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Chadwick Boseman Reveals More About Black Panther's Role for 'Captain America: Civil War'

Boseman discusses his role and the costume for the 2016 film.

Photo credit: EW/Marvel
Photo credit: EW/Marvel

This May, Captain America and Iron Man go to war with each other in Captain America: Civil War. One of the things comic book fans are truly excited about is the inclusion of Black Panther in this movie. While he's getting his own film in 2018, the next Captain America film will be the first time fans get to see him. During an interview with EW, the actor playing Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman, went a bit more in-depth into who this character is in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Black Panther is surrounded by big personalities that fans are very familiar with. According to Boseman, Panther will be more of a mystery with fewer one-liners.

You never quite know where he stands. There’s always a bit of concealing and mystery. So I think mysterious is more his boat. Not to say there’s not charm and he can’t be a ladies’ man and all that. It’s more like if there is humor, it’s more like James Bond.

Panther's outfit is made of vibranium, the same thing as Captain America's shield, which makes sense because the super-rare metal comes from Wakanda, where Panther originates from. Boseman got a bit more in-depth about the costume itself.

The vibranium is a metal that is dynamic. It can change how it’s used. It’s not a liquid, but it has the ability to change shape and change form and still have its strength. I think there a lot of things about that in the mythology that I think has a lot of potential in terms of the storytelling.

It’s not just about being durable, it has the ability to absorb energy. It’s not just like you hit it and it doesn’t take it. It has the ability to absorb the attack of another person and repel or respond to that attack. That’s part of the power.

Chris Evans said during the interview that both Steve Rogers and T'Challa [Black Panther] have a sense of responsibility and they're both selfless people. They're both trying to do what's right and want to protect their own first.

Executive producer Nate Moore explains that T'Challa hasn't made up his mind which side he's on when it comes to the Civil War.

He’s someone who hasn’t necessarily made up his mind about either side and whose agenda isn’t exactly what Cap’s agenda or what Tony’s agenda is. And I think that brings him into conflict weirdly with both characters at different times in the film. He is the prince of an African nation that has so far stayed very much sort of in the shadows. And eventually the film will draw him and his father out of the shadows.

Moore went on to say this is Black Panther in his younger years and there's more of a fire in his belly.

See Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War on May 6, 2016.