Before the release of Captain America: Civil War, it was announced Chadwick Boseman would be introduced in the film for the first time as Black Panther, which would be followed by a Black Panther standalone film in 2018. At the point it was announced Black Panther would join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, many fans were excited. However, after Boseman’s stellar performance in Civil War, a great deal of anticipation has arisen as the character’s popularity has increased greatly.
Black Panther will be the Marvel hero’s first solo film and his second appearance in the MCU. It will be written and directed by Ryan Coogler, starring Chadwick Boseman along with Lupita Nyong’o and Michael B. Jordan, who were just recently added to the ensemble. Besides the fact that the three main actors and actresses who are already slated to appear in the film are either African or African American, Coogler is sure to add more to the cast. Two of Ryan Coogler’s most notable films, including Fruitvale Station and Creed, both featured diverse casts. While each film starred Michael B. Jordan, they are both also notable for featuring a strong African or African American ensemble of actors.
It was recently confirmed that Marvel Studios will adopt a similar casting method to Black Panther, in which the cast will consist of almost entirely African or African American actors and actresses. Executive producer Kevin Feige recently spoke on the matter, saying:
“That will be amongst the best ensembles we’ve ever had, and 90% of the cast is either African or African-American.”
This will surely be a groundbreaking feat, simply due to the fact that no other high-scale superhero movie has ever featured a predominately black cast, such as this one. If the film continues to cast actors and actresses such as Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong’o, the film will surely be among the most highly anticipated Marvel Cinematic Universe films to come. Along with this and Coogler’s excellent resume in film-making, Black Panther is shaping up to be an excellent film.