There are many ways one can be honoured, from musical tributes to congressional medals, but in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there is no higher honour than receiving the praise of Stan Lee.
The legendary comic-book writer has publicly endorsed Chadwick Boseman, the actor who will be portraying Black Panther in the upcoming Marvel movie. Lee co-created the character of Black Panther back in 1966 with artist Jack Kirby, and now the hero will be taking the spotlight in his very first solo film.
Posting a photo with Boseman on Twitter, Lee wrote: “In 1966 we brought Black Panther to the pages of Marvel… Now this talented young man brings him to the silver screen! You have my respect!”
Black Panther, also known as T’Challa, was the first black superhero in mainstream American comics. It’s that fact which director Ryan Coogler believes will make the film stand-out amongst the rest of the Marvel Universe roster.
“I would say cultural aspects is a big thing,” Coogler told ComicBook.com. “Obviously, T’Challa is an African king and there haven’t really been many movies made about that at all in any genre. When you look at the movies in the Marvel universe automatically, off the bat, that’s going to make that very different.”
Boseman, who played James Brown in the 2014 movie “Get On Up”, first appeared on-screen as Black Panther in last year’s “Captain America: Civil War”.
“Black Panther” is set to hit theatres on February 16, 2018.