When Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. walked onto the set of Captain America: Civil War, it was like old times. When Black Panther stepped out for the first time in costume, emotions were high.
When we visited the set of Captain America: Civil War in the sweltering Atlanta, Georgia, in the middle of June, Chadwick Boseman’s stunt double was seen sparring with The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan's stunt double) in the background as Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) had a repeat of their scuffle in The Avengers. Said co-director Joe Russo:
Today was the first day that the character worked in costume, and when he came out on set, there were some comic book fans who were just tearing up. It's a real moment for people to see this character for the first time on screen. People who grew up and championed this character as kids, and was a role model for them, their favorite hero. The sense of that, as a comic book fan, there was [an] historic nature of getting him on screen for the first time.
Chadwick Boseman will make his first appearance as T’Challa, the prince of Wakanda (a.k.a. Black Panther), in Captain America: Civil War. The actor confirmed this isn’t an origin story for him. That part comes later when Boseman headlines his character’s solo film in 2018.
Though he admits he wasn’t fully aware of Black Panther’s history and didn’t read many comics as a kid, he dove into the material and read as many storylines involving the character as possible. He even traveled to South Africa to incorporate real-world cultural aspects into his iteration, which is the first time Black Panther is appearing in a live-action feature film.
If I was doing my own comedy show on HBO or something, in most cases, I would go do standup at The Comedy Store in L.A. or some local spot, and I would gear up to do that. So when you see Thor, you know, 'Who's going to be Thor?' That's a rough way to do it. It's much better to -- and particularly, in this case, a lot of people don't know who Black Panther is. So I think they're really smart to introduce him and let people know, 'Oh, yeah, this guy was one of the major comic book characters. He was part of the Avengers.' That history is important for people to get before you have a standalone movie. So I think it's the best way to do it, absolutely.
Though Black Panther is shown in the Captain America: Civil War trailers on the side of Team Iron Man, his true allegiances are unclear. There have been reports about where he'll align, but we’ll find out what he’s really up to when the film hits theaters on May 6.
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