T’Challa – better known to comic book fans as Black Panther – is set to make his debut appearance in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe this May when Captain America: Civil War premieres in theaters.
Chadwick Boseman (42 and James Brown biographical film Get on Up) is set to portray the King of Wakanda in both the upcoming Captain America film as well as the Black Panther solo film, due out in 2018. In Civil War, Black Panther is reportedly playing a neutral role amidst the two opposing teams (Team Cap versus Team Iron Man), although in trailers it seems he sides with
Cap Tony Stark’s team for awhile.
Civil War will also explore T’Challa’s home nation of Wakanda, according to directors Joe and Anthony Russo – possibly delving into the metal known as vibranium which is only found in the fictional African nation.
However, don’t expect too much of Wakanda to appear in the third Captain America film. That, along with Black Panther’s back story, including the death of his father T’Chaka will more than likely be explored in the upcoming stand alone film.
In fact, just recently, Marvel announced that Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station and Creed) will helm the director’s chair for the upcoming movie – slated for a February 16, 2018 release. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige had the following to say regarding the decision:
We are fortunate to have such an esteemed filmmaker join the Marvel family. The talents Ryan showcased in his first two films easily made him our top choice to direct Black Panther. Many fans have waited a long time to see Black Panther in his own film, and with Ryan we know we’ve found the perfect director to bring T’Challa’s story to life.
Thoughts? Concerns? Share them below.