For years now, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been a staple of blockbuster films. Each year, audiences can count on new big superhero movies to look forward to. Black Panther, the first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to focus primarily on the superhero of the same name, and the seventeenth overall film installment in the MCU.
Black Panther first became a part of the Marvel Universe in the 1960s. He is the creation of famous comic book writer Stan Lee, and he was notable for being the first major black superhero in American comics. Since as early as the 1990s, there has been serious professional interest in adapting the Black Panther comics to film, but the interest never led to production. Now, with a series of major blockbuster successes under its belt, Marvel has finally decided to make a feature length Black Panther film.
The film follows Prince T’Challa, who has just become king of the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda after the death of his father. He possesses superhuman abilities, using them to fight crime under the alias of the Black Panther. Following the events of Captain America: Civil War, T’Challa returns to Wakanda to find warring factions that threaten his rule in the kingdom. When the two factions band together and turn against him, the Black Panther must team up with the C.I.A. in order to prevent Wakanda from entering into a global war.
Actor Chadwick Boseman, who also played the Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War, will continue in the role in this movie. Other major roles of his career so far have included Jackie Robinson in 42 and James Brown in Get on Up. He currently has a five-picture deal with Marvel and will appear in Avengers: Infinity War next year as well. Black Panther will be directed by Ryan Coogler, who has previously directed the films Fruitvale Station and Creed.
Alongside Boseman is a full cast of outstanding actors, including such big names as Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Martin Freeman, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis. While some of them are new to the Marvel Universe, others are reprising roles that they have played in previous Marvel titles. Such notable collections of talent have become pretty common for Marvel movies with the continuing success and popularity of the franchise, and they make this movie all the more exciting for film fans to enjoy.
But it’s not just big names or a big studio that have garnered special public attention for Black Panther. This is the first Marvel movie to feature a black man in the lead role, along with a predominantly black cast. This makes the film particularly meaningful for black comic fans who may have been hoping for greater representation in the Marvel Universe and superhero movies in general. Representation for minorities in popular media has been a major issue in the past few years, and many see this film as a sign of hope for greater representation for black people.
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