Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ Revealed in Ferocious First Look Poster (Photo)

Chadwick Boseman stars as the Wakanda-born superhero in the film, slated for release in 2017

Last Updated: October 28, 2014 @ 1:07 PM

Marvel unveiled a first-look poster for its upcoming “Black Panther” film on Tuesday at a special event for press and fans.

The ferocious superhero, who also goes by T’Challa, is shown in a black jumpsuit with his trademark razor-sharp claws and tribal necklace. The character is not only billed as a genius and an expert acrobat, but also the leader of the African nation Wakanda.

“It’s about how this isolationist country of Wakanda needs to meet the world,” explained Marvel’s Kevin Feige at the Marvel event on Tuesday.

The hero will be played by rising star Chadwick Boseman, best known for playing Jackie Robinson in “42” and James Brown in “Get On Up.” He joined Iron Man’s Robert Downey Jr. and Captain America’s Chris Evans on stage Tuesday, where it was revealed he would appear alongside them in 2016’s “Captain America: Civil War.”

“I’m blessed to be part of this Marvel Universe and I look forward to making magic together,” said Boseman.

Black Panther, created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, debuted in a 1966 issue of “Fantastic Four,” but this marks his first appearance on the big screen.

“Black Panther” is slated for release on Nov. 3, 2017.