Chadwick Boseman Keeps Cool Under Pressure of Playing Black Panther in Captain America Civil War
Chadwick Boseman joins the Marvel movie world in “Captain America: Civil War” as more than just a new member of the Avengers gang. As Black Panther, he’s the first African-American superhero from a mainstream comic book series — and one who’ll be called up on to carry considerable box office weight on his shoulders. After “Civil War” Boseman will star in his own standalone film, “Black Panther,” another big budget special effects movie whose road to the big screen hit bumps with a racially charged debate over the choice of director.
But as he made the publicity rounds for “Captain America: Civil War,” Boseman seemed as cool and confident as his alter-ego, an African warrior-prince with unique martial arts-like skills and the ability to fight in the style of other animals like cats, snakes and others.
“I don’t feel like it’s any more pressure than any role that you do,” Boseman, 39, tells Made in Hollywood reporter Kylie Erica Mar. “I feel like there’s a lot of support around the character in this movie.”
Chadwick Boseman of Captain America Civil War Has Never Shied Away from Challenging Roles
Boseman already took on — and won rave reviews for — one iconic part, playing baseball legend Jackie Robinson in “42,” and he’ll next challenge another as Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in “Marshall.” It also helps that he’s being eased into the Marvel franchises with a small part in a star-powered ensemble movie about clash between two Marvel vets: Chris Evans‘ Captain American and Robert Downey Jr.‘s Iron Man.
“It’s a lot easier to doing it when you’re coming into a movie with other people and you’re not carrying it,” says Boseman. “If it was the Black Panther movie and I was being introduced, that would be a lot worse.”
That will be coming soon enough.
Set for release in summer 2018, “Black Panther” originally had been helmed by “Selma” director Ava DuVernay, who unexpectedly dropped out during development, citing “different ideas about what the story would be.” With the issue of Hollywood diversity raging, the question arose of whether a movie about a black superhero required a black director. That was settled with the hiring of “Creed’s” Ryan Coogler.
For now, Boseman said he’s going to enjoy playing costar, “just sort of watching everybody else and enjoying the process.”
“You want to have fun doing it,” he says. “I think you try not to think about the pressure. That’s for everybody else to think about.”