We’ve had several different forms of comic book news this week. From the talks of page one rewrites for the DC film, The Flash, to the news that Ben Affleck will no longer be directing the solo Batman film. Even Marvel has had some piece of the pie, announcing their cast choices for their upcoming Cloak and Dagger series. It seems that the information flow never stops, as we hear news that Marvel has commenced production on the film that many fans have been anticipating since its lead character’s debut in 2016’s Civil War: Black Panther.
According to a press announcement released earlier this week, Marvel Studios has begun production on Black Panther, the tale of the tribal warrior King of Wakanda. The film boasts an incredible cast of actors and actresses, including Chadwick Boseman (Captain America: Civil War, Get on Up), Michael B. Jordan (Creed, Fruitvale Station), Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, 12 Years a Slave), Danai Gurira ( AMC’sThe Walking Dead, upcoming All Eyez on Me), Martin Freeman (Hobbit trilogy, Sherlock), Daniel Kaluuya (upcoming Get Out, Sicario), with Academy Award nominee Angela Bassett (American Horror Story, London Has Fallen), with Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Lee Daniels’ The Butler), and Andy Serkis (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star Wars: The Force Awakens). Director Ryan Coogler will be shooting the film in Atlanta and South Korea.
This film follows T’Challa who, after the events of Captain America: Civil War, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.
This film marks the final stretch of Marvel’s Phase Three plan, with having only Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Captain Marvel to follow after. With the exceptional performance by Boseman in Civil War, high expectations are set for the unique film and what it has to offer in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.