Only a few days after the announcement that he was selected to star of the new Black Panther film, actor Chadwick Boseman stated that the fan response has been amazing.
"The reaction on stage at the El Capitan Theater was, like, amazing," Boseman said in a recent interview with Comic Book Resources. "Just to be there -- the way that Marvel set it up and wanted to surprise people with it, it was one of the best surprises that I've ever been a part of."
Boseman explained that while he tried to maintain a low profile, days after the announcement, he was unable to escape the excitement from the news that he would bring the iconic Wakandan superhero to life. ”I’ve heard from a lot of my friends, and a lot of people I don't know have congratulated me -- but I've actually not heard a lot from other people because I went away. I tried to get away from everything just to ground myself. But it's been amazing. I'm so excited! I'm ready to start right now, and they're telling me, 'Slow down a little bit!'"
Boseman is scheduled to appear in Captain America: Civil War and will reprise his role in a stand-alone film slated to be released in November, 2017. While Boseman will join other diverse characters in the Marvel Television and Cinematic Universe, he is the first non-white superhero to receive a solo movie from Marvel Studios. Created in 1966 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Black Panther is Marvel Comic’s first black superhero.
"It's been done before in different ways, but it's never been done exactly like this,” Boseman said. “Wesley Snipes also had his own franchise -- you have to acknowledge that. You have to acknowledge what [Anthony] Mackie's doing [as the Falcon]. But this is a little different in the way that Marvel is presenting it, so it's amazing."