While his solo film doesn’t hit the screen until 2018, one of the most highly anticipated heroes made his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in this year’s Captain America: Civil War and the level of excitement surrounding him has only grown since his film was announced nearly two years ago.

Acclaimed actor Chadwick Boseman portrays T’Challa, the man under the Black Panther mask we first met just before an explosion killed the previous Black Panther, his father T’Chaka. Despite the circumstances behind him inheriting the mantle, Boseman told Yahoo Movies that event is not the origin of the Black Panther, simply his introduction:

It’s not necessarily an origin story because he remains a mystery through most of the movie. When I take the mask off and it’s revealed that it’s the Prince of Wakanda, that’s the guy who’s father was just killed – it’s a surprise. So then, you’re learning – as you watch the movie – what his powers are, because you’re not sure. He remains a mystery through most of the movie.

While it’s unlikely that anyone in the theater for Captain America: Civil War was truly surprised at the Panther’s identity when he pulled off the mask, Boseman’s point is well taken: we the audience do not know this man’s abilities or allegiances or where he comes from.

But we will in 2018’s Black Panther film.

The origin of the Black Panther is deep, long, and encompasses more than just the person under the mask. It is also intertwined with royal lineage and tied inextricably to the advanced African nation of Wakanda itself. Wakanda was identified in Avengers: Age of Ultron as the source of vibranium ore, and seen briefly at the end of Captain America: Civil War as the refuge (at least for a little while) for the Winter Soldier. Wakanda will likely prove to be as interesting a mystery as the hero himself as Boseman promises that the audience is “going to learn about Wakanda, its culture, its traditions, the past.”

While the chief of the royal family has the right to the ceremonial title of Black Panther, the mantle must still be earned. To get to the origin of the character, Boseman says you’ll need to get to the origin of the title.

You can go through all the comic books and know that there’s more Panthers that have existed in the past – that’s origin.”

But, there’s over a year (and FOUR other MCU films) to go until we get to see this origin. Black Panther is scheduled to be released February 16, 2018. The film is directed by Ryan Coogler and stars, in addition to Boseman, Michael B Jordan, Danai Gurira, and Lupita Nyong’o.

Source: Yahoo Movies