A new film based on the comic book super-hero Black Panther is in development by Marvel Studios.
Black Panther is the alter identity of T’Challa, king of the African nation of Wakanda, who made his debut in Fantastic Four #52 and later starred in a solo title that is credited as being the first to feature a black super-hero as the lead.
Marvel has tapped documentary film maker Mark Bailey to pen the new movie, which may give some sort of indication about the overall tone we’re likely to see on the big screen.
One notable element present in Black Panther comics has been the ability for the fictitious African nation to juggle its political relationships with other countries who would like trade deals of Wakanda’s most valuable resource — a nearly indestructible metal called Vibranium. It would be interesting to see a District 9-style telling of Black Panther as opposed to the standard super-hero movie that has become all too common in the last decade.
Then again, Black Panther is a former member of The Avengers AND there are two new Marvel movies heading to theaters that could potentially have some cameo or Easter egg related to T’Challa.
Neither a lead actor nor a director has been mentioned as of yet.