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Meet Marvel’s James Bond: Everything You Need To Know About ‘Black Panther’

Though we have to wait until February 2018, to see Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther in his own full fledged Marvel film, we’re going to get a glimpse of the superhero in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War which will hit theaters May 6, 2016. Black Panther’s film doesn’t even have a director attached yet, and a ton of the film’s details are on lock-down. However, with the first official images of the hero have just been released, and we’ve finally gotten a bit more info about the hero that is going to give the Avengers a run for their money. Here is everything you need to know about  Black Panther.

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1. His Appearance in Captain America: Civil War isn’t just a cameo

Black Panther is a big freaking deal, which means that Tony Stark aka Iron Man and Captain America both want him on their side. Panther is a major figure in Captain America: Civil War, especially since his allegiance is wavering. President of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige decided to add Panther to Civil War because he felt the film needed someone who had their own agenda, and who was removed from Cap and Iron Man in some way. Feige said of Panther’s appearance in the film,”We introduce him here, give him an arc, and make him a full character. We don’t just give him a cameo, to wave. He has his own conflict and his own people that he’s looking out for.”

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2. He’s A Serious Guy

While Iron Man is known for cracking jokes, Black Panther isn’t here to play games. He’s super serious about his business, and he gets shit done. Speaking about his character earlier this year, Chadwick Boseman said, “”He’s definitely not the life of the party in this instance… Not to say there’s not charm and he can’t be a ladies’ man and all that. It’s more like if there is humor, it’s more like James Bond.”

3. Panther is a Prince

Panther is royalty, and not in a Coming to America type of way either. His real name is T’Challa, and his a prince from the fictional African nation of Wakanda. The country is super advanced technologically, and it’s home to the world’s largest natural supply of vibranium – which is the same indestructible metal that’s in Captain American’s infamous shield. Remember that trip to Wakanda in Avengers: Age of Ultron?

4. All About the Suit

There is no cloth in Panther’s suit so it’s made of all metal; virbanium to be exact. Boseman said of the suit, “It’s not a liquid, but it has the ability to change shape and change form and still have its strength. I think there are a lot of things about that in the mythology that I think has a lot of potential in terms of the storytelling. It’s not just about being durable, it has the ability to absorb energy. It’s not just like you hit it and it doesn’t take it. It has the ability to absorb the attack of another person and repel or respond to that attack. That’s part of the power.”

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5. His Title Was Inherited

T’Challa didn’t just randomly come by the title of Black Panther. In Wakanda, it is a name that is passed down through generations of leaders.

6. His Character Has Historical Significance

Black Panther was first introduced to the Marvel Universe in Fantastic Four #52 in July of 1966. Black superheros were super rare (and still are), and given the racial climate of the time period this was an extremely significant move on the part of Marvel. Though we’ve seen other Black superheros in films, Black Panther came first in the comic book world paving the way for Falcon, Luke Cage, Storm, Misty Knight, and more recently, Miles Morales.

7. Along with the film, Black Panther is Also Getting a New Comic Book Series

The new Black Panther comics will be written by acclaimed journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates, whose book Between the World and Me, recently won the National Book Award for Nonfiction.

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