Chadwick Boseman Confirmed for Marvel's 'Black Panther' for 2017
It's official! After years of speculation, Marvel Studios has officially announced and confirmed that actor Chadwick Boseman (seen in 42 as Jackie Robinson as well as Get on Up and Draft Day) will play Black Panther in an upcoming movie now set for late 2017. The announcement was featured as part of Marvel's Phase 3 and revealed during the "Marvel Event" on Tuesday at Disney's El Capitan in Los Angeles. Boseman will be introduced as Black Panther in the third Captain America movie, announced as Captain America: Civil War (oooh sounds fun), and he made an appearance with Robert Downey Jr. (also appearing in Cap 3) and Chris Evans, Cap himself, at the event to help promote the news - see photos + concept art below.
This isn't actually the first time we've heard of Boseman in the running, as rumors have been swirling since 2013 when Boseman was apparently leading the shortlist for the role. Marvel's Black Panther is one of those movies that we've been hearing about for years and years, with other names like Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (from G.I. Joe, Thor: The Dark World) and Djimon Hounsou once linked to the role before, though they have each ended up in other Marvel Studios movies between Thor and Guardians. But with a whole new era, or "Phase" as they call it, of movies to follow Guardians this is one of the few that I'm actually really looking forward to seeing. More for the solo film than his intro in Cap 3, but I'm curious to see how it ties together.
Here's a look at some concept art from the Marvel Event showing Black Panther's costume in the movie:
— Ryan Penagos (@AgentM) October 28, 2014
During the Marvel Event at the El Capitan, Boseman came to the stage and was joined by Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans. To get more people into the character, it sounds like Black Panther will have a "big" part in Captain America 3, set for release at the start of the summer on May 6th, 2016. After appearing on stage, RDJ tweeted out an introduction and included a few candid shots of everyone on stage and backstage:
— Nerdist.com (@NerdistDotCom) October 28, 2014
— Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) October 28, 2014
Aside from his appearance in Captain America 3, details on the actual solo Black Panther movie are just now coming together. The only thing confirmed: the release date - November 3rd, 2017, over three years to go. So, we've got a long ways to wait, but at least we'll get some Black Panther in 2016. During the press event Q&A, when asked about a director for this movie, Feige reportedly stated (via @colliderfrosty): "they are meeting with Reggie Hudlin soon for BLACK PANTHER but they [are] meeting with a lot of people so don't assume he is doing it." Reggie Hudlin is a filmmaker who made House Party back in the 90s and directed some episodes of "The Bernie Mac Show", mostly doing random TV work nowadays. We'll have to wait for the actual confirmation on a director, but in the meantime the date, casting and title are confirmed.
— Ryan Penagos (@AgentM) October 28, 2014
Stay tuned for more from Marvel as they head into Phase 3. See the full line-up from the Marvel Event.
Update! Here's another interesting tidbit. Commenting on the casting, Deadline adds: "I hear he's signed a lucrative five-film deal that begins with 2016's Captain America: Civil War [and] continues through Marvel's just-unveiled Phase 3 lineup." Wow, so that's a lot more than just Cap 3 and Black Panther solo, perhaps the next two back-to-back Avengers: Infinity War movies. He's definitely set. Feige: "We're looking for the best directors possible," they quote him saying, adding another bit about Hudlin: "Reggie I've known for many years and is a great guy — I think I’m meeting him again shortly." That's the latest from the trades.
Black Panther is a superhero who first appeared in Marvel's "Fantastic Four" comics in 1966. He was the first prominent black superhero in comic history and the first to get his own comic book. The title of "Black Panther" is a rank of chieftain of the Wakandan Panther Clan. As chieftain, the Panther has superhumanly acute senses (especially eyesight, night vision, and sense of smell) and an increase in strength, speed, and stamina. Hollywood has been trying to make a Black Panther movie for many years, with early versions in development involving Wesley Snipes that never actually went into production. We may finally, after all this time, actually get to see a Black Panther movie. Only three more years to go. Satisfied with this casting?