“Black Panther” Gets 50-Day Premiere Countdown Courtesy of Marvel Studios

Poster for the movie "Black Panther"

We all know when in 2018 Marvel Studios’ Black Panther will premiere in cinemas in February of 2018. Sure, 2017 ends (and 2018 begins) less than a week from now, but there are sure to be some fans of the MCU wondering just how many days there are left to wait. Wonder no more.

Marvel Studios is taking consideration of these steadfast fans by starting an official countdown towards the release of the highly-anticipated Black Panther, starring Chadwick Boseman as the titular superhero and king of the ultra-advanced yet isolated African nation of Wakanda. An animated gif was released on Marvel’s Twitter Thursday, December 27.

Boseman’s Black Panther co-stars Letitia Wright and Lupita Nyong’o also spoke anew about their views on the great cultural significance of a superhero movie featuring an African main character. “There’s a black superhero,” said Wright. “But then we’re going to have more Asian superheroes and more from India. The solution to the problem being: We don’t have enough of this, so we’re going to make more. I’m excited!”

Nyong’o, who is from Kenya, talked about growing up watching foreign programming on local African TV channels. “What’s really exciting about this is if I can project my humanity onto people who don’t look like me, from cultures that aren’t like mine, why on earth shouldn’t it be the same in reverse?” She remarked. “What we’re talking about is the prominence of [Black Panther] and how it is entering into a more mainstream cultural consciousness.”

Black Panther is one of three Marvel Studios releases for the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2018. It premieres on February 16; Avengers: Infinity War on May 4; and Ant-Man & the Wasp on July 6.

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