And we have three words: Oh. My. God.
Hero. Legend. King. Marvel Comics’ BLACK PANTHER joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the eighteenth film installment of that series. The film is directed by Ryan Coogler from a screenplay by himself and Joe Robert Cole, and stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa / Black Panther, alongside Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis. In Black Panther, T’Challa returns home as king of Wakanda but finds his sovereignty challenged by a long-time adversary in a conflict that has global consequences.
Created by writer-editor Stan Lee and penciller and co-plotter Jack Kirby, he first appeared in Fantastic Four #52 (July 1966). He is the first black superhero in mainstream American comics, debuting years before such early African-American superheroes as Marvel Comics’ the Falcon (1969) and Luke Cage(1972), and DC Comics’ Green Lantern John Stewart (1971) and Black Lightning (1977).
This is exciting!