Kevin Feige drops Black Panther details


2016 is the year of Captain America: Civil War which means audiences will get to see more than just the Avengers domestic tension. We’ll also get our first glimpse of Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa aka Black Panther leading up to the character’s solo film in 2018. However, just before the new year started, president of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, spoke to media briefly about what audiences can expect from the film for the first time.

Black Panther will be the last movie of Marvel’s phase three before the big two-part Avengers: Infinity War event. Theories continue to swirl that this two-part event will see the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy, along with characters from all the over Marvel films, join forces to fight Thanos. So it should not come as a surprise that Black Panther is theorized to set up the final piece of this puzzle. “This one is important,” said Feige. “It’s a big geo-political action adventure that focuses on the family and royal struggle of T’Challa in Wakanda, and what is means to be a king. T’Challa’s story is very important to us as it links to the next Avengers films, which is why we brought it forward.” Feige is referencing how Black Panther‘s release date was pushed back when Spider-Man was announced earlier this year to be released as part of phase four, but then moved back to be included in phase 3.

This assuages the fear of some fan who were worried that Wakanda would not be the film’s primary setting. Feige assured that Black Panther will have a “primarily African-American cast,” and Creed director Ryan Coogler is in line to direct. “Not only do you get an unbelievable lead character, but you also get all of Wakanda which is a whole new setting and culture to explore.”

So far, it looks like nothing but good news. Marvel doesn’t appear to be shying away from the character’s roots and I personally can’t wait for their first lead protagonist of colour on screen. What we see of T’Challa in Captain America: Civil War on May 6th will have to last us until Black Panther (hopefully) hits theaters February 16, 2018.

Are you excited for Black Panther? How do you think he’ll play a role in the lead up to Infinity War? Let us know in the comments!

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