“One of the things that was so satisfying about [Captain America] Civil War was, of course, The Black Panther.” ~ Kevin Fiege, p.g.a. Producer, President Marvel Studios.
Get Caught Up On The Black Panther
The Black Panther was created in the early 60’s. The character was created by writer-editor Stan Lee and writer-artist Jack Kirby, first appearing in Fantastic Four #52 (July 1961) but didn’t star in his own comic book until 1973! The Black Panther title is a hereditary title passed down through the ruling family of the Panther Tribe who govern the independent African nation of Wakanda.
T’Challa earned both the right to rule and the Black Panther persona (as well as the powers that come with it, gained from eating a mysterious plant poisonous to many non-Wakandans) from his father, T’Chaka.
Wakanda is not just some remote African village, in the Marvel world it is one of the most technologically advanced countries on the planet.
The Black Panther Movie Synopsis
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 succeed to the throne and 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.
See how The Black Panther went from page to screen in this Marvel Studios featurette:
Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER opens in theaters everywhere on February 16th!
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