'Black Panther' Star Chadwick Boseman Covers Rolling Stone

Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman is featured on the cover of this month's Rolling Stone for a feature story about the "Black Panther revolution."

In the cover spread, Boseman talks about what a watershed moment Black Panther represents for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as it is the first Marvel Studios film to put a person of color in the lead role and to feature a mostly black cast.

"It's a sea-change moment," Boseman says. "I still remember the excitement people had to see Malcolm X. And this is greater, because it includes other people, too. Everybody comes to see the Marvel movie."

Boseman also talks in the interview about what it was like creating the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda.

"The money and manpower it takes to create this entire African world – it's a huge production," says Boseman. "But this is not Star Wars – this is a black superhero movie! What would it mean if it didn't happen? You'd be saying there's a second class of Marvel movies. A second-class citizenship.

"Some [black] actors will say, 'I don't want to play a character just because he's black,' " he says. "And that's great, I'm not saying they're wrong. But that's missing all the richness that's been whitewashed."

Boseman also admits that Black Panther isn't alone in this moment in cultural history.

"There's a lot of great things happening," Boseman says. "If you think about Barry [Jenkins], Ava [DuVernay], Ryan – it's a renaissance of black film. But it's still not enough. It's a numbers thing. If you have 15 shots, I got three. If you have nine chances to mess up, I have one. Each one of us knows that if you mess up, your career is done. I see the intensity. I see how Ryan is. If you have a dud, you'll never work in this town again."

So far Black Panther is anything but a dud. The film had one of the biggest opening weekends of all time.

Black Panther currently has an 86.02 ComicBook.com Composite Score, which is the sixth-highest ComicBook.com Composite Score for a comic book movie. Black Panther also has a 4.56 out of 5 ComicBook.com User Rating, making it the highest rated comic book movie ever among ComicBook.com Users.

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Black Panther is now in theaters. It will be followed by Avengers: Infinity War on May 4th, Ant-Man and the Wasp on July 6th, Captain Marvel on March 8, 2019, the fourth Avengers movie on May 3, 2019, the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming on July 5, 2019, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in 2020.