This year will mark the debut of the Black Panther becoming part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He is set to make his first appearance in Captain America: Civil War. Newcomer Chadwick Boseman has been cast to play the lead and it has just been recently confirmed that Creed director Ryan Coogler will direct the 2018 film. Most hardcore fans have been awaiting this moment to happen even before the announcement of Marvel's MCU Phase 3. And they should be rejoicing because this character is a significant one in the Marvel world and it is about time that he becomes part of a film franchise.
Marvel’s Black Panther was created by comics "Founding Fathers" writer Stan Lee and co-writer and penciler Jack Kirby. Since his debut in Fantastic Four # 52 he has gone on to have a loyal fan base. IGN even ranked him as #51 greatest superhero of all-time. Still, like many other marvel characters making their debut in the MCU Third Phase, not many new comic book readers are familiar with this character besides the basics: he's the rich king of an African nation called Wakanda and he's going to be an Avenger. Unfortunately not many people know more beyond those facts.
But we're here to help fill in the gaps. We have compiled a list of 15 interesting facts for any regular comic book fans and newbies who want to know a bit more about the superhero. By the end, you may be a Black Panther expert in time for the new movie. Enjoy! And you can thank us later.
15 One of the Few Superheroes to Be Uninfected in Marvel Zombies
14 T’Challa’s Sister Is A Panther In Her Own Right
13 His First Issue Is Worth a Whopping $18,000
12 Black Panther’s Powers Are From a Heart-Shaped Herb
11 He Was Not Named After the Black Panther Movement
10 “Black Panther” Is Actually A Ceremonial Title
9 He Has An Oxford PH.D In Physics
8 He Was A Member Of Many Prominent Superhero Groups
7 He Has The Ability to Defeat Villains More Powerful Than He
6 His Ex-Wife is X-Men’s Storm
5 He’s Been Adapted for Animated Films Since The 90s
4 Wesley Snipes Was Close To Making A Black Panther Movie
3 The Black Panther Used Aliases and Had Regular Jobs
2 His Arch Nemesis Was Played by Andy Serkis in Age of Ultron
1 The Black Panther Is The First Black Superhero in Mainstream Comics
Despite the fact that there were other black comic book characters before him, the Black Panther is the first to succeed in the mainstream comic book world. In the 1950s, there was "Awake", who made an appearance in Atlas Comics. Then there was "Lobo" from Dell Comics who debuted one year before Marvel’s character. However these guys weren’t considered superheroes. Other black superheroes like Luke Cage, Storm, and John Stewart are successful because of the prominence of The Black Panther. His solo film will mark a first for a black comic book character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Sources: Wikipedia, Marvel Directory
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