When he fights, T’Challa doesn’t mess around. Just ask Bucky Barnes, a.k.a the Winter Soldier.
That’s why it’s no surprise to see Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman getting physical with some fight training for the upcoming superhero movie.
The actor, who first appeared as the titular hero in Captain America: Civil War, has been gearing up to shoot the highly-anticipated Marvel film with director Ryan Coogler. In the new film, former Men’s Fitness cover star Michael B. Jordan is set to play the lead villain, and after Jordan’s appearance in Creed, everyone knows he can throw a punch or two.
Black Panther’s abilities include expert fighting skills and enhanced strength, speed, agility, stamina, and durability, so Boseman wants to be prepared:
Earlier in January 2017, Marvel released an official rundown of the plot: “Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the events of Captain America: Civil War, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as king. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as king and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.”
T’Challa’s appearance was one of the best parts of Civil War, and that has made Black Panther a must-see for Marvel fans. Boseman leads a stacked cast that includes Jordan as Erik Killmonger, a Wakandan exile who wants to overthrow the new king, and Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o as Nakia, a member of the the Dora Milaje, an elite force of all-female bodyguards.
The rest of the cast includes Sterling K. Brown, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis.
Black Panther is set for release on Feb. 16, 2018.
Just in case you need a refresher, here's Black Panther fighting the Winter Soldier from Civil War: