Kevin Feige Talks About Casting Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther in ‘Captain America: Civil War’

By April 20, 2016

Ever since he was announced to be in the film several years ago, playing the beloved characters, fans and moviegoers have been impatiently awaiting Chadwick Boseman’s introduction into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as T’Challa/Black Panther. Having seen the film now myself as well, I think I can say with some certainty that fans will not be disappointed with the film’s iteration of the character.

It turns out too, the Marvel creative team only ever looked at Boseman for the role as well.

During the recent Los Angeles Press Conference for the film as well, Marvel head honcho, Kevin Feige, spoke about what it was like casting Boseman in the role:

“It was relatively early on in the development process of the movie that Joe and Anthony and our screenwriters Christopher [Markus] and Stephen [McFeely] thought it would be very valuable to have people that weren’t quite as invested. We wanted somebody who perhaps was invested, but didn’t have allegiances to any one side, who was essentially in it for very personal reasons himself.

We knew we wanted to make a Black Panther movie at some point, but at that time, we weren’t sure exactly when that would be. But as these discussions were going on, we thought, “I think we’re going to bring Black Panther into this movie.” I’m not kidding when I say Chadwick was the only choice — his performance in ’42,’ his performance in ‘Get on Up,’ and how different those performances are.

My memory is we called him on the conference room speaker when we were developing the movie, and got him while he was somewhere in Switzerland or something at a premiere for “Get on Up,” and he was in his car, either about to get out, or had just gotten back in. And we said, ‘Have you ever heard of the Black Panther?’ And he went, ‘Yes. Yes. Why are you asking me that?’ And we said, ‘Do you want to play the part?’ And he was very excited, and it happened very, very quickly.”

Driven into the central conflict by his own, personal reasons, Boseman’s T’Challa is a fairly faithful adaptation of the comic book character, and he’s one of several, emotional anchors in the film. Filled to the brim with rage, he’s unlike any other character in the MCU to date. The fact that his costume is one of the best as well, is just icing on the cake.

Captain America: Civil War is set to hit theatres on May 6th.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable