When Chadwick Boseman makes his debut as Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War, he'll do so with the entire weight of T'Challa's history in mind - even if most of it won't make it to the screen just yet. Even though Boseman is drawing influence from some of the biggest names to work on Black Panther, Civil War won't delve too deeply into the nation of Wakanda, or T'Challa's origin story.
“No, sorry,” Boseman told Nerdist. “I know you thought you were because of Age of Ultron, but… it’s not happening.”
Likewise, T'Challa enters the scene already a hero in his own right.
“You meet me as the Prince of Wakanda,” Boseman revealed. “You meet me as a politician/monarch, not as a superhero,” though he was quick to clarify, “It’s not necessarily a transformation. I am just thrown into the mix. To answer your question, yes, I am already Black Panther.”
Boseman also namedropped some heavy hitters from Black Panther's creative past, saying he's taking influence from everyone from Jack Kirby to Christopher Priest.
“[Jack] Kirby, Stan Lee, Christopher Priest—all of the writers have come up with different aspects of who he is,” Boseman explained. “So you could take different things from each one, and they don’t contradict each other necessarily. The principals and essence of who he is are still there. He’s a little cooler in some of them. In Christopher Priest’s version, he doesn’t trust anybody; you know what I’m saying? All of it is good stuff to use. There’s a sense of him searching for himself in some of the ones in the ’80s, which I think is really good. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I think a lot of those things are good things to put into a movie.”
One thing that will be in the film is T'Challa's accent. Boseman reportedly based his accent for the character on a regional dialect based on the fictional location of Wakanda in the Marvel Universe. And while Wakanda won't show up yet, you can count on it for Black Panther's 2018 solo film - even if Boseman couldn't reveal where in the timeline of the Marvel Cinematic Universe the film would take place.
Captain America: Civil War hits theaters May 6, while Black Panther is scheduled for a February 16, 2018 release.