Just days after being part of the massive announcement of Marvel Studios' Phase 3 movie slate, "Black Panther" actor Chadwick Boseman told CBR News that he's found the fan response to his new role to be "amazing."
At a weekend event in Los Angeles, we ran into the 32-year-old actor who'll be headlining as Wakanda's king T'Challa in 2017, after an announced role in 2016's "Captain America: Civil War."
"The reaction on stage at the El Capitan Theater was, like, amazing," Boseman said. "Just to be there -- the way that Marvel set it up and wanted to surprise people with it, it was one of the best surprises that I've ever been a part of." And the positive response didn't end with Marvel Studios' big presentation, even with the actor trying to maintain a low profile in the following days. "I've heard from a lot of my friends, and a lot of people I don't know have congratulated me -- but I've actually not heard a lot from other people because I went away. I tried to get away from everything just to ground myself. But it's been amazing. I'm so excited! I'm ready to start right now, and they're telling me, 'Slow down a little bit!'"
"It's never been done," Boseman said of the opportunity he has in bringing one of Marvel's most groundbreaking heroes to life -- "Black Panther" will be Marvel Studios' first film starring a Black superhero in the lead role, and Black Panther (created in 1966 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby) was Marvel's first Black superhero in its comic books. "It's been done before in different ways, but it's never been done exactly like this. Wesley Snipes also had his own franchise -- you have to acknowledge that. You have to acknowledge what [Anthony] Mackie's doing [with the Falcon]. But this is a little different in the way that Marvel is presenting it, so it's amazing."