A couple of weeks ago, Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios took center stage to announce release dates and titles for several upcoming films in their Marvel Cinematic Universe. For geeks like me, that day could not have come any sooner, I was so ready to finally hear what’s being announced. One film in particular excited me more than any other movie slated to be released. Marvel finally announced that they will release a Black Panther film within their cinematic universe, and the talented Chadwick Boseman has been cast as the title character.
If you’re unfamiliar with the character, he was created in 1966 by Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby, first appearing in issue #52 of Fantastic Four. A young African prince, T’Challa, takes on the ceremonial title of Black Panther after his father and King of Wakanda dies. Thing is, the title comes with a cool, slick black costume and a special herb which grants him superhuman strength, speed and agility at an Olympic level. If you want to read more about him, go to your local comic book store, which needs to be supported, and see if you can’t pick up some issues from Christopher Priest’s run on the character. Excellent work.
This was the first character of African descent to be created in superhero comics at that time. Chadwick Boseman might have a lot to live up to, but I’m sure the man will do just fine. His first big break was the 2013 film 42, where he played the legendary Jackie Robinson. I saw the film and thought he was good in the role. He then starred in this year’s Get On Up, where he played yet another legend, the Godfather of Soul James Brown. I saw that film and thought Chadwick Boseman was not only good but great. He wasn’t just doing an impression and mimicking his body language, he was completely lost in the role and unrecognizable. Maybe not an Oscar nomination, but I can possibly see a Golden Globe nod in the future for him. Basically, they picked the right guy to play Black Panther.
I’m just so excited for this character to finally star in his own film. He’s gonna be first introduced in Captain America: Civil War, so I’m hoping they’ll just skip the origin story and get straight to the action in his solo film. The Marvel Cinematic Universe needs more diversity in their leading roles, and thankfully getting a Captain Marvel film in the future with one of the greatest female characters in Marvel comics, Carol Danvers.
Overall, this is just great news. Marve Studios is currently making the best comicbook superhero adaptations and they have the best track record amongst any other studio. Them having this character and including him in this massive story they’ve been telling since 2008 can only bee good. We’re going to see a new face for these Marvel films, a character who is unlike any previous hero in this cinematic universe, and a great actor to play him.
All hail Marvel. Not Hydra. Peace.