Source: Keith Murphy / Ozy
Actor Chadwick Boseman, who made his name playing baseball great Jackie Robinson in the 2013 film 42, won’t answer the question: Will he be donning the Vibranium-laced boots of the Black Panther, Marvel’s crime-fighting, superior-tech-backed African prince?
“I can’t really talk about that right now,” Boseman tells OZY with a telling laugh.
That’s right. A black superhero who shares the name of one of the most controversial political parties in American history. (The hero born T’Challa made his July 1966 debut in The Fantastic Four, months before Huey P. Newton and the Black Panther Party shook up the American consciousness). Indeed, it wasn’t his moniker that had comic book followers talking. It was the fact that Marvel’s first black superhero literally went toe-to-toe against future box-office behemoths The Avengers — he later joined the team — and ruled over a futuristic African nation that had never been conquered.
The Black Panther would be controversial — as controversial as the cartoon version commissioned for BET.
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