By Ryan Parker
In the mid 1990s, while riding a wave of box-office hits that propelled him it superstardom, Wesley Snipes undertook a bold initiative: make a film about the Marvel Comics character Black Panther.
The African superhero is now a household name thanks to the juggernaut Marvel film franchise including him in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. Star Chadwick Boseman’s work as T’Challa (Black Panther) quickly became a fan favorite, which helped launch the character’s first self-titled feature film, opening Feb. 16.
Hype for the Ryan Coogler-directed movie, also starring Lupita Nyong’o and Michael B. Jordan, is at a boiling point. Pre-tickets sales broke a Fandango record, and the film is projected to open to $100 million – $120 million and could see it become the biggest launch for a Marvel Cinematic Universe hero’s first standalone movie. Not to mention, buzz for the film after Monday night’s Hollywood premiere set social media ablaze.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter