The world continues to lose its mind after the premiere of the first Avengers: Infinity War trailer, but it’s important to remember that Marvel Studios has another massive film hitting theatres in February. Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther will release before the next Avengers movie and will give us our first glimpse into T’Challa’s country, Wakanda.
In a recent interview with Deadline, director Ryan Coogler discussed his approach to the Black Panther movie, explaining the emotional side of the movie, his favourite aspects of the film and the cultural significance of a Black Panther movie.
See what Coogler said below:
“In a way, I thought it was going to be tough because I’m not sure I like this dude. He’s so different from what I am used to. But through the process of making the film and working with Chad and trying to explore and find ownership in it, I’m incredibly attached to this character now.”
Coogler goes on to explain where we find T’Challa in Black Panther and what this film means for the character.
“In our film, you find him at a time where he lost his father, the most important person in his life. He’s inheriting this incredible responsibility. He’s inheriting it at a time when Wakanda is struggling what its identity might be, and the people have different ideas of what they should do. He’s incredibly conflicted but is aware of his responsibility of what to do.”
Coogler then discusses his favourite aspect of filming Black Panther and while the massive action sequences must have been fun, Coogler has a certain soft spot when it comes to the emotional side of T’Challa’s story.
“Realizing that we were going to have this film where a father and son talk to each other in this native African language in a superhero movie — it hit me for a moment. It was emotionally moving. That was a big one.”
Finally, Coogler talks about the cultural significance of Black Panther and what impact the film could have on young kids, who are finally able to see and identify with a superhero who looks like them.
“We got to do our part to keep pushing things forward. To see a movie where somebody looks like me that is a king and knows their ancestry and has an army of incredible folks around them and who believe in them? I don’t know what that would have done for me when I was 10 years old.”
Of course, T’Challa’s father was killed during Captain America: Civil War, leaving his son in charge of Wakanda. It’s exciting to know that the father and son relationship will still play an important role in the solo Black Panther movie.
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