Chadwick Bosemen is Marvel's First Black Superhero

Chadwick Bosemen

Chadwick Bosemen is Marvel's First Black Superhero

Actor will play Black Panther in the 2017 film.

Published October 29, 2014

Marvel has taken a huge leap forward in diversifying its slate of superhero film franchises. Company president Kevin Feige announced during a press conference on Tuesday two new films in the works — one centered on a Black superhero, and the other a female.

Feige announced Marvels’ “Phase 3,” which includes 10 new films (featuring two Avengers sequels entitled Avengers: Infinity Wars Parts 1 and 2) and their release dates. The slate includes a Black Panther film, starring Chadwick Boseman as the hero. Boseman was joined on stage by his Marvel brethren Robert Downey, Jr. and Chris Evans for the announcement. 

“[Black Panther] is about how this isolationist country of Wakanda needs to meet the world,” said Marvel's Kevin Feige.

“I'm blessed to be part of this Marvel Universe and I look forward to making magic together,” said Boseman. The film will hit theaters in November 2017. A director has not yet been announced.

This will be the first time in the company's history a major film franchise will focus on a Black superhero. Earlier this year, Donald Glover was tapped to voice Miles Morales in Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors.

Marvel also announced its female superhero, Carol Danvers, who will make an appearance in 2018's Captain Marvel.

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Written by Evelyn Diaz


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