There is an admirable steadiness and assuredness about German actress Florence Kasumba that is hard not admire. Kasumba, of course, is one of the actors who will appear in what is shaping up to be the year’s most anticipated film, Marvel’s “Black Panther.” Though this will be her biggest role yet in a superhero film, she has already made an impression on the Marvel Cinematic Universe fandom with one simple utterance, “Move or you will be moved.”

It is a promise of certain destruction she delivers with rich, dark, aplomb to Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff in 2016’s “Captain America: Civil War.” Kasumba will play that same character, Ayo, in the upcoming “Black Panther” film. Ayo is second in command of the Dora Milaje, an elite group of female bodyguards, who protect King T’Challa/Black Panther.

Florence Kasumba, is one of the stars of Marvel’s ‘Black Panther.’ (Courtesy photo)

We should probably expect nothing less than such equanimity from someone with an innate love of discipline. Kasumba reveals, “I was the kind of kid who loved to have a schedule and that has never changed. I remember that I had something every single day. I had orchestra rehearsal or saxophone rehearsal. There was always something.” Things haven’t changed much over the years. She states, “For me, what I like the most about the jobs I do is the preparation. I love preparation.”

When not performing, which often includes grueling, long days on set and learning lines, she loves to work out or as she puts it “train”. Of course. “There is only one thing I do in my free time,” she says, “And that’s train. I just love being physically active. At a certain point, I got interested in martial arts. I started with Qi Gong and I went from there to Kung Fu. Before I started filming “Black Panther,” I was doing Shaolin Kung Fu every single day.”

A statuesque beauty with enviable pillowy lips and sky high cheekbones, Kasumba is also known for her turns in NBC’s “Emerald City,” and the blockbuster “Wonder Woman.”  A middle child, she was born in Uganda but moved to Essen, Germany as a toddler. Though an African living in Germany, she says she never really felt out of place. “We grew up in Germany and that’s my home, my language. All my friends had a different backgrounds. My friends came from the Philippines and from Greece and Spain. It was normal that people had parents that were German and another nationality.”

Kasumba is also known for her extremely short, natural hairstyle. In something of a departure from the norm, the hairstyle was something she didn’t have to worry about for the filming of “Black Panther,” as opposed to other roles she has had. “Going into this movie, it was a requirement. Normally, you go through life and think about letting your hair grow because you get different opportunities, but then you get into a movie where women had to shave off their hair and that’s a big deal. If you wanted to be a Dora Milaje, the hair requirements were very clear when you signed your contract. With my African background, I see these hairstyles all the time in Europe or in Africa, but all of that in one movie is just so inspiring.”

Those familiar with “Black Panther” are aware that it is set in the fictional African country of Wakanda. At a recent roundtable discussion during New York City’s Schomburg Center’s Sixth Annual Black Comic Book Festival, Kasumba addressed how the film dealt with using a fictional language. She explained, “Marvel cast several actors with African backgrounds; in my case East Africa or my colleagues, who have family members that speak with an African accent. We grew up hearing it all the time. At the end of the day, we’re talking about women, who come from different Wakandan tribes, so it’s normal that they don’t have the same accent. But since we’re all from the same country, they had a dialect coach on set with us.”

Her colleagues on the movie were also part of what made filming “Black Panther” so special for her. Kasumba’s co-stars include Lupita Nyong’o (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”), Letitia Wright (“Black Mirror”), Sope Aluko (“Bloodline”), Angela Bassett (“9-1-1,” “How Stella Got Her Groove Back”), and Danai Gurira (“The Walking Dead”), although they don’t all play members of the Dora Milaje. Kasumba says, “When you train together and sweat together and feel the pain together, you grow as a group together and that was definitely my favorite part.”