Marvel rolled out a lot of big movie announcements today, and one of the biggest introduced us to the big-screen Black Panther.
In a special presentation in Los Angeles earlier today, Marvel Studios blew fans and journalists alike away by unveiling its entire "Phase Three" slate of films, spanning all the way to spring 2019. The announcements included an official Doctor Strange release date, a Captain Marvel movie, two more Avengers films and, of course, Black Panther.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed that Black Panther will be released on Nov. 3, 2017. We don't know much about the plot yet, but here's what Feige had to say about the movie's story:
"He’s a bit of a prince, he may even become a bit of a king, but it’s all about how this isolationist country meets the world. Maybe it goes well, maybe it doesn’t.”
Things got even more exciting when Feige said that film won't actually be the first time we see T'Challa. He'll actually debut more than a year earlier in Captain America: Civil War, which will be released on May 6, 2016. Feige also teased that something he'd already shown the crowd "contains an easter egg that leads directly into Black Panther." Since the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer was shown at the event, that seemed to confirm speculation that there were Black Panther hints in the trailer. In a Q&A with press after the event, Feige confirmed that Wakanda is indeed part of the Avengers sequel.
Feige confirms Wakanda is in ULTRON. TOLDJA. Expect Inhumans too. #MarvelEvent— Devil Faraci (@devincf) October 28, 2014
But even that's not all the Black Panther goodness we got today. Marvel also announced that T'Challa will be played by Chadwick Boseman, a critically acclaimed actor best known for his recent roles as Jackie Robinson in 42 and James Brown in Get On Up who'd been reported as one of Marvel's possible choices for the role last year. During the Civil War announcement, Boseman actually joined fellow Marvel stars Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans onstage.
But wait, there's more! Marvel also unveiled concept art for the character in full costume. Check it out:
So, on the Black Panther front, we got his first appearance alongside Cap and Iron Man, his first solo film, the actor who'll be playing him and a costume design. Not a bad day for T'Challa fans.