Via Comic Book Resources, Stan Lee, at Fan Expo Canada’s Marvel Presents: The Legendary Stan Lee, has confirmed that a Black Panther movie is in the works. Lee revealed this tidbit of information after being asked a range of questions that included: his creative inspirations for the Hulk and Spider-Man; a comic book character he wished he had created; the origin of his famous “excelsior” expression; and whether or not a Black Widow movie was planned.
We haven’t made a Black Widow movie but she’s been in some of our movies, and she will be featured more prominently as we move forward … And the chances are she will have her own movie because eventually all the superheroes are going to have their own movies. They are already working on Ant-Man, Dr. Strange and the Black Panther and there are others I am not allowed to talk about.
In the fictional world of Marvel, the Black Panther is a ceremonial title given to the Panther Tribe chief of the nation of Wakanda in Africa. In the past, a meteorite, made of vibranium (the same material used in Captain America’s shield), crashed in Wakanda. Fearing that foreigners would exploit Wakanda, King T’Chaka, the ruler at that time, concealed the country from the world. T’Chaka and his first wife, N’Yami, would later have a son named T’Challa. T’Chaka was later murdered by an adventurer by the name of Ulysses Klaw. Though too late to save his father, a young T’Challa was able to make Klaw flee by using Klaw’s own sound weapon against him. T’Challa would later earn the title of the Black Panther and ally himself with the Fantastic Four and the Avengers.
As for T’Challa’s abilities, he is considered one of the eight smartest people in the world and holds a PhD in Physics from Oxford University. An expert in gymnastics, acrobatics, and African martial arts, T’Challa is a skilled fighter and strategist. These abilities are only enhanced by his consumption of an herb that gives him a mystical connection to the Wakandan Panther God, while granting him superhuman-level abilities in senses, strength, and stamina. He would later lose this connection and create a new one with another Panther god, giving him an added ability to resist magic. After a fight with Doom, T’Challa would again lose this connection, but reestablishes his original connection with the Panther God. Amongst his weaponry, T’Challa has a suit woven from vibranium, making him impervious to injury, and a myriad of advanced technologies he himself invented.
Kevin Feige has gone on record stating that he’s very interested in bringing the character to the silver screen, and that development work has already been completed. It’s currently unknown if the Black Panther will be making his debut in Phase 3 or a later phase in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As of today, no actor has been rumored or speculated for the role of T’Challa / Black Panther.