It’s a “Black Panther Revolution”! The star of the HIT Marvel superhero juggernaut, ‘Black Panther’, Chadwick Boseman covers the LATEST edition of ‘Rolling Stone’!
Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created Panther, the first black superhero, way back in 1966, but he didn’t show up on the big screen until 50 years later, when Boseman stole Captain America: Civil War. Now, after a decade of Marvel Universe films starring a demographically disproportionate number of white Chrises, the world finally has its first African superhero movie.
“It’s a sea-change moment,” Boseman says. “I still remember the excitement people had seeing Malcolm X. And this is greater, because it includes other people, too. Everybody comes to see the Marvel movie.”
A quick primer: Boseman plays T’Challa, king of the fictional African nation of Wakanda – the richest and most technologically advanced civilization on Earth. He also moonlights as Black Panther, an Afro-futurist warrior with superhuman powers charged with protecting his people. According to Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige, Boseman was their only choice for the role. And when the call came, he was ready. “He said yes on the phone,” recalls Feige. “I didn’t sense a lot of hesitation on his part.”
Up until now, Boseman, 41, was most famous for being the biopic guy, playing an unprecedented run of trailblazing African-American icons: Jackie Robinson (42), James Brown (Get On Up), Thurgood Marshall (Marshall). In a way, Black Panther is the logical next step – Thurgood Marshall with vibranium claws and a stealth jet. Boseman has for years wanted to play the character, keeping a journal with notes as far back as 2012. “It’s perfect casting,” director Ryan Coogler says. “His physicality, his reserved personality, the way he looks younger than he is, wise beyond his years.”
“Chad gave a hell of a performance,” says Michael B. Jordan, who co-stars as his archnemesis, Killmonger. “I couldn’t imagine anybody else.”
[Full Story at Rollingstone.com]