9/04/2014

Black Panther (Source Seattle Pi)
Do we finally have confirmation of a Black Panther live-action movie? Stan Lee was at Fan Expo Canada and was asked about a solo Black Widow movie. "We haven't made a Black Widow movie but she's been in some of our movies, and she will be featured more prominently as we move forward." Lee said "And the chances are she will have her own movie because eventually all the superheroes are going to have their own movies. They are already working on Ant-Man, Dr. Strange and the Black Panther and there are others I am not allowed to talk about."

We know Ant-Man is coming next year and Marvel is actively working on a Dr. Strange movie, but no one else has gone on record that Marvel’s making a movie.

T’Challa is the name of an African king of the fictional country of Wakanda. His character first appeared in Fantastic Four #52 (1966) and is the first black superhero in mainstream American comics. He was given the ceremonial title "Black Panther" as chieftain of the Wakandan Panther Clan. He wears a black cat uniform and has superhuman senses, Olympic-level strength, speed, reflexes, stamina, and agility thanks to his eating a sacred Heart-Shaped Herb. He’s a genius and has a Ph.D. in Physics from Oxford University. Black Panther has access to vibranium, a meteorite that absorbs vibrations and wears a vibranium uniform, boots, claws and other equipment.

While I think it's awesome and long overdue I just don't believe that Stan Lee is official confirmation. For one thing his role in the Marvel comics company is mainly as a figurehead.

Plus, while Stan is "The Man" we can’t really say that he has much to do with the Marvel Cinematic Universe either. There are a bunch of times he didn’t know what role he has in the movies. Time and again he says he doesn’t know if he even has a cameo, much less a knowledge of the upcoming movies. On the other hand, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created the character, so he would know more about that character than anyone else. We’ve been hearing about a Black Panther movie since 1992 and last year Marvel President Kevin Feige said, "And in terms of Black Panther, it's absolutely in development. And when you have something as rich as Wakanda and his backstory and clearly vibranium's been introduced in the [Marvel Cinematic] Universe already.... I don't know when it will be exactly, but ... we have plans to bring him to life someday."

Marvel has released their schedule of upcoming movies and there are a number of unnamed movies coming up. There are rumors that Wakanda is going to have a role in Avengers: Age of Ultron next year.

While it’s exciting, and long overdue, we’re going to wait for an official press release from Marvel or Kevin Feige before we get too excited.

Via io9

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4 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Stan might have inside information, but you're right, I want official word from Marvel first.

MarkM said...

I'd love to see a BP movie, but yeah....I'm going to have to wait for something official to get too excited :)

Lady Lilith Bloodcrave said...

Sonds like it would be good.

Tom Badguy said...

I would be down for this. Black Panther is one of the most underrated comic book heroes.

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