Black Panther: How Chadwick Boseman Was Cast as Wakanda's King

Irene MckinneyFeb 07, 2018

The film is released in the United Kingdom and Ireland on February 13.

Overall, Black Panther ranks as the sixth-longest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far, falling behind Captain America: Civil War (148 minutes), Age of Ultron (144 minutes), The Avengers (143 minutes), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (138 minutes), and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (136 minutes).

But we also get to see how Black Panther uses some of those comic book themes as a reflection of today.

There's an all-star line-up which includes Chadwick Boseman, Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke and John Kani. We were coming up with the story for [Captain America] Civil War [when] Nate Moore, our executive producer, suggested bringing in Black Panther because we were looking for a third party that wouldn't necessarily side with Cap or Iron Man.

The director Ryan Coogler (Creed) and a charismatic cast led by Chadwick Boseman (as Black Panther) and Lupita Nyong'o (as secret agent Nakia) turn racial clichés on their head and drag in some heavy Shakespearean conflict to create a vivid yarn that's entirely new, frequently startling and, at every step along the way, all Marvel. Boseman, who plays the titular role of Wakanda king T'Challa aka Black Panther, believes the character has an aura of James Bond around it that makes it ever more interesting.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has expanded once again, this time to the borders of the fictional African state Wakanda. "It's gripping, funny, and full of spectacle, but it also feels like a turning point, one where the studio has finally recognized that its movies can be about more than just selling the next installment".

While conventional wisdom would expect some form of world-threatening destruction in a superhero film, Black Panther wisely eschews the trappings of tropes for a deeper pondering unlike anything yet seen in this genre. Audiences have always liked their superheroes to at least believe in their fantasy world as much as we have to. Andy Serkis lets loose as Ulysses Klaue, being as maniacal as he can get without motion capture - a welcome change for the talented actor who isn't seen too often on camera.

"Black Panther is consistently propelled by tonal and thematic flourishes that break with the conventions that have defined this lucrative franchise".

If you are one of those curious stumbling in to know if Black Panther is as solid an adaptation as the other MCU movies, the answer is a resounding yes.

Snipes recently revealed that Blade came about after he had tried and failed to get Black Panther on to the screen.

Black Panther opens February 16 in theaters.

T'Challa's chief adversary is Erik Stevens, known as Killmonger (an electrifying Michael B Jordan). What's really exciting about this is if I can project my humanity onto people who don't look like me, from cultures that aren't like mine, why on earth shouldn't it be the same in reverse?

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