OnlyOnAOL: Chadwick Boseman on the future of 'Black Panther'
By: Donna Freydkin
Go big, or go home.
That could apply to Chadwick Boseman, who plays legendary Supreme Court justice and civil rights trailblazer Thurgood Marshall in "Marshall," out next year.
Oh yeah, and the Howard University graduate steps into Black Panther's seething shoes in "Captain America: Civil War." He sets out to avenge the death of his father, and in doing so, steals the scenes he's in. But ask the ebullient Boseman about being an integral part of the Avengers franchise and he jokes, "I'm not qualified at all."
He's kidding, folks. In fact, Boseman is looking forward to exploring the many facets of the royal from the fictional African nation of Wakanda. There's much more to the character than his hunger for payback.
"I'm more excited about what's to come. There's more to show, his flaws and things. I'm more interested in the bad stuff than the good stuff," says Boseman. "He's angry. I'm interested to see what he's like when he's not that way."
And while he's on the verge of being very, very famous -- we're talking iconic-level famous -- Boseman isn't losing sleep over it. Sure, he's had fans follow him down the street. But it's all good. You won't hear him complaining.
"There are some things you can't predict, about what's going to happen, but for the most part, you don't have to be in certain situations where it's going to be difficult for you. I'm not worried about it because I feel like I live a really normal life," says Boseman.
That attitude will serve him in good stead when "Black Panther" sweeps into theaters. National Book Award-winning author Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote the comic book series, Ryan Coogler is directing the film, and Boseman will be the first African-American superhero to be headlining a major Marvel movie, slated for a 2018 release.
"There are various things from various writers I like -- I'm speaking about the comic books," says Boseman. "Hopefully the best things get put in (to the screenplay). But it's not up to me. I have to let the writers do what they're doing. I feel like from my conversations (with them), it seems like everyone is on the same page."