It’s safe to say that comic book legend and cameo master Stan Lee is a huge admirer of the live-action incarnation of Black Panther. Chadwick Boseman’s superhero from Wakanda made his long awaited cinematic debut in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, coming to blows with Cap and Bucky over the assassination of his father. Although Civil War marked Black Panther’s first live-action outing on the big screen, the character will be the focus of his own solo movie, set for release early next year.

Boseman will be joined on Black Panther by a dream cast that includes Michael B. Jordan as the not-at-all-villainous-sounding Erik Killmonger, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, The Walking Dead‘s Danai Gurira as Okoye and Forest Whitaker as Zuri. Two figures who have already made their MCU bow will also be appearing in Black Panther in the form of Martin Freeman’s Everett Ross (hopefully with an improved accent) and Andy Serkis’ one-armed arms dealer Ulysses Klaue.

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Boseman’s appearance in Civil War and the official teaser trailer for the Black Panther solo movie have both generated a great deal of excitement among Marvel fans – but it appears that the fandom aren’t the only ones buoyed by Panther’s addition to the MCU canon. In a tweet (see below), the one and only Stan Lee released a picture of himself alongside an understandably-chuffed looking Boseman with the following caption:

“In 1966 we brought Black Panther to the pages of Marvel… Now this talented young man brings him to the silver screen! You have my respect!”

While most people his age might be enjoying retirement, Lee has remained incredibly active in the world of comics and comic book movies and as such, an endorsement from him is arguably the highest accolade any Marvel actor can hope for. Additionally, it was indeed Lee, alongside frequent collaborator Jack Kirby, that first created the character of Black Panther. Live-action adaptations of characters can so easily disappoint their original creators, so it must be hugely reassuring for Boseman to know that he has Lee’s blessing and respect.

And from what Marvel fans have seen of Black Panther thus far, it’s certainly difficult to disagree with Lee’s point of view. Boseman’s take on T’Challa has melded seamlessly with the established MCU universe and provided several intense action sequences. However, it did so with a noticeable breath of fresh air, thanks largely to the hero’s animalistic traits and unique fighting style. The Black Panther solo movie has lofty expectations to live up to.

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