Kevin Feige Gives a ‘Black Panther’ Update; Production Set to Begin Early Next Year

Whether it’s Cap and Iron Man duking it out on the big screen or the MCU introduction of one certain friendly neighborhood character, there are a serious number of things to be excited about for Captain America: Civil War. But easily one of the most compelling elements of Marvel’s epic showdown is the debut of one of Marvel’s most beloved characters, Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa, a.k.a. Black Panther.

I think it’s safe to say that a big screen incarnation of this character is very, very long overdue. But it seems like his first ever appearance has come at the perfect time, as he looks to be a central part of Civil War. And while we’ll meet T’Challa for the first time next month, that definitely ins’t the last time we’ll be seeing him. The Black Panther standalone film is set to arrive on February 16th, 2016, with Creed director Ryan Coogler in the director’s chair. And sure, it does seems like quite a ways off, but the film is already heavy into its pre-production stage. While speaking with the good ol’ folks over at Collider, Marvel’s President Kevin Feige revealed a few new details, including the status of a final script:

“Very soon. We have a number of writers on it including Ryan Coogler, who is also directing, he’s working on the draft right now. Between now and the end of the summer there will be more casting announcements. We start filming at the very beginning of next year.”

Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther for CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WARAlthough this is the first we’ve heard this, it isn’t a whole lot surprising, especially since Coogler wrote both of his previous films, Fruitvale Station and Creed. Coogler is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers and directors in the business, which is why such little news like this is so exciting.

Marvel’s release schedule is about to jump from two to three films a year, with such names as Doctor StrangeGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and even the MCU Spider-Man. But I must admit, Black Panther might be the one I’m looking forward to the most that’s sandwiched in-between Civil War and the two-part Infinity War event. The introduction of the Kingdom of Wakanda comes with an entire new realm and mythology that Marvel hasn’t tapped into yet, just as they’re doing with Doctor Strange later this year. As for those casting announcements, I can’t wait to hear who they’ve brought on board alongside Boseman and Andy Serkis (Age of Ultron character).

What about you guys? Are you a fan of Coogler? Excited that he’s both writing and directing? Are you looking forward to seeing Black Panther’s debut in Civil War? How about his standalone movie?

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