Marvel Just Got a New Trump Card

Considering the current circumstances in America right now, maybe “trump” wasn’t the right word to associate with this article.

But nevertheless, onward we soldier, and with good news at that. Remember when Marvel cast Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, and how there wasn’t really a whole fanfare surrounding the announcement?

Well perhaps it had something to do with the fact that he was welcomed onto the stage when Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evans were present, but shame on us for not championing Boseman like the second coming of Jesus.

Because after his performance as James Brown in the largely-unnoticed biopic Get On Up, that’s exactly how we should’ve welcomed Boseman into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. At the time of the casting I went back and watched the film for a second time, and I’m just going to put this out there, it’s probably the best on-screen performance I’ve seen in at least the last five years.

You thought Leonardo DiCaprio deserved the Oscar for The Wolf of Wall Street? You thought David Oyelowo was snubbed with Selma? Well think again, because Boseman failing to be nominated for his performance in Get On Up redefines the word “snubbed.”

I’m not sure “surprised” is the right phrase to use to describe the general critical reaction to Chadwick Boseman’s performance in Captain America: Civil War, but I get the sense that a lot of critics weren’t expecting him bring such a dynamic new edge to the film.

This speaks volumes about our general lack of awareness of the talent Boseman possesses, and I’d definitely go so far as to say that he’s the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Batman, showcasing all the brooding, sometimes violent attitudes that made Affleck’s Batman the highlight of Batman Vs. Superman.

Boseman’s Black Panther confidently held his own against the established character of Captain America in Civil War, and although I have plenty of complaints about the film, Black Panther takes a confident step forward in arguing his case for us to be excited about his solo film in a few years time.

I also recently got round to watching Creed for the first time, and I think Marvel might’ve unintentionally paired an Oscar acting snub (Boseman) with an Oscar directing snub (Ryan Coogler). The use of various techniques throughout the film by Coogler radiates confidence, and the Black Panther solo film is undoubtedly in fully capable hands.

I’ll be interested to see whether Marvel opt to do an origin story for the Black Panther film, or whether they’ll forgo this and build upon the character already established in Civil War. I personally can’t decide which I’d rather see, but both contain endless possibilities for giving us a new look at the intriguing character of Black Panther.

Chadwick Boseman fully deserves to be seen as one of the selling points of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, both for the incredible talent he possesses as well as the dynamic new character he’s depicted on our screens.


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