Chadwick Boseman Will Play Black Panther; Movie Coming in 2017

Marvel announced on Tuesday that actor Chadwick Boseman will play Black Panther and star in his own film in 2017…

The Marvel Universe is growing.

On Tuesday, Marvel president Kevin Feige announced that actor Chadwick Boseman — best known for his roles in “42” and “Get On Up” — will play T’Challa aka The Black Panther in a new film slated to be released on November 3, 2017.

“I’m blessed to be apart of this Marvel Universe, to work with you both, and to make magic together,” Boseman said on Tuesday when appearing on stage with Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr.

Before he debuts in his own movie, Boseman will actually first appear as The Black Panther in the upcoming sequel “Captain America 3: Civil War”.

The Black Panther is an iconic Marvel character first created in 1966 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. He’s known as the king of the African country of Wakanda and has been a member of The Avengers for decades.

The original comic book story for Civil War pits hero against hero after the controversial superhero registration act is enacted where the Federal government tries to enforce a law in which all super powered individuals must reveal their true identities. The two sides at odds are led by Tony Stark aka Iron Man, who believes in the law and Steve Rogers aka Captain America, who is adamantly against it.

Black Panther sides with Captain America in the comic books so it’s likely he’ll be a major character involved in the upcoming film before he stars in his own vehicle a year later.

Marvel released concept art for the character in the film, which you can see below.

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