After a stunning debut in Captain America: Civil War, a lot of people are very excited to see what’s next for Black Panther when he appears in his own solo movie in just another year and a half. Tonight at San Diego Comic Con, Black Panther director Ryan Coogler revealed that the main cast for the movie, along with Chadwick Boseman of course, will include his Fruitvale Station and Creed star Michael B. Jordan, Academy Award-winner Lupita Nyong’o, and everyone’s favorite katana-weilding zombie slayer Danai Gurira. Together, they will literally be the new face of comic book movies for the highly anticipated Marvel film.
Jordan will be playing Erik Killmonger, who, in the comic book, is an enemy to T’Challa, the Black Panther. Killmonger’s father was forced to work with Ulysses Klaw (Andy Serkis from Avengers: Age of Ultron) in his efforts to exploit Wakanda’s resources, but when Klaw was defeated, Killmonger and his family were exiled. After years in America, Erik eventually is allowed to repatriate to Wakanda, but he returns with a secret plan of revenge. Nyong’o, meanwhile, will play Nakia, one of several women that serve as bodyguard to the king, one of whom will eventually be chosen to marry him as well. Rounding out the casting announcement is the addition of The Walking Dead‘s Gurira who will play Okoye, a member of the same order as Nakia.
Coogler said that Black Panther is likely to start filming in January, but you know what is filming right now? Thor: Ragnarok. We got some “Planet Hulk”-ish concept art earlier today, but at the Marvel panel, the new 80s-style logo for Ragnarok was unveiled. Check it out.
Thor: Ragnarok will be in theaters everywhere on November 3, 2017; Black Panther is scheduled for release on February 16, 2018.