Plans for a movie based on Marvel’s character, Black Panther, have been around for a long time but have never come to light. There have been a number of failed attempts to get it made, with one attempt for Artisan/ Lionsgate due to star Wesley Snipes as the Black Panther. However, with Marvel constantly hinting at characters to come in their movies, there have been clues as to the coming of the Black Panther. Most notably, in Iron Man 2 where a map of the Black Panthers secretive home nation of Wakanda appeared.
While talk of a Black Panther movie has been around for quite some time, no one is confirming anything about the film actually getting made, until now…
Marvel founder Stan Lee may have dropped the ball on the Black Panther movie over the weekend, and judging by how he announced it, this was a total accident.
Speaking at the Fan Expo Canada on Friday (via Comic Book Resources), Lee was asked about a Black Widow stand alone film, which would naturally star Scarlett Johansson. Fans are crying out for this particular character to get her own film (who wouldn’t want two hours of Johannson in tight leather!), and fans are also hungry for any Black Panther news. Over to you then Stan:
“The chances are she will have her own movie because eventually all the superheroes are going to have their own movies. They are already working on Ant-Man, Doctor Strange and the Black Panther, and there are others I am not allowed to talk about.”
While nothing has either been confirmed or denied by Disney and Marvel, this could either have been a mixup on Lee’s part, or a huge mistake by revealing one of Marvel’s secret projects. They certainly have enough dates booked in to be able to accommodate a Black Panther movie, and here is exactly how Marvel’s schedule looks right now:
- Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015
- Ant-Man on July 17, 2015
- Captain America 3 on May 6, 2016
- Untitled on July 8, 2016 (possibly Dr Strange)
- Untitled on May 5, 2017
- July 28, 2017- Guardians of the Galaxy 2
- November 3, 2017
- May 4, 2018
- July 6, 2018
- November 2, 2018
- May 3, 2019
The Black Panther, real name T’Challa, is an African Prince who becomes a hero as part of his Royal Family’s legacy. Interestingly, in the comics, the Black Panther ends up marrying X-Men’s Storm, and he’s also been prominently featured in the animated adventures of the superhero team that predate The Avengers movie.