Although the majority of conversation around Captain America: Civil War centers on whether one is pledged to #TeamCap or #TeamIronMan, the film also brings the highly-anticipated film debut of Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman). Real name T’Challa, Black Panther is the king and protector of the fictional African country of Wakanda, armed with both scientific genius and mystical panther powers. Although he has a storied history as Marvel’s first mainstream black superhero, Black Panther’s entrance into the MCU with Civil War will probably catch many viewers unaware.
To help those fans, Marvel is introducing a new video series to help catch viewers up on the character’s history. In addition to Civil War, Black Panther is also currently starring in his own comic series from National Book Award-winning author Ta-Nehisi Coates and artist Brian Stelfreeze, so Marvel is definitely capitalizing on the character’s breakthrough moment.
“Black Panther #1 drove new fans into stores across the county, topping the sales charts and selling out in two days,” says Editor In Chief Axel Alonso in a release. “This series of videos will direct even more eyes toward the most discussed comic book series – and character – of the year.”
Like Coates’ arc, the video series is titled “Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet,” and features commentary from Coates about the history of the character and what makes T’Challa unique.
“T’Challa’s not just a scientist, he’s one of the ten smartest people on the planet Earth,” Coates said. “The nature of science is the pursuit of truth, which is in direct conflict with what kings and people who govern nations often have to do. He’s a great character. I’m an old-school fan, you know? There was an interior heart to the character that I instantly connected to as soon as I started reading.”
Coates also previews the challenges T’Challa will be facing over the course of his story. A new installment of the series is set to launch each month alongside the comic.
“T’Challa’s dealing with the destruction of his country at the hands of Thanos and the Black Order,” Coates said. “He’s dealing with flooding and inundation on a Biblical level, he’s dealing with the loss of his sister who has been presumably killed and he left behind. The first job of the king is to protect the nation. That’s the first thing, and when the king can no longer protect the nation, what is the king? All of that is weighing on him personally. Emotions are strong and are taking over, but he has a plan.”
Watch the video below, and check out EW’s recap of Black Panther #1 here.