“Well, this cast is astounding,” Feige said. “Our director Ryan Coogler… The day we hired him and the day the deal was done, he sent me a picture, and it was a picture of he and his then-fiancee at the comic book shop in his hometown holding a Black Panther comic. That was the comic shop he used to go to as a kid and read these stories. This movie finally coming to life is a dream come true. In a lot of ways, it feels like a highlight of my time at Marvel.”
Kevin Fiege continues with mention that Black Panther isn’t going to be a slow film like some other origin stories are.
“It’s great. Whenever we do a Part 1, a first story, sometimes there is a slower burn, and people start to get used to the idea and used to who this new character is,” Feige offered. “That has not been the case with this at all. Obviously Chadwick’s role in Civil War really helped to establish him as this character, but there is a bent up love of this character going on fifty-plus years, and I’m so happy we are doing it, and that finally today people get to see the movie.”
Kevin Feige also says Black Panther has real world appeal.
“The feedback we are getting, not from just the United States, but from Asia and all over Eurpose and all over the world, they want to see this character,” Feige said. “And not just this character, but the cast and this world, because in this film we go to this unseen side of Africa called Wakanda, and it is more advanced than anything you have ever seen. We have this wonderful movie that is equal parts real culture, equal parts comic book fantasy, into something wholly unique.”
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Black Panther has a February 16, 2018 release starring Chadwick Boseman (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Get on Up”), Michael B. Jordan (“Creed,” “Fruitvale Station”), Academy Award winner LupitaNyong’o (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “12 Years a Slave”), Danai Gurira (“The 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”). Additional cast members include Letitia Wright (“Urban Hymn,” “Glasgow Girls”), Winston Duke (“Person of Interest, “Modern Family”), Florence Kasumba (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Emerald City”), Sterling K. Brown (“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”) and John Kani (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Coriolanus”).
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.