But check out the next statement — it's the one in which I wrote the spot-on observation (IMHO): "If there’s an African-American superhero who deserves his own movie, it’s Marvel’s ultra-cool Black Panther."
Well, guess which kick-ass black man in a black costume is getting his own film?
That's right; Marvel Studios announced Tuesday it's releasing a "Black Panther" film.
And get this, Marvel will be stealing DCE's thunder since "Black Panther" is being released in 2017 -- about three years before "Cyborg."
That's sneaky, Marvel. Very sneaky.
King T'Challa's Black Panther is the first black superhero in mainstream American comics. He made his debut in FANTASTIC FOUR No. 52, which came out in July 1966. That's 14 years before Cyborg made his first appearance in DC COMICS PRESENTS No. 26 (October 1980 cover date), so it's more than fitting that Black Panther beats Stone to the punch in film also.
In the Marvel movie universe, Black Panther (played by Chadwick Boseman, the star of biopics "42" and "Get on Up") will appear on the big screen first in "Captain America: Civil War" in 2016.
"I'm blessed to be part of this Marvel universe," Boseman told the Associated Press during an event Tuesday in Hollywood. "I look forward to making magic together."
The rest of Marvel's movie slate — which notably is heaving on fantasy and science fiction — includes:
- "Captain America: Civil War" and "Doctor Strange," both 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
- "The Avengers: Infinity War - Part II" in 2019.
Callie Cosplay rocks a Ms. Marvel
costume in this shot from
David Love Photography.
(How did I learn this? The AP story ends by saying: "'Black Panther' and 'Captain Marvel' will mark the studio's first films centered on black and female characters from Marvel Comics."
Check back at CCC for more of my thoughts on the "Captain Marvel" and "Civil War" films.