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Chadwick Boseman to Star in Marvel’s ‘Black Panther,’ Out February 2018*

'Black Panther' Movie Logo

‘Black Panther’ Movie Logo

At a mystery event on Tuesday, Marvel unveiled release dates and official logos for several highly anticipated forthcoming films, including Captain Marvel (July 16, 2018), Thor Ragnarok (July 28, 2017), and Black Panther (November 3, 2017 July 6, 2018 February 16, 2018).

It was also revealed that 42 and Get On Up star Chadwick Boseman would enter the Marvel Universe as Black Panther aka T’Challa, the first black superhero in mainstream American comics.

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Chadwick was welcomed by Iron Man Robert Downey, Jr. and Captain America Chris Evans, and official concept art was also released. A director for the film has not yet been selected.

'Black Panther' Concept Art by Ryan Meinerding

‘Black Panther’ Concept Art by Ryan Meinerding

According to Deadline, Chadwick has signed a lucrative five-film deal that begins with 2016’s Captain America: Civil War.

Taking Twitter by storm, the announcements follow Stan Lee‘s statements at Fan Expo Canada in August, when the 91-year-old former president and chairman of Marvel Comics said that live-actions films were in the works for Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, and Black Panther.

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However, despite fan excitement, Black Widow is not going to receive a solo feature, though she will continue to appear in The Avengers films.

Created by Lee alongside Jack Kirby, Black Panther hails from the fictional African nation of Wakanda, of which he eventually becomes king.

He first appeared in Fantastic Four #52 in July 1966, and traveled to New York City to join The Avengers in 1968. He was also once married to X-Men’s Storm, who is portrayed by Halle Berry.

Chadwick’s casting as Black Panther has been speculated for some time following the actor’s expression of interest in the role.

The break out star has previously played leading men in Brian Helgeland‘s Jackie Robinson biopic, 42 (2013) and Tate Taylor‘s James Brown feature, Get On Up (2014).

Full List of Confirmed Marvel Titles and Release Dates*

Ant-Man July 17, 2015
Captain America: Civil War May 6, 2016
Doctor Strange November 4, 2016
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 May 5, 2017
Thor: Raganork November 3, 2017
Black Panther February 16, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 May 4, 2018
Captain Marvel November 2, 2018
Inhumans July 12, 2019
Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 May 3, 2019

*Dates adjusted to reflect the newer new schedule.