It took 13 movies to do it, but Marvel is finally giving Black Panther the debut he deserves in next year’s Captain America: Civil War. And although it looks like he’s chosen sides with Tony Stark, his involvement in the story is much more complicated.
In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, actor Chadwick Boseman, who won the role of Black Panther last year, revealed the character’s motivations in Civil War, and how he’ll factor in to the overall story. Like Captain America, Black Panther exhibits a fierce loyalty to his country and to those he cares about, and a seriousness that’s opposed to the personality of someone like Tony Stark.
“He’s definitely not the life of the party in this instance,” Boseman said. “I think this is something true of the comic book character and the movie. You never quite know where he stands. There’s always a bit of concealing and mystery. So I think mysterious is more his boat.”
The biggest mystery is why Black Panther gets involved in the first place. In the recent trailer for Captain America: Civil War, he just kind of appears, and we’re led to believe he’s not friendly to the cause of Captain America—and especially not friendly to Cap’s buddy, Winter Soldier.
According to Nate Moore, executive producer of Civil War, Black Panther is someone who has an agenda that doesn’t exactly line up with Cap’s or Iron Man’s. “I think that brings him into conflict weirdly with both characters at different times in the film,” Moore explained. “He is the prince of [Wakanda] that has so far stayed very much sort of in the shadows.”
From what we can glean from the trailers, it appears as though Winter Soldier is being set up for a crime, which might involve the murder of Black Panther’s dad. That’s just speculation on our part, but that’s how the filmmakers might write Black Panther into the Civil War story, and why his motivations don’t exactly line up with Captain America’s or Iron Man’s.
Entertainment Weekly goes into much more detail about the character of Black Panther, and also poses the question of who would win in a fight between him and Cap.
“I have to back myself,” Boseman said.