The cinematic universe that is Marvel is a wide spectrum that integrates all shapes and sizes. The latest installment, Captain America: Civil War, was a mixture of light and dark. One of the film's new additions is now going public over the tone of his upcoming stand alone feature.
Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman made his debut to the franchise in Civil War and he believes that his story will be on the "grittier" side. The Marvel installment will veer away from the tongue-in-cheek humor more synonymous with Ant-Man. Alongside the likes of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor, Iron Man and Captain America, Marvel has made a habit of avoiding the DC trap to make films with overtly dark tones.
Boseman Understands His Role While Remaining A Fan At Heart
Speaking exclusively with CBR, Boseman intimated that 2018's Black Panther will be unique in the manner it is shot and portrayed within the Marvel framework.
"I'm glad that the tone of (Black Panther) may be a little grittier," explained Boseman. "I just wanted to establish that from the beginning, that that's what we were doing. That's what I intend to do."
Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of the character, Boseman knows that although he loves what Paul Rudd brings to the table, he cannot and should not head in that direction.
"It's funny, because on one hand, the Marvel movies that I've liked the most are the ones that are funny. I love Ant-Man. But for me, most of the time the darker superhero movies are the ones that I gravitate towards, that I love the most," said Boseman. "So I'm glad that I’m not in an Ant-Man."
Black Panther To Break The Mold For The Black Community
Simply by placing an African American in the role of a superhero is in and of itself noteworthy in an industry dominated by white role models. Boseman recognizes this fact and believes that Marvel and Hollywood in general will be the richer for expanding their horizons.
"The image itself opens people's minds up. You can talk about it all you want, you can have it in a comic book, you can even do an animated series, but when you see real people doing it, it changes something inside of you," Boseman said. "It's going to be a big deal because there’s not just black people or people of African descent that want to see it, I think everybody wants to see it. That's the beautiful thing."
What do you think? After watching DC and Warner Bros struggle to deliver darker adaptations, is Marvel taking a risky by going "gritty"?