Black Panther will appear in the 2016 Captain America: Civil War film and in 2018 this character will have his own film. T’Challa, who is the Black Panther, was the first black superhero in mainstream American comics. Black Panther has an amazing sense of smell, increased strength, stamina and speed as well as resistance to magic. He is also the king of the fictional Wakandan nation. Chadwick Boseman is set to take on the role of this iconic superhero.

Aquaman is one of the few superheroes on offer from DC Comics. Although the king of Atlantis may not seem to be the most likely or useful superhero, with the ability to breathe underwater and communicate with sea life being some of his only abilities, the film has been in the works for some years with fans eagerly awaiting its release. The character will make an appearance in 2016 in the film Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice before a standalone film is due to be released in 2018.

Miles Morales is a different sort of Spiderman to Peter Parker, in that he is a black-Hispanic character. Morales instantly won over fans of the Spiderman comic, who praised the fresh approach to the series.

Marvel is also considering making a new Thor movie with a female lead. In the original comic series the iconic superhero loses his hammer, Mjölnir, and it is used by an unknown female character who defeats Thor’s enemies using the famous weapon. He later discovers that this woman is in fact Jane Foster, his human love interest. She is able to wield Mjölnir even though it may be slowly killing her, and as she is able to wield it, she too receives the name “Thor”.

 

Illustration: Faith Honey

 

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