Chadwick Boseman, star of biopics ’42′ and ‘Get On Up’ has been signed to a five-picture contract with Marvel for playing Black Panther. This will mark the first time that an African-American actor has headlined his own Superhero film following the recent rash of superhero films [not counting Will Smith‘s turn as Hancock], and it’s a BIG deal.
Marvel announced their upcoming lineup of films this week, along with Boseman’s casting announcement. They revealed that a Black Panther film will be coming out in 2017, along with a Captain Marvel film in 2018. Looks like Marvel’s finally getting serious about some diversity, no?