The character of Black Panther/T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) had a phenomenal introduction in Marvel‘s Captain America: Civil War. Even by the multiple trailers released for the film showed a type of hero that seemed very unique to what the Marvel Cinematic Universe had incorporated before. T’Challa comes from African descent, and at least in the case of Civil War‘s plot, comes to the United States and ends up getting involved in a massive conflict. He was highly praised by both critics and fans, and fortunately we will be seeing more of him in the near future.
Like almost all of the major characters within the MCU, Black Panther is also getting his own standalone film coming in early 2018. Marvel President Kevin Feige has already raved about the great potential that the solo film has, and not only that, but the cast and crew that are joining the project is pretty spectacular. Ryan Coogler, known for last year’s Rocky sequel Creed, is helming the film, with Michael B. Jordan (Fantastic Four) and Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) attached to co-star. In a recent interview on The Empire Film Podcast (via Comicbook.com) Feige explained the want to keep the cultural and racial origins of the characters front-and-center, rather than going the typical Hollywood route.
That will be amongst the best ensembles we’ve ever had and 90% of the cast is either African or African-American.
It’s exciting to see such an all-star team behind the standalone, especially with where the story could take us within the Marvel world. The studio has already cast a great variety of actors, and has told a several diverse stories, which should only continue with Black Panther. Feige went on to discuss those intentions, both in the MCU and from the original source material.
It’s a step that Marvel took many years ago in the comics, as well. It felt like it’s more than time to do that in the movies.
Even though there hasn’t been many details about the plot yet, there’s still plenty of various characters, especially villains, that the film could include. It wouldn’t be at all surprising to see someone like Martin Freeman‘s character from Civil War Everett K. Ross pop up, but no matter what there should be some familiar faces that make up the remaining 10% of the cast.
Black Panther hits theaters on February 16, 2018.