BLACK PANTHER is finally here... the MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE film opens in wide-release TODAY!!!
CHADWICK BOSEMAN is KING T'CHALLA from mythical AFRICAN nation WAKANDA, and when necessary, King T'Challa morphs into BLACK PANTHER.
RYAN COOGLER is the 31-year-old visionary director behind this film.
CHADWICK and RYAN discuss The REVOLUTIONARY POWER Of BLACK PANTHER for the current copy of TIME Magazine.
Here are some interview interludes:
TIME Journalist JAMIL SMITH writes;
RYAN COOGLER on BLACK PATHER exploring issues of identity;
That’s something I’ve always struggled with as a person. Like the first time that I found out I was black.” He’s talking less about an epidermal self-awareness than about learning how white society views his black skin. “Not just identity, but names. ‘Who are you?’ is a question that comes up a lot in this film. T’Challa knows exactly who he is. The antagonist in this film has many names.”
CHADWICK BOSEMAN on the opportunity to develop a real sense of identity from the mythical country of WAKANDA;
“You might say that this African nation is fantasy. But to have the opportunity to pull from real ideas, real places and real African concepts, and put it inside of this idea of Wakanda—that’s a great opportunity to develop a sense of what that identity is, especially when you’re disconnected from it.”
CB on the character of ERIK KILLMONGER as played by MICHAEL B. JORDAN;
“What I love about this experience is that it could have been the idea of black exploitation: he’s gonna fight Klaue, he’s gonna go after the white man and that’s it—that’s the enemy.”
T'CHALLA and KILLMONGER actually are mirror-images of each other, only separated by when they each were born.
“What they don’t realize, s that the greatest conflict you will ever face will be the conflict with yourself.”
RC on T'CHALLA vs KILLMONGER;
“That’s who you want to see come out on top. But I’ll be damned if the villains ain’t cool too. They have to be able to stand up to the hero, and have you saying, ‘Man, I don’t know if the hero’s going to make it out of this.’”
CB on BP being both Inspirational and ASPIRATIONAL;
“I know people [in the entertainment industry] are going to see this and aspire to it,” Boseman says. “But this is also having people inside spaces—gatekeeper positions, people who can open doors and take that idea. How can this be done? How can we be represented in a way that is aspirational?”
Actress OCTAVIA SPENCER announced on her INSTAGRAM;