SDCC 2016 Exclusive: Chadwick Boseman Talks ‘Black Panther’ And ‘Civil War’

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SDCC 2016 Exclusive: Chadwick Boseman Talks ‘Civil War’ Blu-ray And ‘Black Panther’ 
Posted by Wilson Morales

July 29, 2016

Chadwick Boseman at SDCC 2016

Among the highlights of San Diego Comic Con 2016 was seeing the initial cast of Marvel’s Black Panther being presented in Hall H during Marvel’s panel airtime. Coming out on stage for the first time was director Ryan Cooler, Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o and its newest cast member Danai Gurira.

Although Black Panther won’t hit theaters until February 2, 2018 and won’t start production until early 2017, Boseman had the opportunity to show the world what he will bring to the table as Black Panther when his character T’Challa made his MCU debut in Captain America: Civil War.

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In the wake of collateral damage, government pressure to rein in the Avengers drives a deep wedge between Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), causing a catastrophic rift that escalates into an all-out feud. Against a backdrop of divided loyalties, their fellow Avengers must deal with the fallout.

In the midst of picking sides, Black Panther was introduce to  audiences and Boseman’s performance was among the many attributes that made the film the fifth-biggest domestic opening of all time—and earning a 90% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” arrives on Digital HD, Digital 3D and Disney Movies Anywhere on Sept. 2 and on Blu-ray™ 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on Sept. 13.

In speaking exclusively with Blackfilm.com, Boseman talked about his introduction in ‘Civil War,’ what scene stood out for him and preparing for the stand alone film with the help of his fellow actors.

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Can you talk about making your first appearance in Captain America: Civil War?

Chadwick Boseman: When I first read the script, it felt like an Avengers movie. It felt huge and at the same time, I felt it was a good thing because I didn’t know if everyone knew who Black Panther was. There is a strong base of fans who want to see that movie happen but I felt it was a good thing to introduce the character to more people before the stand alone film came out.

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Was it easier for you to be shown in a smaller capacity before doing a bigger film?

CB: I think it makes it easier and hard at the same time. While, on one hand, you don’t have to carry the movie, on the hand, you have less time on screen to establish the relationship with the father for instance. There wasn’t a lot of time to convey the loss and the passion to avenge his death; and also the heritage that keeps him from doing that. I think all of those things are difficult to convey in the amount of screen time that he had; and then also to convey Panthers prowess – his ability as a fighter and as a leader. You don’t have to carry the movie but there is a lot to do. I think we were cognizant of how difficult that would be.

How was coming on the set as the newest member of this growing franchise?

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CB: To be honest with you, everybody was welcoming in terms of them saying something to me to let me know that they too had a first time at one point as well. They made time to talk and not even about the project. Donnie (Don Cheadle) was helpful, Mackie was certainly helpful, Chris Evans was definitely helpful. It was a welcoming experience and you just enjoy working with the people.

How much did you prepare for the role? What sort of physical regiment did you go through?

CB: Fight training, physical conditioning, weightlifting and running and everything you can possibly do and I still continue to do that. Now for the solo and even more so now as we get deeper into it.

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There were so many good scenes in ‘Civil War.’ What stood out for you?

CB: I loved the Tony Stark moment when he was a kid. Just the flashbacks of him and his parents and how they made him look young with special effects. I loved those scenes and that arc because it’s the turn of the movie that you don’t expect. That his parents had been killed by Winter Soldier. To me, and I’m always into the larger movie, I loved that initial scene and the fact that it’s a virtual reality. It catches you off guard at the end of the movie.

As you came to Comic-Con, were you prepare to answer as many questions about Black Panther? These fans really know their stuff.

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CB: I read all the writers for Black Panther before doing the movie. I can’t say that I read every comic book but I read close to every one of them. There may be one that I didn’t read. I’m not going to say that I know all of them. But we’ve been given really good resources. We have Marvel to give us the comic books so it’s just about reading them. I don’t read everyone’s comic books. I haven’t read all of the Spider-Man or all of the Iron Mans and Captain Americas that have been written. That would be counter productive and intellectual greed to a certain degree. There are so many things outside of the comic books and outside Black Panther that inform Black Panther that you should actually go to before you start doing that.

The fans went nuts as they saw you on stage in Hall H with the Black Panther cast so far with Michael (B. Jordan), Lupita (Nyong’o) and Danai Gurira. Can you talk about the excitement of working together?

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 23: (L-R) Director Ryan Coogler, actors Danai Gurira, Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong'o and Michael B. Jordan from Marvel Studios’ "Black Panther” attend the San Diego Comic-Con International 2016 Marvel Panel in Hall H on July 23, 2016 in San Diego, California. ©Marvel Studios 2016 (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** Ryan Coogler; Danai Gurira; Chadwick Boseman; Lupita Nyong'o; Michael B. Jordan

SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 23: (L-R) Director Ryan Coogler, actors Danai Gurira, Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o and Michael B. Jordan from Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” attend the San Diego Comic-Con International 2016 Marvel Panel in Hall H on July 23, 2016 in San Diego, California. ©Marvel Studios 2016 (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** Ryan Coogler; Danai Gurira; Chadwick Boseman; Lupita Nyong’o; Michael B. Jordan

CB: I’ve known all of them for years. Knowing them is not a new thing. That’s one of the things about being a Black actor. You don’t necessarily all get to exist in the same place or same space a lot of times. There’s not enough room. Michael would have his movie and I would have mine. There aren’t enough moments where we can interact in the same space and very often people would put us up against each other. Me and Nate (Parker) or Michael against each other; and when we would see each other, we’re cool with one another. It’s cool that this movie provides a space for that to happen and the same thing with the women. There will be other roles created for other black actors and for other white actors and Asian actors. That’s the beautiful thing about the movie. Wakanda has to exist in the context of the rest of the world so it’s just not going to be all black actors in the movie.

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You have ‘Marshall’ coming up, which was directed by Reginald Hudlin. In this small world, he also was a writer of Black Panther. Did he talk to you about that?

CB: We talked about everything. There’s a plethora of information within the Marvel family and he’s part of that. We talked about his comic books and the Kirby ones and what Ta-Nehisi is currently doing. We talk about all of it. It’s all connected. Why he did the animated series and everything else.


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