At an event in Los Angeles, Marvel just announced that Black Panther will hit the big screen on November 3rd, 2017. Plot details are currently thin, but the news is big. Black Panther is one of Marvel most important black superheroes. He'll be played by Chadwick Boseman, who's perhaps best known for his recent role as James Brown in Get On Up.
In the comics, Black Panther, otherwise known as T'Challa, is the leader of the high-tech African nation of Wakanda. He's also an Avenger, having joined the team in 1968. T'Challa has yet to make an appearance in the films so far, but rumors abound that one of his arch enemies, Ulysses Klaw, will make an appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron, setting the stage for the character's debut. Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige also stated that he'll also be in full costume in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War.
After receiving much criticism for the lack of diversity in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the introduction of Black Panther and Captain Marvel should help put some critiques to rest. The company has also made concerted efforts to diversify its superheroes in comics, recently unveiling a new female Thor and replacing Steve Rogers with Sam Wilson for the role of Captain America. But for right now, since we know little about what Marvel has in store for Black Panther himself, pictures will have to be enough: