Black Panther, Captain Marvel and the Inhumans are about to join other Marvel superheroes on the big screen in in 2015 through 2019, President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feig announced Tuesday in a press conference during an event at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, Calif.
The list of upgraded Marvel cinematic universe includes “Captain America: Civil War” and “Doctor Strange” in 2016; “Guardians of the Galaxy 2”, “Thor: Ragnarok” and “Black Panther” in 2017; “The Avengers: Infinity War — Part I”, “Captain Marvel” and “Inhumans” in 2018 and “The Avengers: Infinity War — Part II” in 2019.
The movies join next year highly anticipated “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Ant-Man.” The first Avengers, released in 2012, is the third-biggest movie of all time, behind Avatar and Titanic, with $1.52-billion in global ticket sales.
“When we have information we want to reveal, we reveal it,” Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige told fans and members of the media on stage at the El Capitan Theatre. “Sometimes that’s in a press release, sometimes that’s in San Diego Comic-Con — if everything comes together well — and sometimes that’s on a random Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the morning.”
Chadwick Boseman, who took the stage together with Iron Man and Captain America stars Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans, was announced as the actor who will portray Black Panther. He is best known for his portrayals of baseball legend Jackie Robinson in the movie “42” and iconic singer James Brown in the film “Get On Up.”
“I’m blessed to be part of this Marvel universe,” said Boseman, who will play the King of Wakanda, a fictitious African nation that’s the source of all the Earth’s “vibranium,” the element from which Captain America’s shield is made. “I look forward to making magic together.”
“What do you think: do you plan on drifting one way or the other?” Downey asked Boseman.
“Well, Iron Man, Captain America, as much as I respect you both, Black Panther is kind of his own guy,” Boseman said. “I’m not going to decide today.”
Feige said the character will make his first appearance in “Civil War,” which will pit Captain America and Iron Man against each other. In the comics, Black Panther is the leader of the fictional African nation of Wakanda who becomes a member of The Avengers, reports ABC News.
“He is definitively a big part of ‘Civil War,’” Feige said. “We will see him for the first time in ‘Civil War’ in costume.”
Black Panther is considered to be the first black superhero in mainstream American comics – well before the likes of Marvel’s superheroes like Storm, Luke Cage and the Falcon, and predating DC Comics’ Black Lightning, Green Lantern John Stewart and Tyroc.
Boseman as Black Panther was perhaps the biggest surprise of the day, because many fans were expecting the confirmation of reports that Benedict Cumberbatch would play “Doctor Strange.”
Mashable writes that “Inhumans”, the royal family-drama is an all-new team-up from the studio that does them best, one that Feige said will introduce “dozens of characters.” Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in the mid-1960s, the Inhumans are a race that hyper-evolved when Kree (the alien race of which Guardians villain Ronan the Accuser is a rogue member) experimented on them while visiting Earth during the Stone Age.