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Hero Complex: Stan Lee confirms Black Panther Movie, drops Black Widow hints too

Jungle Action #23 (September 1976)
Jungle Action #23 (September 1976)
Marvel Comics, Cover art by John Byrne and Dan Adkins

It's no secret that Marvel Comics is having a huge moment.

Unless you've been under a rock buried on a deserted island in the middle of the Pacific, it was hard to miss that "Guardians of the Galaxy" was worth all the hype this summer, opening to largely positive reviews from critics and moviegoers and practically turning Chris Pratt into a household name. The comic book giant was also celebrating its fourth successful film this year.

With its huge arsenal of costumed crusaders and astronomical fandom, Marvel is showing no signs of slowing its plans for continued box office domination. Almost a year ago rumors reached an all-time high that popular superhero Black Panther would make his debut on the big screen in the near future. Black Panther, the alter ego of T'Challa, is the leader of Wakanda, a fictional African nation where a meteorite made of "vibranium" landed.

Last Friday at Fan Expo Canada, according to Comic Book Resources, which gave a full recap of Marvel Presents: The Legendary Stan Lee panel, Lee said, "They [Marvel] are already working on Ant-Man, Dr. Strange and the Black Panther, and there are others I am not allowed to talk about."

That's as close to the horse's mouth as you can get, given that Lee is the creator and writer of many of the heroes in the superhero universe, and has had a relationship with Marvel for several decades.

If there was bigger news than the Black Panther confirmation and the fact that Marvel will be releasing many, many movies over the next several years, it was probably that we will be seeing lots more of Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow. About that character Lee said, "[S]he’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."


Are you excited that Black Widow is finally getting her own film? Which ones do you think he's not allowed to talk about yet? Who do you hope will get a feature?

Make sure to catch "The Fantastic Four" reboot in March 2015, and the highly anticipated "The Avengers: The Age of Ultron" in May.

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