Marvel producer Nate Moore says that they are happy to get T’Challa’s origins story out of the way, giving them more time to dive deep into the interesting bits of his story in Black Panther. The character of T’Challa, played by Chadwick Boseman, made the jump from the pages of the comic books to the big screen in last year’s Captain America: Civil War.
On top of being successfully introduced in Cap 3, T’Challa also played a pivotal part in the conflict between Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain America (Steve Rogers). He was the third entity that drove the story further than just Tony and Steve butting heads. Along the way, he also had a journey of his own by coming to terms of the responsibilities of not just being Black Panther, but also King of Wakanda. In the mid-credits tag of Civil War, we see him back on his home turf teasing a bit of what can be expected from his standalone movie. And just as fans were excited to see more of him, Moore shares that folks are Marvel are just as excited in telling the character’s story.
In an interview with Complex, Moore talks a bit about what the McGuffin of T’Challa’s story will be in next year’s Black Panther. And without going much into specifics, he says that a lot of the major plot points from the film will be about him dealing with the consequences of the events in Civil War.
“What’s great is that people have already met Chadwick [Boseman] in Civil War, so now we get to jump in feet first without having to tell a more traditional origin story. We meet him as his world is changing. Black Panther takes place right after the events of Civil War, so T’Challa’s father has just been killed, he has returned home to Wakanda, and T’Challa has to navigate potentially becoming the new ruler of this nation. He never intended to become the king for years because he figured his dad would be around for a long time. T’Chaka’s death is, in a lot of ways, the catalyst for everything that’s happening in Black Panther.”
Directors Joe and Anthony Russo together with screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely did a great job in intricately weaving T’Challa’s own version of an origin story into Civil War. In the threequel, we saw him becoming Black Panther and King of Wakanda, in his upcoming solo film, we will see him being Black Panther and the true leader of his people. We can also expect that there will be some political friction brought about by his decision to nest tagged vigilantes in Steve and Bucky (Sebastian Stan).
Black Panther will continue the tropes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe treading the political arena. Civil War and Iron Man 2 had superheroes (Cap and Tony respectively) and the government on opposite sides of the spectrum creating conflicts that eventually had repercussions. But just what would happen if both the superhero and the government are just a single entity like T’Challa?
There is a lot to be excited about in Black Panther. The film is helmed by acclaimed director Ryan Coogler and the cast sheet is chock full of talent. The narrative is significantly different from what we have seen before in terms of the thriving superhero film genre.
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