“Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’: Everything We Know (and Don’t Know)”

“Marvel’s ambitious five-year plan for its Cinematic Universe features just about every significant superhero in existence. Already, we’ve seen Thor, Iron Man, Black Widow, the Hulk, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Vision, War Machine, Falcon, Ant-Man, and the Guardians of the Galaxy, with plenty more to come down the line. One such hero will be Black Panther, set to get his own titular movie in just a few years. As the chieftain of a fictional African nation, it’ll take the MCU into brand new territory, both ethnically and thematically.

We’re still a ways off from the official release, but already rumors are flying. In many ways, Black Panther will be unlike any Marvel movie we’ve ever seen. It’s that much stranger that the project has struggled the way it has to find a writer/director combo. We’ve collected all the relevant info concerning that search, as well as casting, plot, and lots more.

1. It will be set in the fictional nation of Wakanda

Wakanda - Marvel Comics, Black Panther

Wakanda is significant for a number of reasons in the Marvel universe. In the comics, it’s the most advanced nation in the world, featuring unhackable computer systems, unique technological designs, and the world’s only supply of vibranium, the rare metal used to make Captain America’s shield. You may also recall a brief mention of the nation in Avengers: Age of Ultron, when Ultron coated himself in vibranium taken from mysterious Ulysses Klaue (played by Andy Serkis).

Black Panther, known familiarly as T’Challa, is the chieftain of Wakanda, imbued with supernatural powers by the deities of his people. The comics are bit hazy as to the exact origin of his super strength, agility, speed, stamina, and reflexes, with the source changing throughout his publication’s history. All that aside, we’ll be diving headfirst into a part of the Marvel Universe we’ve only begun to scratch the surface of…”



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