Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa will be the James Bond of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) in the forthcoming Black Panther film.
Creed and Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler is steering the long-awaited superhero movie for Marvel Studios, according to a script he co-wrote with American Crime Story writer-producer, Joe Robert Cole, with Boseman repeating his role as the superhero Black Panther from Anthony and Joe Russo’s Captain America: Civil War.
Marvel has been testing with different genres and types of stories when it comes to their superhero movies lately. Their first trial was with the Russo’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier(2014), where they built a political thriller which involved the Cold War.
And then Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man(2015) was hyped as a comedy-heist film, while Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: Homecoming(2017) was perceived as a coming-of-age comedy. All three actually worked out really well, now Marvel is planning to go into the spy genre.
An interview with Total Film revealed how Ryan Coogler explained Marvel Studios’ interest in making Black Panther their James Bond film, with T’Challa, of course, being a superhero version of 007
“When I initially started talking to Marvel, I noticed one thing they were interested in was for Panther to be their James Bond version, which I thought was awesome. It was actually an out-of-the-box form to view T’Challa. There’re some Bond movies that I really, really like, and it gave me the chance to go see some other ones.”
Take a look at the car chase glimpsed in trailers: doesn’t it look like something a Bond movie would feature?
James Bond being the superspy, he is only as good as the team supporting him, most recognized, Q (Bond’s Quartermaster). In respect to Black Panther, T’Challa’s Q will be his sister, Shuri (Letitia Wright), who is a science master and the Wakanda chief technologist. That’s something that Wright fully agrees to, going further telling Total Film: “Yeah, why not? She’s T’Challa’s Q. She’s beside him with the technology he requires. The way she assists him is really cool.”
Patience is already running out in anticipation for Black Panther, but Coogler’s goals with T’Challa may assess the movie for those who might have been on considering seeing the film.
Definitely, Marvel has gone into the spy world before when S.H.I.E.L.D. was still very active on the big screen (though still operating on TV with ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.).
And looking the sheer number of gadgets and technology that Wakanda makes (possibly adding Iron Man’s armor in Avengers: Infinity War), it is not so difficult to agree that T’Challa would essentially be the MCU’s James Bond.
Credit: Total Film