For nearly 52 years, the historic first black superhero has stood as a symbol of power, hope, and possibility, and when the Black Panther movie opens next month, Marvel will begin a new chapter for T’Challa and the people of Wakanda.
But first, filmmaker Ryan Coogler, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige and Stan Lee, who co-created Panther with the late Jack Kirby, are taking a look back on the history of this groundbreaking hero in a new video exploring how the comics have inspired the Feb. 16 movie.
“You want the wow factor, but it’s not just stuff blowing up. It’s definitely a character piece,” says Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman.
The video begins with the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of the character, who first turned up as a conflicted third party caught between the warring factions of good guys in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War.
We know T’Challa and his fellow Wakandan warriors continue the good fight in May’s Avengers: Infinity War, so it’s a safe bet that Black Panther will be saving the world a lot as we venture into the next several phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.