people or be universally-loved by them.

If the latter isn't true, then the "long live" part could be a farce. It's the challenge that awaits Chadwick Boseman's King T'Challa in Marvel Studios' Black Panther (in theaters February 16). 

In a new featurette (below), titled "Good to Be King," Boseman talks about the enormous burden his character has, a duty to rule as well as one to protect

"There's certainly been a lot of excitement about the opportunity to do a standalone Black Panther based upon the way the character was set up in Civil War," says the actor. "In Civil War, he's lost his father. [Coming] into this movie, you see him actually deal with the responsibility of becoming the new king ... The amount of responsibility that he has as a super hero and as a king, to me, that's one of the most fun things."


Is it good to be king, though? In the film, T'Challa will have to face off against those who see King T'Chaka's death as a way to assert themselves and overthrow the current regime. The Panther's got Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) and Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) to deal with along with the renegade Jabari mountain tribe led by M'Baku (Winston Duke).

With all this upheaval going on, it's hard for Wakanda, the most technologically-advanced nation in the world, to keep a low profile. 

"The big function of how Wakanda works is staying out of the spotlight, staying in the shadows," says director Ryan Coogler

You can watch Boseman ascend to the throne and lead an entire country on February 16.