The focus of Captain America: Civil War may be the conflict between Team Cap and Team Iron Man, but the movie is also introducing viewers to two never-before-seen heroes in the MCU – Spider-Man and Black Panther.
While we’ve seen Spider-Man in past films not of the MCU, Civil War is the debut of Black Panther, a.k.a T’Challa, Prince of the fictional African nation, Wakanda. Comic book fans know fully well how important and pivotal Chadwick Boseman’s character is in the comics. Some fans even cried on the set of Civil Warthe first time they saw Boseman as Black Panther.
However, the same cannot be said for Marvel’s movie fans. Marvel knows fully well that some people are unaware of T’Challa’s history, so the studio has decided to unleash a video series (h/tEW) detailing the history of the king and protector of Wakanda.
Aside from Civil War and a Black Panther standalone film, Boseman’s character has also gotten his own comic series authored by National Book Award winner Ta-Nehisi Coates and illustrated by artist Brian Stelfreeze.
The video series is titled the same as Coates’ comic: Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet. In the first installment of the series, Coates makes commentaries about T’Challa’s unique history.
He says in the video:
T’Challa’s not just a scientist, he’s one of the ten smartest people on the planet Earth.
The nature of science is the pursuit of truth, which is in direct conflict with what kings and people who govern nations often have to do. He’s a great character.
I’m an old-school fan, you know? There was an interior heart to the character that I instantly connected to as soon as I started reading.
As a bonus to fans, Coates also teased previews of the difficulties that Black Panther has to go through in his Marvel story arc:
T’Challa’s dealing with the destruction of his country at the hands of Thanos and the Black Order. He’s dealing with flooding and inundation on a Biblical level, he’s dealing with the loss of his sister who has been presumably killed and he left behind.
The first job of the king is to protect the nation. That’s the first thing, and when the king can no longer protect the nation, what is the king? All of that is weighing on him personally. Emotions are strong and are taking over, but he has a plan.
Find out more about Black Panther in the video below:
Perhaps what makes Marvel’s movie Black Panther is its casting of Chadwick Boseman. I’ve seen Captain America: Civil War, and if there’s one thing that Marvel has gotten right, I’d have to say that it’s Boseman’s portrayal of the character as well as how the script managed to show the heart and soul of the character in the film. Also, in a recent interview, Boseman recalled several instances prior to his getting cast into the role where it seemed like he was given signs that he was really meant to play the Marvel hero.
Marvel will be releasing a new installment in the Black Panther video series each month.
Captain America: Civil War hits U.S. theaters on Friday, May 6. Meanwhile, the Black Panther solo film is slated for release on July 6, 2018.