These past few weeks have seen the Warner Bros and Marvel Studios attempts at one-upmanship starting in earnest. From WB unveiling the starring cast of Wonder Woman the same weekend as Jessica Jones’ debut, to Marvel then rolling out the first trailer for Captain America: Civil War on Jimmy Kimmel the following week, to WB then pushing out a trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice on the same program one week later (tonight). And now today, Marvel has the feature story in Entertainment Weekly for Civil War, with a big focus on the debuting Black Panther.
I’m sure it’s mostly coincidental, this timing, but it’s quite the onslaught.
While Civil War graces the cover of the magazine, inside, they spoke with Chadwick Boseman about the newest Marvel superhero and how he gets involved in this massive struggle between Steve Rogers and Tony Stark and how it relates to the Wakandan prince’s personal history:
There definitely is a sort of tradition that he’s torn between, in terms of how things were done in the past and how things need to happen now in this new world. I think there’s perhaps a bit of a maverick there, and then there’s also a need to live up to traditions and his father’s legacy. And not even his father’s legacy, but the entire nation of Wakanda. I think those are the things you will see.
According to their report, Black Panther will mostly be sidled up with Iron Man, as T’Challa has some significant issues with Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier, though that allegiance is in flux. Cap himself, Chris Evans adds that while T’Challa’s loyalty may be a running concern throughout the film, he does think that the character has some striking personality similarities to Rogers:
I love our scenes together because I do think they feel a sense of responsibility. I think they’re both very selfless people. They want the right thing, no one’s irrational, no one has an inflated ego.
Executive Producer of the film, Nate Moore elaborates further on this matter:
He’s someone who hasn’t necessarily made up his mind about either side and whose agenda isn’t exactly what Cap’s agenda or what Tony’s agenda is. And I think that brings him into conflict weirdly with both characters at different times in the film. He is the prince of an African nation that has so far stayed very much sort of in the shadows. And eventually the film will draw him and his father out of the shadows.
Oh, and his suit is made up of vibranium, just like Cap’s shield. Now, if we can just find out what Spidey is up to!
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