Marvel's Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman is super excited about his role and is "ready to start" right away.
After Marvel's massive event announcing Black Panther as part of their Phase 3 lineup of movies right up till 2020, Boseman told ComicBookResources that he's found the fan response to his new role to be "amazing."
"The reaction on stage at the El Capitan Theater was, like, amazing," Boseman said. "Just to be there -- the way that Marvel set it up and wanted to surprise people with it, it was one of the best surprises that I've ever been a part of."
The actor revealed that he's getting an encouraging response from fans and friends about the big Marvel announcement.
"I've heard from a lot of my friends, and a lot of people I don't know have congratulated me -- but I've actually not heard a lot from other people because I went away. I tried to get away from everything just to ground myself. But it's been amazing. I'm so excited! I'm ready to start right now, and they're telling me, 'Slow down a little bit!'"
Black Panther is expected to bring a new dimension to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It will be Marvel Studios' first film starring a Black superhero in the lead role, and Black Panther (created in 1966 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby) was Marvel's first Black superhero in its comic books.
"It's been done before in different ways, but it's never been done exactly like this," Boseman said about bringing the comic book hero to life. "...Wesley Snipes also had his own franchise -- you have to acknowledge that. You have to acknowledge what [Anthony] Mackie's doing [with the Falcon]. But this is a little different in the way that Marvel is presenting it, so it's amazing."
While Black Panther is slated to be released in 2017, Boseman will appear as the character first in 2016's Captain America 3: Civil War.