We’ve still got a long way to go before Marvel’s Black Panther strikes theaters — the film was originally scheduled for November of 2017, but has now been moved to a later date than that: February 2018. Black Panther was one of Marvel’s first black characters; a superhero who also happens to be the king of the nation of Wakanda. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige spoke to Empire Magazine about Black Panther’s movie and what we can expect from it.
Feige says the new release date is due to the fact that, storywise, it’s crucial the Black Panther movie be released shortly before the Infinity War movies begin (which start May 2018), because its events and its character tie in directly to what happens in those films. We can gather from this that the final Infinity Stone must be located in Wakanda, though the role of Black Panther himself in the Infinity Gauntlet saga remains to be seen.
“This one is important,” Feige said. “Not only do you get an unbelievable lead character, but you also get all of Wakanda which is a whole new setting and culture to explore.” He added, “The movie is a big geopolitical action adventure that focuses on the family and royal struggle of T’Challa in Wakanda and what it means to be a king.”
Will any other Marvel characters be stopping by for a visit? Feige didn’t say, but this movie is still in development and elements could still change. Black Panther is currently slated to be released on February 16, 2018.
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