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Step aside Thor! Why Black Panther is about to become your new favourite superhero


Having stolen the show in 2016's Captain America: Civil War, King T'Challa himself is getting his own movie, Black Panther, and we can't wait to see more of this badass superhero.

Your new favourite Avenger? Here's why Black Panther should claw his way up that list...

A game changer?

Being the first black superhero depicted in mainstream comics (way back in 1966), Black Panther was considered to be a game-changer for the world of superheroes, and now some 50-odd years later, the new movie looks set to be similarly groundbreaking.

Promising an awesome soundtrack (if the use of 'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised' in the trailer is anything to go by), a unique visual style, an incredibly diverse cast, and direction from Creed's Ryan Coogler, this has all the makings of being another smash-hit for Marvel.

Fans have been waiting a long time to see this character get his own movie and we’re sure it will not disappoint. Time to hang up your hammer, Thor, we've found our new favourite!

He's the man who will be King

With incredible gadgets and tech, plus that awesome bulletproof suit, Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) is the hero we'd all love to be. Few characters' alter-egos are as interesting and complex as this one: the tradition of the Wakandan people states that it is the King who also bears the name “Black Panther”, and the responsibilities that go along with it.

Balancing this dual role, T’Challa has to be as strong in wills and wisdom as he is in combat if he is to successfully lead his people and live up to all that the title means. It will certainly be interesting to see how this one plays out and to explore more of this fascinating character.

Straight Outta Wakanda

Black Panther's home environment has, until now, only been glimpsed in Civil War's post-credit scene. However, the full-length movie will give us the opportunity to explore more of this incredible place. It will also mark one of the first Marvel films to not be set in either America or space, making the MCU world seem a whole lot bigger.

Wakanda, an African-esque fictional nation is one of the most spectacular locations in any superhero movie, and one which perfectly suits the sense of tradition and honour that the character of Black Panther embodies. Technologically advanced, and naturally rich in vibranium (the material that makes up Captain America's shield), Wakanda is wondrous in every sense of the word, and we can't wait to see more.

The best cast ever?

Joining Chadwick Boseman is 12 Years a Slave Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o as Wakandan special forces operative Nakia, Creed star Michael B. Jordan as the villainous Eric Killmonger, breakthrough star of Get Out Daniel Kaluuya as T'Challa's best mate W'Kabi, and Last King of Scotland Oscar winner Forest Whitaker as statesman Zuri.

Plus, we've got Angela Bassett, Oscar-nommed for playing music legend Tina Turner in What's Love Got to Do With It, as T'Challa's noble mother Ramonda. And we also have to mention returning Marvel faces Martin Freeman (Everett Ross) and Andy Serkis (villain Ulysses Klaue). On paper, this might be one of the best casts seen in any superhero movie, and we cannot wait to see them all in action.

Rumble in the Jungle

The trailer completely blew our minds, and the fight choreography looks particularly intense. With his unique cat-like fighting style and badass retractable claws, Black Panther is not to be messed with, and director Ryan Coogler has proven experience in directing memorable fight scenes.

The spectacular 'one take' fight in his previous movie Creed was incredible, and a great hint of what is to come in Black Panther. Fresh out of the ring, Creed star Michael B. Jordan will be playing T'Challa's nemesis so we’re expecting some truly ferocious showdowns.

Black Panther hits your screens on 12th February. Will the title character become your new favourite superhero? Let us know @Cineworld.

Sarah Buddery is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.