Black Panther is “not a superhero”, says Chadwick Boseman

The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s next big superhero is not exactly a superhero - at least, according to its star, Chadwick Boseman.

Chadwick Boseman Black Panther

Speaking exclusively to Empire, as part of our extensive Captain America: Civil War coverage, Boseman claimed that Black Panther – aka T’Challa – is “not a superhero” in the usual sense. Making his first on-screen appearance in Civil War, Boseman claimed that he is “not on anybody’s team. It’s my political mission to tame it and get it under control”.

This is not to say, necessarily, that T’Challa will not have superpowers – merely that he won’t be your conventional Avenger. In the comics, Black Panther – the king of the fictional African nation of Wakanda – is imbued with superhuman strength, speed, agility and senses, gained from consuming the ‘Heart-Shaped Herb’.

Boseman would not confirm to us whether T’Challa will have drunk his magic brew to be imbued with superhuman powers by the time we meet him in Civil War, but he will have a super suit woven with vibranium – the same material used in Cap’s shield.

He also acknowledges that the solo Black Panther movie, due in 2018, “is a superhero movie, but it’s still character-driven”.

Chadwick Boseman Black Panther

For the full interview with Chadwick Boseman, plus a stonking 16 pages of coverage on Captain America: Civil War, pick up a copy of Empire magazine, on sale from Thursday. Or subscribe right here.