As Marvel gears up for its next cinematic installment, Captain America: Civil War, more information has been revealed about one of the universe's newest heroes, Black Panther.
Sitting down to talk to Entertainment Weekly, Chadwick Boseman discussed his character's role in the movie and just how instrumental he was to the film.
Based on Boseman's description, Black Panther will be integral to the battle between Captain America and Iron Man. Originally chased after by Winter Solider, otherwise known as Bucky Barnes and Steve Rogers' best friend, both the Captain and Iron Man will fight to bring Black Panther over to their individual sides during the war.
"There definitely is a sort of tradition and he's torn between," Boseman said. "in terms of how things were done in the past and how things need to happen now in this new world."
Boseman added that there's a lot of self-imposed pressure for Black Panther to live up to the expectations of the entire nation of Wakanda, where he's originally from.
Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, also told the magazine it was incredibly important to have Boseman's character be at the center of the drama as a way to properly introduce him to audiences ahead of the standalone Black Panther movie in 2018.
"We introduce him here, give him an arc, and make him a full character," Feige said. "We don't just give him a cameo, to wave."
Although Spider-Man is confirmed as part of Civil War's cast, it looks like Black Panther may be the important voice of reason found within the movie. In the comic, Spider-Man was the character that contemplated both sides of the Superhuman Registration Act, that if approved, would force all superheroes to reveal their true identities. It's the divide between various heroes that leads to the war, with Iron Man leading one side and Captain America leading the other.
Captain America: Civil War hits theaters May 6, 2016.