'Black Panther' Begins Production, Marvel Teases 'Old Enemy' in Official Plot Synopsis

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Production on Marvel's Black Panther has officially kicked off!

Marvel studios announced on Thursday that filming had already begun on the upcoming superhero epic, and released an official synopsis of the hotly anticipated flick.

The film takes place following the events of Captain America: Civil War. T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) returns to the African nation of Wakanda as both its king and vigilant protector, Black Panther.

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T'Challa's rule and his superhero skills are put to the ultimate test when an "old enemy" from his past resurfaces, leading to a mortal conflict that jeopardizes the fate of Wakanda and the globe.

While it's not explicitly clear who Black Panther will be squaring off against, fans are speculating that it will likely be Michael B. Jordan's Erik Killmonger -- the hero's longtime comic book nemesis -- or Andy Serkis' Ulysses Klaue, an arms dealer and smuggler who fans first saw in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Co-star Lupita Nyong'o
-- who plays Nakia (aka Malice) in the film -- took to Instagram on Tuesday to share a photo of herself on set, bundled up under a jacket and some blankets, which she captioned, "Rolling! #BlackPanther."

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Forest Whitaker -- who plays Zuri, an Wakandan elder statesman and warrior loyal to T'Challa -- took to Twitter on Thursday to share Marvel's announcement, writing, "Excited to be part of it!"

Last Saturday, Boseman revealed that he'd already started filming when he tweeted his support for those protesting in cities across America, writing, "Shooting Black Panther on a Saturday. But my heart is at the Women's March."

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As for Jordan, the Creed star took to Instagram earlier this week to show off his super-ripped physique as he worked out, presumably to get in top form for his Black Panther role. Check out the impressive, shirtless selfie in the video below.

Black Panther
-- directed by Creed's Ryan Coogler and co-starring Sterling K. Brown, Angela Bassett, Danai Gurira and Martin Freeman -- is set to hit theaters Feb. 16, 2018.

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