In 2011, Marvel, in co-production with BET, produced a six episode animated/motion comic hybrid series starring the Black Panther. Now, that entire series is streaming on Marvel’s YouTube channel.
The 120-minute series was unusually ambitious for motion comics, blending original and striking animation with the sort of slow, start-and-stop vibe that usually characterises the genre. With Djimon Hounsou as T’Challa, it tells a similar story to the Black Panther film, introducing audiences to Wakanda and its king before introducing an external threat to his rule (this time in the form of Klaw – unfortunately, Kilmonger doesn’t make an appearance).
Now, the whole thing is available for free in its entirety. If you’re hungry for more Black Panther after the film, this is a solid place to start. And Hounsou, unsurprisingly, does a stellar job as the eponymous hero. Now how’s about getting us another high-quality Black Panther animated series, Marvel…
Check out the first episode below.