Black Panther Is Altering the Marvel Cinematic Universe as You Know It

Chadwick Boseman, TIME

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Ten years after Iron Man introduced the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Panther is prepared to introduce a brand-new age. “You have superhero films that are gritty dramas or action comedies,” director Ryan Coogler states in TIME‘s Feb.19 Black Panther, premiering Feb. 16, declares a brand-new, innovative category: “Superhero films that deal with issues of being of African descent.”

Coogler states Black Panther checks out identity concerns, “something I’ve always struggled with as a person. Like the first time that I found out I was black.” He implies how white society views his black skin, obviously. “Not just identity, but names. ‘Who are you?’ is a question that comes up a lot in this film. T’Challa knows exactly who he is. The antagonist in this film has many names.”

After making his launching as T’Challa in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, Chadwick Boseman is delighted for fans to get more information about his recently crowned king. “You might say that this African nation is fantasy. But to have the opportunity to pull from real ideas, real places and real African concepts, and put it inside of this idea of Wakanda—that’s a great opportunity to develop a sense of what that identity is, especially when you’re disconnected from it,” he states. His character has superhuman capabilities, those aren’t the essence of who he is. “People often ask, ‘What is Black Panther? What is his power?’ And they have a misconception that he only has power through his suit,” he states. “The character is existing with power inside power.”

Black Panther includes a predominately black cast– the very first of its kind. It’s anticipated to gross north of $150 million in its opening weekend, among the very best launchings in Marvel Studios’ history. At its core, Coogler informs TIME, ” Black Panther has to do with a person who deals with his household and is accountable for an entire nation.” No matter the obstacle, “That responsibility doesn’t turn off.”

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