Chadwick Boseman speaks on the importance of African heritage in making ‘Black Panther’

Black Panther
"Black Panther" promotional photo. (Facebook/BlackPantherMovie)

There are only a few days left before the highly anticipated premiere of Marvel’s “Black Panther” in cinemas in the United States. Prior to its premiere, the film’s star, Chadwick Boseman, who plays the titular superhero character, spoke about the importance of African heritage in making the movie, as well as the secrets of his Black Panther costume.

In a recent interview, Boseman was asked about the importance of having an African-American director at the helm of the movie, which features characters for a fictional African state of Wakanda. In response, Boseman shared that the nuances of American, African-American, and African experience are an important part of the movie.

Boseman said that it may be possible for a white man to make the movie, but it would not have the perspective that director Ryan Coogler has brought to the film.

“Would they have his perspective, like the perspective [Coogler] brought to the movie? Probably not,” said Boseman. “It wouldn’t be nuanced in the same way because they don’t have the same conflict. They don’t have the African-American conflict that always exists.”

Boseman also shared that at the first part of the movie, his character will be wearing the same panther suit that he wore during his first appearance in “Captain America: Civil War.” However, he will have a brand new suit as the movie progresses.

The actor also shared that the Black Panther suit made going to the bathroom a lot of hassle because he would have to get it off then put it back on.

“Black Panther” has been released in other parts of the globe and is a whopping 98 percent approval rating on review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes. The critics’ consensus is that the film “elevates superhero cinema to thrilling new heights while telling one of the MCU’s most absorbing stories.” Critics also agree that the movie introduced some of the most fully realized characters to the film franchise.

“Black Panther” will be released in the United States on Feb. 16.