The titles of Marvel’s Phase Three have been announced, and with that announcement came a lot of feels and tears of joy.
Some things we already knew were happening, like Doctor Strange and Avengers 3 being split in two, while some others like Thor 3 & Civil War kicking off in Captain America 3 were confirmed. However, there was one that made us break into an standing ovation, then fall on our knees to weep until we could weep no more: Captain Marvel.
Captain Marvel aka Carol Danvers is happening! IT’S HAPPENING!
The coolest part is that not only are we (finally) getting a female-led superhero film but we are also getting a Black Panther solo film. Even better? There will also be an Inhumans film to expand the cosmic side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Now the question is… Who are the Inhumans? Who is Black Panther? Who is Carol Danvers and how did she become Captain Marvel?
I know the films won’t be released soon, but it’s never too early to learn who these characters are and what their deal is, right?
Black Panther was created in 1966 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. He was the first black superhero in mainstream American comics.
“Black Panther” is the title given to the chief of the Panther Tribe in the African nation of Wakanda. The chief not only rules the country but is also chief of the other various tribes in the region.
Our character is T’Challa, son of the Black Panther T’Chaka. T’Chaka is murdered by an adventurer who wishes to seize the metal, vibranium, which is found on Wakanda. T’Challa wants revenge, but in the meantime falls in love with Ororo Munroe, who later becomes X-Men member Storm (What?! Yes! It happened!). Their relationship ends because of T’Challa’s desire to avenge his father’s death, but they manage to reunite years later and get married.
Enough gossip — the point is that he gains the title of Black Panther after defeating various champions of the Wakandan tribes. He joins the Avengers and helps them defeat the second Sons of Serpent.
During Civil War, T’Challa and Storm take Captain America’s side against the Superhuman Registration Act. This is important because, although his solo film will come out in 2017, we will get the first look at Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War. It’s going to be epic, guys.
His powers and abilities come from his title of Black Panther: as chieftain, he must eat a heart-shaped herb that, in addition to his connection with the Wakandan Panther God, grants him superhumanly acutely senses, increases his strength, speed, stamina, reflexes and agility. When his sister takes the title of Black Panther, he makes connection with an unknown Panther deity who grants him augmented physical attributions and resistance to magic.
In addition to all that, he is a skilled hunter, strategist, politician, inventor, scientist, tracker and has been granted the strength and knowledge of every past Black Panther.
He is a HUGE deal!
Chadwick Boseman is the man in charge of portraying T’Challa, and I can’t wait to see him in action; Black Panther is SUPER AWESOME, guys!
Carol Danvers is the first incarnation of Ms. Marvel. Created by Roy Thomas and Gene Colan, she made her debut as Ms. Marvel in 1977 although her very first appearance (as regular human) was in 1968.
Her superpowers are the result of an exposure to Kree energy, and although Captain Marvel saves her, her genetic structure melds with his, turning her into a Kree-human hybrid.
Oh yeah, Kree — as in Ronan the Accuser’s species.
During Civil War, Danvers takes Iron Man’s pro-registration side and forms the Mighty Avengers with the rest of the New Avengers who are pro-registration. Even though her solo film will come out on July 2018, I believe there’s a chance of her being mentioned during Civil War. Or we could get our first look at the end of Infinity War Part 1, possibly during the post-credits scene.
She was featured as “Captain Marvel” for the first time during a false reality created by Scarlet Witch in House of M. She officially assumed the title on July 2012.
Among her powers are superhuman strength, durability, the ability to fly, discharge explosive blasts of radiant energy and the absorption other forms of energy. She is also an outstanding espionage agent, pilot, hand-to-hand combatant and marksman.
This woman right here will be the lead of our very first female-superhero film and I couldn’t be happier!
The Inhumans, created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, are the result of Kree experiments on Homo Sapiens with the intention of creating a powerful mutant race of soldiers to fight against the Skrulls. The Inhumans form a society of their own and develop advanced technology, as well as a rigid caste system (although Crystal, member of the Royal family, broke the rules and married Quicksilver, who was outside her species).
They are led by the king Black Bolt. The rest of the Royal family is formed by Medusa, Karnak, Gorgon, Triton, Crystal, Maximus the Mad and Lockjaw (a dog!). At some point in time, Crystal joins the Avengers. So who knows: it might happen in the MCU, too!
The Inhumans do not have a role in Civil War, but they do have some events that meld with the timeline during Infinity, in which Thanos attacks Attilan and in order to spare the city, he asks for a tribute: the death of every inhuman between the ages of 16 and 22.
The film comes out on November 2018, so, if Marvel decides to make them part of Infinity War, we could see them at the end of Infinity War Part 1 or when Part 2 is released (May 2019).
Some of their powers are strength, reaction time, speed, endurance and an elongated life-span (average is 150 years).
Curious little detail: as Fox owns the rights to X-Men, Marvel Studios is not allowed to say the word “mutant”, so it’s being said that Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver could turn out to be inhumans. This could serve as a link between Inhumans and the rest of the MCU, too!
So many feels! So many incredible superheroes! So many Marvel films running through 2019!
Between Black Panther, Captain Marvel and Inhumans, which one are you most excited for? Let me know!
Mark your calendars: Black Panther will be released on November 3rd 2017; Captain Marvel on July 6th 2018 and Inhumans on November 2nd 2018!