Chadwick Boseman Talks BLACK PANTHER Intro in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR Not Being His Origin Story and More

Actor Chadwick Boseman is being introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR as T'Challa, a.k.a. the Black Panther, Prince of Wakanda. During a set visit last summer to Atlanta, ScreenRant spoke with the actor about his highly anticipated super hero role.

Even though Black Panther is getting his big intro into the MCU in Civil War, it is not his origin story.

"I’m just kind of thrown into the middle. It’s definitely not an origin story, no. It’s not an origin story. You meet me as the Prince of Wakanda. You meet me as a politician/monarch, not as a superhero... [but] yes, I am already a Black Panther – a Black Panther, yeah."

What about his powers and/or abilities?

"I can’t say, if you’re talking about his abilities. He’s not the strongest, you know what I’m saying? He’s not necessarily the fastest, but he’s strong and he’s fast. He has a wit, a wisdom and a plan – an overarching plan – that a lot of times you don’t necessarily see. So it’s his strategy during a fight or during a battle..."

Boseman, then, discussed his role in his home (fictional) country of Wakanda.

"...[H]e’s a ruler of a country... I wouldn’t even call him a superhero. In the mythology of the country, he’s not a superhero. He’s a warrior, and it’s part of their tradition."

What about his involvement in Civil War?

"...He sees both sides. It’s necessary to stop crime and to protect your country. He understands that, because that’s what he has to do. But there’s a way to do it that is the best way. Like if it was the Art of War, it would be like, how can you inflict less pain? How can fewer people die and still win the war? He’s a tactician. He’s a strategist, so he appreciates that thought process. So it’s both sides."

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR releases on May 6 and Boseman will star in his own solo BLACK PANTHER movie when it hits theaters on February 16, 2018.

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