Chadwick Boseman Teases Inner Conflict of Marvel's Black Panther

"He’s definitely not the life of the party," the '42' actor reveals.
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He debuted in a couple of blink-and-you'll-miss-him appearances in last week's Captain America: Civil War trailer, but Chadwick Boseman is ready to reveal a little more about the man behind the mask of the Black Panther, Marvel's next big hero.

"He’s definitely not the life of the party in this instance," Boseman told Entertainment Weekly about the character. "I think this is something true of the comic book character and the movie. You never quite know where he stands. There’s always a bit of concealing and mystery. So I think mysterious is more his boat."

Well, mysterious and, as is traditional for Marvel heroes, emotionally conflicted.

"There definitely is a sort of tradition that he’s torn between, in terms of how things were done in the past and how things need to happen now in this new world," Boseman continued. "I think there’s perhaps a bit of a maverick there, and then there’s also a need to live up to traditions and his father’s legacy. And not even his father’s legacy, but the entire nation of Wakanda."

(Part of those traditions? His costume, which Civil War director Anthony Russo said is "not comparable to any other costumes in the universe" by dint of it being chain mail made of Vibranium, the Macguffin from this summer's Avengers: Age of Ultron.)

The EW piece also quotes Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige as promising that the character will have more to do in the movie than simply show up and tease his own solo movie (scheduled for 2018). "We introduce him here, give him an arc, and make him a full character. We don’t just give him a cameo, to wave," Feige said. "He has his own conflict and his own people that he’s looking out for."

Captain America: Civil War will be released May 6, 2016.

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