With Captain America: Civil War arriving in less than a week, Marvel’s Cinematic Universe is getting ready to burst at the seams. The upcoming superhero feature will highlight old favorites from the MCU, as well as introduce fan favorites who’ve only been teased up until this point. One such hero is King T’Challa or Black Panther, who’ll play an important role in the super-powered throw-down.
In order to play the Wakandan champion, Chadwick Boseman had to bone up on his real and fictional African lore. He also used an earlier film as the testing ground to lock down his accent in Civil War.
On a recent episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, Boseman (Gods of Egypt) stopped by to discuss the upcoming MCU-rending film (check out the clip above). In preparation for the role, the actor says he developed his accent while playing a South African immigrant in the independent film, Message from the King. For the film, Boseman developed a “Xhosa accent and sort of just built off of that with … the sanctioned Marvel coach.”
Boseman also shared an exclusive clip (watch it below) from Captain America: Civil War. In the action-packed sequence, Black Panther trades blows with the Winter Soldier, Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan). The clip highlights Black Panther’s killer new look, as well as his fearsome fighting style and razor-sharp claws. The sequence also features an amazing leap, as Captain America bridges a major distance to come to his pal’s aid. Despite Jimmy Kimmel’s gag about Boseman not being in the suit during the fight, the scene is a great first look at Boseman bringing the Wakandan hero come to life.
From the looks of his initial fight scene, Black Panther’s introduction in Civil War will be a great prep for fans looking forward to the upcoming Ryan Coogler-helmed (Creed) Black Panther standalone. Before Spider-Man was a lock, Black Panther’s role was originally limited to a non-costumed diplomatic role as King T’Challa. The King of Wakanda is supposedly one of the major supporters of superhero accountability, jumpstarting the Sokovia Accords in the film. Clearly we see him working alongside Iron Man (and fighting Bucky), so at one point, he’s very in favor of the Superhero Registration Act.
However, much like Spider-Man in the Civil War story arc, Black Panther will supposedly act as a mediator during the super-powered conflict. No matter what role T’Challa plays in the film, Boseman’s Black Panther is looking sharp (pun sort of intended) in the clip. And, since his one-off film is rumored to have an impact on the coming Infinity War, his role in Civil War will be a great intro to this classic Marvel character.
Captain America: Civil War will release on May 6, 2016, followed by Doctor Strange– November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1– May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on May 1, July 10 and November 6, 2020.
Source: Jimmy Kimmel Live, Marvel