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Black Panther Fights Like No Other Superhero in the MCU

When we talked to Chadwick Boseman about Black Panther’s abilities, he couldn’t say much, only saying, “He’s not the strongest. He’s not necessarily the fastest, but he’s strong and he’s fast. He has a wit, a wisdom and a plan — an overarching plan — that a lot of times you don’t necessarily see. So it’s his strategy during a fight or during a battle.”

It wasn’t until the next day that we got to see Black Panther in action, and he has a very animalistic fighting style, flipping, jumping and clawing like the fierce jungle cat for which he is named. Producer Nate Moore said that fighting style was something Boseman came up with himself:

Chad brings a certain movement. And it’s through his own experience with the martial arts that we hadn’t really talked about. And the first day on set we were like, “Oh. Well, that’s kind of interesting.” He has a very kind of slick cat-like walk that does feel like Kabuki trying to be a cat but is very much his own thing.

Joe Russo echoes those sentiments, saying, “He’s got a movement style that he brought because he has a background in martial arts and it’s fascinating. He moves like none of the other characters in the universe. We really distinguished him.” In fact, echoing what Robert Downey Jr. said about Boseman’s arrival being a big deal, Joe Russo also said that his arrival on this particular day, which was the first time the cast and crew got to see him in full costume, was met with quite the reception:

Today was the first day that the character worked in costume, and when he came out on set there were some comic book fans who were just tearing up. It’s a real moment for people to see this character for the first time on screen. People who grew up and championed this character as kids and was a role model for them, their favorite hero. The sense of that as a comic book fan, there was historic nature of getting him on screen for the first time. He’s playing the character with a real intensity and a real grace.

The Black Panther Suit Is Hot, Not in a Good Way

The bad news is that no matter how excited people were to see Black Panther suited up for the first time on set, the experience isn’t quite as enjoyable in the moment for Chadwick Boseman. Even when asked about putting on the costume for the first time, Boseman didn’t hesitate saying, “It’s hot. It’s blazing hot. Listen, it’s so hot. I’ve never been that hot before in my life, seriously.” We tried to ask about the process of putting it on to get an idea of everything he’s wearing, but Boseman said, “I can’t tell you that. I can’t tell you that because I don’t want you picturing how it happens. It’s not cute.”

Even co-stars Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen chimed in without prompt in their interview about how bad Boseman has it in the Black Panther outfit. Olsen said, “He has the worst costume, Black Panther.” Renner added right away, “It’s the worst of any Marvel character… Cap would complain about his cowl and it’s like dude, he’s got three on! Terrible, sweating – if it takes you 30 minutes to go to the bathroom, that’s a problem.”

We didn’t see Boseman in the full suit until just before we left the set, but we did watch his stunt double in the suit during one of the fight scenes with the Winter Soldier, and you can see why the suit is notorious for being awful. There’s a team of a few people whose job it is just to quickly get the head gear off so they can use tiny electric fans and water to cool him off. That suit is probably hot in general, but in the sweltering heat of Atlanta, Georgia, it has to be positively unbearable.

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