The “Black Panther” movie has been confirmed for a 2016 release but it has been rumored even at the early stages of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (definitely before “Avengers Assemble” was shown in 2012).
It actually a took a long time before they finally confirmed the green light on the project as lead actor Chadwick Boseman reveals.
Black Panther is a popular character and he also has ties with the Avengers as a group and even the heroes as individuals.
It seemed like a no-brainer and most fans would imagine that Marvel has got it all figured out.
But that is actually not the case.
An interview with EW has this snippet: “As you know, Marvel plans years in advance, so working backwards, how long has Black Panther been in your life? Years? Or just a few months? CB: Not even that long.
You mean how long [back] was my communication with Marvel? Yeah, how long had you been in talks when this was announced? CB: Not even a month.
The real official conversations happened really quickly.
I think there were rumors out there, but those were rumors.
Maybe that’s a form of conversation, but it wasn’t an actual conversation, if that makes any sense.
Had you previously auditioned for other comic-book characters? CB: This was really the first.
It wasn’t really an audition process.
It was more of a discussion about what they wanted to do and how I saw it and what I wanted to do.
It was more of a feeling out process and they’re really smart.
I can’t talk too much about it-the only thing I can say is that they are smarter than you think they are.” That’s saying a lot since Marvel is looking like a genius club at this point.
Far from perfect but much better than the other studios at this point.
Another key point: “Is there a screenplay yet, or is that still just conceptual at this point? Honestly, I don’t think so.
All of that is being come up with right now.
How do they say that: My pay grade doesn’t reach that high.” There are many implications on Boseman’s statements.
That could be his way to dodge the question or perhaps he’s on a “need to know” basis.
But there is also the possibility that Marvel was not really sold on Black Panther until the last minute.
The key is Civil War.
The decision to use that story arc in the third Captain America happened before Black Panther.