Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige has confirmed that Marvel Comics black superhero 'The Black Panther' is "absolutely in-development" at the studio:
The "Black Panther" created by writer Stan Lee and co-plotter/illustrator Jack "King" Kirby, debuted in Marvel Comics' "Fantastic Four" #52 (July 1966).
The "Marvel Knights Animation: Black Panther" DVD release, is based on the variant Marvel Comics series by writer Reginald Hudlin and illustrator John Romita Jr., with a voice cast including Djimon Hounsou as 'Black Panther', Jill Scott as 'Storm', Kerry Washington as 'Princess Shuri', Alfre Woodard as 'Dondi Reese'/'Queen Mother' and Carl Lumbly as 'Uncle S'Yan' :
"...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.
As king of Wakanda, the Panther has access to a vast collection of magical artifacts, advanced Wakandan technological and military hardware, as well as the support of his nation's wide array of scientists, warriors, and mystics.
The Wakandan military has been described as one of the most powerful on Earth. His attire is the sacred 'vibranium' costume of the 'Wakandan Panther Cult'.
He is a skilled hunter, tracker, strategist, politician, inventor, and scientist, with a Ph.D. in Physics from Oxford University. Considered one of the eight smartest people on the planet, he is a genius in physics and advanced technology, and is a brilliant inventor. He also has been granted the knowledge of every past Black Panther.
T'Challa is also a rigorously trained gymnast and acrobat, showing mastery in various fighting styles that belong to no known disciplines.
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