Thanks to the internet, especially through social media platforms, it's easier than ever for moviegoers to share their opinions on the latest theatrical releases with others. This also means that easy for the stars of these movies to come across these reactions, be it deliberately or just by chance. Take Chadwick Boseman, for example. He debuted as T'Challa, a.k.a. Black Panther, in 2016's Captain America: Civil War, and now we're only weeks away from seeing him in the spotlight for the Black Panther movie. While Boseman is unaware of fan reactions "to a certain degree," he also noted that when he does stumble across them, they don't particularly phase him because he realizes that he can't let what the audience thinks dictate how he portrays the character. As he explained:
It's one thing to collaborate with a movie's creative team about how best to portray a character, but as Chadwick Boseman told CinemaBlend's own Eric Eisenberg and a group of other reporters at a Black Panther set visit last year, he doesn't let the expectations of the Marvel fans influence how he plays Black Panther on the big screen. So coming out of Captain America: Civil War, he made sure not to let "outside" influence play into how he reprised T'Challa in Black Panther, otherwise the changes would have felt inorganic. It's obviously impossible to steer completely away from what the masses think about your performance, but Boseman has been able to turn off that awareness and not let it guide his acting decisions.
Fortunately for Chadwick Boseman, besides collaborating with directors like Ryan Coogler on developing T'Challa, there's no shortage of Black Panther material, both from the comics and other media, to turn to that can help him decide how he should tackle the character next. Boseman continued:
Taking place shortly after Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther follows T'Challa returning home to Wakanda and beginning his new duties as the nation's king. However, he and his allies will soon have to face the combined threat of Erik Killmonger and Ulysses Klaue, who want to overthrow the Wakandan kingdom and start a world war.
Black Panther prowls into theaters on February 16, and Chadwick Boseman will jump back into action as T'Challa when Avengers: Infinity War drops on May 4.
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