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“Civil War’s” Chadwick Boseman Says Black Panther Is “Not A Superhero”

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Much of the marketing leading up to “Captain America: Civil War” has focused on the two sides involved in the film’s ideological — and also literal — battle. The heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have rallied around Captain America and Iron Man, and that includes newcomer Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) who’s been depicted as part of Tony Stark’s team… but is that really the case?

While speaking with “Empire”, Boseman clarified Panther’s role in “Civil War,” stating that he’s “not on anybody’s team. It’s my political mission to tame it and get it under control.” Furthermore, Boseman said that the Panther is “not a superhero” in the usual sense. When it came to the matter of his 2018 solo film, Boseman clarified that it “is a superhero movie, but it’s still character-driven”.

Boseman remained quiet about whether or not T’Challa will have the superhuman senses and physical abilities he has in the comics in “Civil War.” Boseman’s Black Panther does wear a suit that integrates vibranium, the extraordinarily durable material used in Captain America’s shield.

Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo and starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan and more, “Captain America: Civil War” opens on May 6, 2016. “Black Panther” hits theaters on February 16, 2018.