After years of playing an integral role in the history of Marvel Comics, Black Panther is finally getting his glorious day on the silver screen. Captain America Civil War marked the character’s first live-action debut, and as part of the revealing Phase 3 of the MCU he will soon be at the center of his very own solo movie. But what can we particularly expect from the upcoming blockbuster? That’s what we’re here to discuss.
So far, our latest dives deep into the Black Panther movie that has been developing at Marvel Studios for a few years now. When is the film releasing? Who is the director? What will it be about? Find details on all of that and more as you read on!
What Is The Black Panther Release Date?
Since the release of Iron Man directed by Jon Favreau back in 2008, Marvel Studios has made a lot of experimenting with multiple release date windows. Sure, they often have a film released on the first week of May, but we have also witnessed titles come out in July, November, April, and August. Black Panther will be yet another test, as it will be the first in MCU franchise to come out in February, on February 16, 2018 to be specific.
Apart from the fact that the blockbuster release date window is widening all around the industry, with big studio films beginning to come out in every month of the year, there is another reason why Black Panther is releasing so early in 2018: to give it some distance from The Avengers Infinity War Part 1 of Joe and Anthony Russo, which comes out on May 4, 2018. By coming out in mid-February, Black Panther is given some room to rest.
What Is The Black Panther Rating?
At the time that you’re reading this, not a single sequence of the Black Panther movie has been rolled, and there has been no direct word from director Ryan Coogler regarding the rating. That being said, we can already assure you what the rating will be … PG-13. This is probably because Disney and Marvel just aren’t interested in making R-rated superhero movies at this time.
While the X-Men franchise has been changing rules up ratings-wise, with movies like Deadpool and Logan set up to be more adult-oriented, it does make sense for Marvel Studios to stick with PG-13 ratings for all of their big screen movies, including Black Panther. The truth is that most of the characters from the comics are friendly to a younger-skewing audience anyway, and given the cohesiveness of the consistency in the films, it’s understandable that all of the stories should be accessible to viewers of all ages. What’s more, Marvel has managed to establish Netflix as their home base for grittier, darker, and more violent storytelling, granting the features to stay more defendsibly kid-friendly. Thus, even though you are dying for an R-rating film, Black Panther is most definitely going to be released as a PG-13 movie.
What Will Black Panther Be About?
After Spider Man Homecoming, Black Panther will be only the second movie in the MCU franchise that serves as a debut solo film about a previously introduced character in the continuity. Captain America Civil War gives out all of the basics that audiences need to know about the protagonist, so it will be the task of the solo film to pick up where that story left off. Meaning, Black Panther will surely not be an origin story, and that opens up a world of possibilities for the film.
Because Black Panther is still a few years off, and since Marvel Studios is notoriously discreet about all of their upcoming projects, nothing has been officially confirmed about the main story of the film yet, but it’s expected to pick up after the events of Captain America Civil War, and will almost certainly happen in Wakanda, the African nation that Black Panther considers home. As the movie doesn’t stick to explaining who T’Challa is or how he got his suit, the movie can hit the ground running by introducing the character in any of the original adventures he’s experienced in the comics, involving his position as a diplomat and representative of Wakanda on an international scale; doing battle with the various rival tribes that live on the border of his nation; or protecting the country’s most precious resource: Vibranium.