After Chadwick Boseman debuted as Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War, it was clear he would quickly become one of the mainstays of the Marvel Cinematic Universe going forward. Something that should be proven true following his upcoming solo film. During a recent interview with the folks over at, Boseman talked about the upcoming Black Panther solo film as well as the spectacular cast Marvel has assembled thus far. And while he didn’t necessarily help choose his co-stars for the upcoming Black Panther film, Boseman did say that he knew the direction was heading in relation to casting his co-stars.

“I knew before they had completely decided that that’s who they wanted,” Boseman told “I don’t necessarily get to decide but definitely was excited about where they were going, hoping it’d happen, and I’m glad it did.”

Boseman had to wait a few weeks after his MCU debut before Marvel would confirm his Black Panther co-stars at this summer’s San Diego Comic-Con. It was there Marvel revealed Lupita Nyong’o would play Nakia alongside Danai Gurira who has been cast as Okoye, two bodyguards in the Dora Milaje, traditionally the all-female security detail assigned to the king of Wakanda in the Black Panther comic books. Creed star Michael B. Jordan will play Erik Killmonger, T’Challas friend turned foe, while Andy Serkis is expected to reprise his Avengers: Age of Ultron role of Black Panther adversary Ulysses Klaue.

Black Panther is slated for release in 2018.