Black Panther

Release Date:  2/16/18
Genre: Action
Rating: Not Available
Studio: Marvel Studios, Walt Disney Pictures
Director:  Ryan Coogler

Cast:  Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/Black Panther), Michael B. Jordan (Erik Killmonger), Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Martin Freeman (Everett K. Ross), Daniel Kaluuya (W’Kabi), Angela Bassett (Ramonda), Forest Whitaker (Zuri), Andy Serkis (Ulysses Klaue/Klaw), Florence Kasumba (Ayo), John Kani (King T’Chaka), Winston Duke (M’Baku/Man-Ape), Sterling K. Brown (N’Jobu), Letitia Wright (Shuri).

Story:  Black Panther follows T’Challa, who, after the events of Captain America: Civil War, returns home to the isolated, technologically-advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.  Source:  Black Film.

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Details: Black Film posted on 6/9/17 that Chadwick Boseman will star as the title hero while Michael B. Jordan will play Erik Killmonger. Lupita Nyong’o is Nakia (a former member of Wakanda’s Dora Milaje, now an agent of Killmonger), and Danai Gurira as Okoye (a member of the Dora Milaje, the all-female security for the King of Wakanda). Winston Duke has the role of the villain M’Baku, aka Man-Ape. Andy Serkis will reprise his role as Ulysses Claw from Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Whitaker will play the role of Zuri, an elder stateman in Wakanda. Kasumba will reprise her “Captain America: Civil War” role as Ayo, a member of the Dora Milaje. Kaluuya will play T’Challa confidant W’Kabi while Brown will play N’Jobu, a figure from T’Challa’s past.

The Black Panther was created by Stan Lee and the character fought alongside Captain America, The Avengers and The Fantastic Four. The Black Panther is considered the first black hero in mainstream comics.

On 10/28/14, Variety reported, after breaking out as Jackie Robinson and James Brown in 42 and Get On Up, Chadwick Boseman has a new high-profile role to play: T’Challa, otherwise known as the superhero Black Panther.

The character is notable for being the first black superhero in mainstream American comic books. The king of the fictional nation of Wakanda, T’Challa joined the Avengers in 1968. He will be prominently featured in costume for the first time in Captain America: Civil War, to be released May 6, 2016, before being spun off into his own film on November 3, 2017.

The Civil War is a big storyline, based on all of the other Marvel films, particularly Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Wakanda has the world’s largest deposits of vibranium, a highly durable meteoric ore that is used to create the mesh in Black Panther’s costume and Captain America’s shield. The material will play a larger role in future Marvel movies. But so will Black Panther, a character that has long been in Marvel’s plans as a potential franchise.

After Black Panther, the character is also expected to join the rest of the Avengers in sequels to that franchise, which is being broken up into two films in 2018 and 2019. Boseman has inked a five-picture deal with Marvel, according to sources.  Source:  Variety.