The character of T’Challa, aka Black Panther, was one of the standout aspects of Captain America: Civil War for many fans, and we’ll be getting an in-depth look at the character in his upcoming standalone film.

Seasoned actor, Forest Whitaker, who has a role in the film, took a few minutes to explain how family is really an integral part of the movie’s main storyline:

“It’s a big deal…. it’s a lot about family and extended families and community. First family, then tribe, and then community. And I think that’s a big part of it, the historical significance. [T’Challa] is from a princely line. He is a king. He is born into it in that way. And I think that in itself — that DNA — is about family.”

Chadwick Boseman, the lead star, has stated that his character constantly looks up to his mother (played by Angela Bassett) as his wise advising counselor. Marvel films have always had that focus on something larger in theme than the immediate action, and it sounds as if  Black Panther will be no different. We’ll certainly find out on February 16.

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