In Captain America: Civil War, Chadwick Boseman made his debut as Black Panther/T'Challa, and in the mid-credits scene, we even got our first glimpse of the technologically-advanced nation of Wakanda. That type of introduction is rare for Marvel Studios as they normally introduce a major character with their own solo film before bringing them into an ensemble superhero movie.
Marvel boss Kevin Feige dropped by The Empire Film Podcast recently and explained why he chose to introduce Black Panther in Civil War, and he also discussed the character's upcoming solo film and its cast.
"That will be amongst the best ensembles we've ever had," Feige said of the Black Panther cast, "and 90% of the cast is either African or African-American."
The cast is off to a great start. Aside from Boseman, the past few days have revealed that Michael B. Jordan (Fantastic Four) and Lupita Nyong'o (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) are joining the cast.
You can listen to Feige's Black Panther comments, starting at the 52-minute mark, in the audio player below.
Black Panther will slash into theaters on February 16, 2018, and will start shooting in early 2017. It is being directed and co-written by Creed and Fruitvale Station filmmaker, Ryan Coogler.
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