Following on from his debut in Captain America: Civil War, Chadwick Boseman is set to be the first black leading man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in next year’s Black Panther. As the only actor to ever bring T’Challa to life, there’s a lot of pressure on him to nail the character, one that’s endured in the comics books since the 1960s. Thankfully, though, he now has a stamp of approval from the highest authority: Stan Lee himself.
The Marvel icon recently took to Twitter to share a photo of himself with Boseman, which he posted alongside a glowing caption. Check it out below:
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! pic.twitter.com/zN2CTd9zrN
— stan lee (@TheRealStanLee) August 16, 2017
It’s great to know that Lee is thrilled with Marvel Studios’ choice to cast Boseman. He’s been saying for years now how much he wants to see a Black Panther movie and even revealed that the film is his most anticipated upcoming Marvel flick.
“It’s our first black superhero,” he said recently. “And boy I think he’s going to be a big hit. At least I hope so. I’ve got my fingers crossed.”
We think Lee’s instincts are right on this one. The trailers and photos released so far from Black Panther look awesome and have been received very positively by fans. In fact, alongside Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, Boseman threatened to steal Civil War away from Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr., so he’s bound to deliver another terrific performance again in his own movie.
Black Panther is directed by Ryan Coogler and also stars a ridiculously talented supporting cast including Michael B. Jordan, Lupita N’yongo, Martin Freeman, Forest Whittaker and Danai Guria.