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.

Black Panther
Directed by Ryan Coogler, the 2018 superhero film is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name and stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, the king who rules over the Afrofuturist paradise of Wakanda.
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