Black Panther: Origins of Mythic Movie

Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” tells the story of T’Challa, a young African prince who takes on the mantle of King and Super Hero, and the old legacy that comes with it.

Marvel Comics has introduced its audiences to a diverse roster of Super Heroes since 1939, most notably with the groundbreaking Black Panther character that made its first appearance in “Fantastic Four Vol. 1” Issue 52, published in 1966.

Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s Black Panther was soon established as a fan favorite, crossing racial and cultural lines.  The imagery of a regal African King and his Super Hero alter ego continued to resonate with fans over the years.

The phenom resulted in new “Black Panther” publications, most recently from filmmaker Reginald Hudlin and author-journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates.

In 2016, the Marvel Cinematic Universe welcomed T’Challa/Black Panther and introduced him to its massive fan base in “Captain America: Civil War,” the record-breaking hit film that pitted the Avengers against one another.

Marvel Studios president and “Black Panther” producer Kevin Feige says, “The diversity in the Marvel Cinematic Universe goes back to the Marvel comics. I’ve always said we’re just trying to emulate what the comics have been doing so well for so many decades and one of those things is representing society as it exists. When the Black Panther character debuted in the ‘60s it was a daring move for the Marvel bullpen of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby to introduce this new character, an African character who is smarter than many of our other heroes and is stronger than most of our other heroes. To be able to put that on the big screen fifty years later is incredibly exciting for us.”

Over the years, there were many plans for rolling out a “Black Panther” chapter, and it ultimately came to fruition when Feige showcased Black Panther in “Civil War” as a springboard for a stand-alone feature.  His action garnered thunderous response from fans who were drawn to the cool, young prince whose alter ego was an equally effective enforcer.

It further solidified the Marvel Studios’ commitment to explore all facets of the Marvel Cinematic Universe while satisfying a savvy fan base spanning both the comic and film genres.

“It’s been a long time coming,” says Feige of Marvels Studios’ newest and most intriguing addition to the MCU.  “Now that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is so well-known, it is something that audiences understand, enjoy and genuinely like.  I think what people enjoy most about the MCU is that they’re all different. We try to make all of these films stand apart, and with ‘Black Panther’ we have a project unlike anything we’ve done before. We are introducing a Super Hero from a country in the middle of Africa that has been shrouded in secrecy for centuries and then pulling back those layers to find this highly-advanced nation that surpasses anything on the planet.”

Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to take his rightful place as King. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

Stellar Cast

“Black Panther” stars Chadwick Boseman (“Captain America: Civil War,”  “Get on Up”), Michael B. Jordan (“Creed,” “Fruitvale Station”), Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “12 Years a Slave”), Danai Gurira (“The Walking Dead,” “All Eyez on Me”), Martin Freeman (“The Hobbit” trilogy, “Sherlock”), Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out,” “Sicario”), Letitia Wright (“Urban Hymn,” “Glasgow Girls”), Winston Duke (“Person of Interest, “Modern Family”), with Oscar nominee Angela Bassett (“American Horror Story,” “London Has Fallen”), Oscar winner winner Forest Whitaker (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” Lee Daniels’ “The Butler”) and Andy Serkis (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens).

Ryan Coogler (“Creed,” “Fruitvale Station”) directs from a screenplay he wrote with Joe Robert Cole (“The People v. O.J. Simpson:  American Crime Story”).

Kevin Feige is producer with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Jeffrey Chernov and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.

The “Black Panther” creative team includes frequent Coogler collaborators: Oscar-nominated director of photography Rachel Morrison, ASC (“Dope,” “Fruitvale Station”), production designer Hannah Beachler (“Creed,” “Fruitvale Station”), editor Michael P. Shawver (“Creed,” “Fruitvale Station”) and composer Ludwig Göransson (“Creed,” “Fruitvale Station”); along with editor Debbie Berman (“Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “Timeless”), costume designer Ruth E. Carter (“Selma,” Lee Daniels’ “The Butler”), Academy Award®–winning makeup designer Joel Harlow (“Star Trek Beyond,” “Black Mass”), visual effects supervisor Geoffrey Baumann (“Doctor Strange,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron”) and eight-time Academy Award® nominee/special effects supervisor Dan Sudick (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Marvel’s The Avengers”).

“Black Panther” hits U.S. theaters February 16, 2018.