Round of applause for the BLACK PANTHER, Dancers! Wooooooohooooooo!!!!!!!!
Actor Chadwick Boseman fronts TIME magazine’s February 19 issue which celebrates the release of Marvel’s highly anticipated Black Panther film!
“You have superhero films that are gritty dramas or action comedies,” director Ryan Coogler says in the feature. He heralds a new, groundbreaking genre: “Superhero films that deal with issues of being of African descent.”
He adds that Black Panther explores identity issues, “something I’ve always struggled with as a person. Like the first time that I found out I was black.”
“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,” he says. “Black Panther is about a guy who works with his family and is responsible for a whole country.” No matter the setback, “That responsibility doesn’t turn off.”
Boseman also opens up about how fans can learn more about the newly crowned king in the film.
“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,” Boseman says. “People often ask, ‘What is Black Panther? What is his power?’ And they have a misconception that he only has power through his suit. The character is existing with power inside power.”
Can’t wait to see this film!