If you listen closely you can probably hear whole bunches of the Internet hyperventilating right now. That's because Marvel just announced both Captain Marvel and Black Panther, two very highly anticipated titles. This will mark the studio's first real — and necessary — placement of a woman and a person of color, respectively, in leading solo roles. And they've already cast their Black Panther.
This has all been a long time coming; Marvel's been hinting at a Black Panther movie for years, and Captain Marvel was a key member of the Avengers who hasn't appeared in live-action yet. We've yet to see who will be playing Captain Marvel — who Marvel also confirms will be the character Carol Danvers — but they've cast 42 and Get On Up actor Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa/Black Panther.
Marvel never stopped dominating, but one of the most frustrating things about being a Marvel fan of late has been the constant state of being relatively blind to their plans. Phase one is long over and phase two is not long for this world, but where do we go from there? And what will the next phase do to address some of the big concerns fans have had over the company's ability to make movies revolving more around just white actors mostly named Chris?
Black Panther is slated for Nov. 3, 2017, with Captain Marvel coming July 6, 2018. With DC's Wonder Woman hitting theaters in 2017, we've finally moved a little bit past the stage of waiting for studios to get their shit together and announce the movies we've been asking for. Now hopefully things can become more about who does it better, as opposed to who does it first.