Monday, June 11, 2012

Marvel Pouncing On The "Black Panther"

According to reports, Marvel's next big budget feature as part of the 'Marvel Cinematic Universe' could be the "Black Panther":
Created by writer-editor Stan Lee and penciller-co-plotter Jack Kirby, the character debuted in Marvel Comics' "Fantastic Four" #52 (July 1966), as the first black superhero in mainstream American comic books, preceding "Luke Cage".

The "Marvel Knights Animation: Black Panther" DVD release,  gives a clue to the 'Black Panther" story, in six episodes, based on the Marvel Comics series by writer Reginald Hudlin and illustrator John Romita Jr., with a v
oice cast including Djimon Hounsou as 'Black Panther', Jill Scott as 'Storm', Kerry Washington as 'Princess Shuri', Alfre Woodard as 'Dondi Reese'/'Queen Mother', Carl Lumbly as 'Uncle S'Yan' and 'Black Panther' co-creator Stan "The Ham" Lee as 'General Wallace' :

"...Deep in the heart of Africa lies 'Wakanda', an advanced and unconquerable civilization. A family of warrior-kings possessing superior speed, strength and agility has governed this mysterious nation as long as time itself. The latest in this famed line is young 'King T'Challa', the great hero known worldwide as the 'Black Panther'.

"Now, outsiders once again threaten to invade and plunder Wakanda. Leading this brutal assault is 'Klaw', a deadly assassin with the blood of T'Challa's murdered father on his hands, who brings with him a strong army of super-powered mercenaries. Even with Wakanda's might and his own superhuman skills, can the Black Panther prevail against this deadly invading force?..."

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