The Russo Brothers Talk About Bringing Black Panther To The Big Screen

Captain America: Civil War is focused on the big brawl between Team Cap and Team Iron Man, thus it places the two Marvel heroes on the spotlight. However, another character who's stealing the show is Black Panther, specifically Chadwick Boseman's portrayal of the ruler of Wakanda.

During Wednesday night's red carpet premiere of Civil War, directors Joe and Anthony Russo told PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly how they loved the cast of the massive production, most particularly Boseman, while shooting.

Joe Russo explained:

I love these characters. I love this storytelling. It's a dream job to being work on these movies and with Marvel with people that we love, actors that we love.
Black Panther is so revered. It's his first time on screen. We put so much pressure on ourselves. I think more pressure for that character alone than we did anything in the movie just because as a comic book fan I thought it was so important to get the interpretation of that character right.

Despite the challenges, obviously putting pressure on making Black Panther perfect on the big screen paid off. Boseman's dedication to the role was also a big factor to the success of the character's debut in the MCU and the silver screen.

Anthony Russo said:

You can see from the other roles that he's done that he builds a character from a very deep place. Like what he did with Panther in this movie was remarkable. He has a martial arts history that he himself was able to use and incorporate into how the character moved.
[It] was based upon influences around where the fictional country exists in Africa and he basically stayed in that accent throughout the entire shoot so that he wouldn't lose it. Even when he was off camera he would speak in that accent.

Want to know more about T'Challa? See the first episode of Marvel's new video series about Civil War's pivotal character here.

Captain America: Civil War hits U.S. theaters tomorrow, May 6. Meanwhile, the Black Panther standalone film is slated for release on July 6, 2018.

You can also check out our review of the film here.

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