Marvel's Black Panther and Captain Marvel are finally getting their own stand-alone films, Marvel Studios announced today.
The Black Panther movie is slated for release on Nov. 3, 2017. Captain Marvel, the Carol Danvers version of the character, hits theaters the following year on July 6, 2018.
T'Challa, the man known as the Black Panther, will be played by Chadwick Boseman. The actor previously portrayed Jackie Robinson in 42 and James Brown in Get On Up. The Black Panther's introduction to the Marvel Cinematic Universe may be tipped in next year's Avengers: Age of Ultron. One of his arch-nemeses, the character Klaw, may have been teased in the film's teaser trailer.
We'll get our first peek at Black Panther in costume in 2016, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said today, in Captain America: Civil War.
"Black Panther and all of Wakanda is one of the most interesting characters in Marvel history," remarked Feige. "He's a bit of a prince, he may even become a bit of a king, but it's all about how this isolationist country meets the world. Maybe it goes well, maybe it doesn't."
"This Captain Marvel's name is Carol Danvers," said Feige. "This film has been in the works almost as long as Doctor Strange or Guardians of the Galaxy before it came out, and one of the key things was figuring out what we wanted to do with it. Her adventures are very earthbound, but her powers are based in the cosmic realm."
The announcement of Black Panther and Captain Marvel movies addresses some longstanding concerns that Marvel Studios' films haven't centered on the comic book universe's women and people of color (with the exception of the Wesley Snipes-starring Blade films).
Marvel released logos for the two films today during an event in Los Angeles.
The company also released a first look at Black Panther in the form of a poster. Here's a look at production concept art of the Wakandan warrior.