I have always wondered if there was ever a black superhero who could compete with the likes of Superman. Would have he have super strength? Would he be able to fly? Would he have a tragic backstory that inspires him to become a hero who fights crime at night?
After doing some research, I found out that there is such a superhero who is black and is incredibly strong, agile, and inspirational to all people: The Black Panther.
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So you could imagine my surprise and excitement when Stan Lee revealed that MARVEL studios was going to make an epic film about the black crusader.
According to Sean O'Connell of Cinema Blend, Stan Lee was speaking at the Fan Expo Canada via Comic Book Sources, and let it slip that the Black Panther movie was indeed happening. When addressing the question of whether or not Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow character soon will get her own solo movie, Lee explained:
The chances are she will have her own movie because eventually all the superheroes are going to have their own movies. They are already working on
, and the
, and there are others I am not allowed to talk about.”
Does Stan Lee know for sure that Black Panther is next? It’s highly likely that he’s at least aware that Black Panther is capable of carrying his own film, and is a part of MARVEL’s Phase Three.
Who is Black Panther?
Black Panther aka T'Challa is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The Black Panther was created by Stan Lee and illustrator Jack Kirby. He first appeared in Fantastic Four #52 (July 1966). He was the front runner for many African-American superheroes, such as Marvel Comics' the Falcon and Luke Cage, and DC Comics' Tyroc, Black Lightning, and Green Lantern John Stewart. The Black Panther made superhero history in 1966 because at the time, there were no black heroes before him and none with actual superpowers.
7 Reasons Why Black Panther is So Awesome
1) He is a leader. The Black Panther is the ceremonial title given to the chief of the Panther Tribe of the advanced African nation of Wakanda. In addition to ruling the country, he is also chief of its various tribes (collectively referred to as the Wakandas).
2) He has unique superpowers. As chief of the Panther tribe, he has to eat a special Heart-Shaped Herb, which grants him superhumanly acute senses and increases his strength, speed, stamina, reflexes, and agility to Olympic-levels. His powers have a strong connection to a Panther god, granting him an inhuman and strong physique as well as a resistance to magic. His senses are so powerful that he can pick up a prey's scent and memorize tens of thousands of individual ones.
3) He is a genius. He earned a Ph.D. in Physics from Oxford University, which makes him extremely knowledgeable in physics and advanced technology. He is also a brilliant inventor.
4) His legacy will never end. With each passing generation of the Black Panther legacy, each person is granted the strength and knowledge of every past Black Panther.
5) His workout regime is like no other! He is a rigorously trained gymnast and acrobat and is a master in various African martial arts, contemporary martial arts, and fighting styles that belong to no known disciplines.
6) He is arguably as rich as Iron Man. The chieftain of the Wakandan Panther Clan is one of the wealthiest people in the world because Wakanda's vast vibranium reserves and extremely advanced technologies.
7) He has cool gadgets like Batman. As part of his day-to-day arsenal, he uses an energy dagger, a vibranium-weave suit, and a portable supercomputer, the "Kimoyo card". He has tough but light armor and at one time, he had a sword called the Ebony Blade of the Black Knight. How cool is that?!
Why should Black Panther have his own film?
He should have his own film because he stands out from the crowd. He is not like Superman who wants to blend in with everyone else. He is not like Batman, who fights crime at night but is ashamed to show people who he really is. He is proud of who he is and is not afraid to show his strength and his superhuman abilities to anyone who may challenge him. He's not afraid of the outside world. He is definitely a great role model for young black men because we live in a world where seeing positive images of themselves on television or movies is like finding a needle in a haystack: it rarely happens. The Black Panther gives hope and inspiration to everyone because he is intelligent, strong, and stands for what’s right.
Who is going to be playing the Black Panther?
Now who is going to play this amazing superhero on the big screen? Get On Up and 42 star Chadwick Boseman!
For those who don’t know him, he has made some incredible strides in black film history. He played the late and great James Brown in the 2014 biographical film, Get On Up, where it chronicled James Brown’s rise from extreme poverty to extreme fame to become one of the most influential musicians in history. Boseman also channeled Jackie Robinson in the 2013 biopic, 42, where he became the first black baseball player to ever play in Major League Baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Now he is going to break another record by becoming the first black superhero with his own solo movie!
In real life, Chadwick Boseman is just like the Black Panther in more ways than one. According to IMDB.com, he graduated from Howard University in Washington, DC and the British American Dramatic Academy at Oxford, England. Not only did he graduate from one college, he graduated from two of them! Genius? Check!
IMDB.com stated that growing up in Anderson, South Carolina, Boseman excelled in basketball. At age 31, he still plays pick-up games, and also boxes. He also played Little League baseball as a kid. Sports fanatic? Check!
People have told him, 'You don't need to do any more biopics. You don't need to play any more real people.' He doesn’t agree with that. He is a man who makes his own rules and walks to the beat of his own drum. Leader? Check!
If this doesn’t convince you that Chadwick Boseman is the best man for the leading role in Black Panther, I don’t know what will!
Boseman is going to be introduced as the Black Panther in the film, Captain America: Civil War. He was announced in the coveted superhero role, but little is known about when and how we’ll first encounter him in the film. Captain America: Civil War is already going to be an incredible fight to the death between sarcastic and egotistical Iron Man and the humble and patriotic Avenger, but throw Black Panther into the mix and everyone is going to be on the edge of their seats!
Captain America: Civil War will feature an international incident involving the new Avengers team that leads to a fight among friends. In an interview with SuperHeroHype, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said,
“In the case of
, we needed a third party, we needed a character who wasn’t on either Captain America or Iron Man’s side, which is why we went, ‘You know what? We’re doing a
movie, but it would actually be smart to have him fill this role we need in
and introduce him here first.’ So it always just depends on the story and the way we want to tell the story'.”
We don’t know what Black Panther’s motivations actually are in this film, but his role proves to be so important that MARVEL decided to have him show up long before his solo debut.
Watch Captain America: Civil War to find out what Black Panther’s motives will be and if he will choose sides in this epic adventure, which hits theaters on May 6, 2016. Once you figure that out, get ready for his solo movie, Black Panther, coming out July 6, 2018!