It's apparent by now to even the casual fan that the super hero genre is a locomotive going full steam ahead, showing no sign of slowing down. Marvel and DC continue to duke it out on television and in theaters, and in the war for cinematic supremacy, that battle continues to rage on as well.

With the recent success of "Wonder Woman," DC has offered up its first legitimate success since Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" trilogy concluded. As for Marvel, they recently released "Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2" and have an ongoing deal with Netflix to stream shows featuring various street-level heroes including Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist.

Marvel releases new poster for 'Black Panther'

With his most recent appearance in "Captain America: Civil War," Chadwick Boseman suited up as T'Challa and offered up a convincing performance as the warrior from Wakanda. There has been a lot of hype for this movie, as it will be the first Marvel big screen property to feature a predominantly African-American cast. This is particularly poignant when you take into account the claims of "whitewashing" in Hollywood.

This was also the same criticism that came up prior to "Luke Cage" on Netflix -- which also features a predominantly African-American cast. You can view the official poster for "Black Panther" below:

This in and of itself generated a lot of hype, as the tweet revealed not only the first movie poster, but also the promise of the first teaser trailer to coincide with Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals (Golden State may likely put that one away, but that's another topic for another article.

What can fans expect from 'Black Panther' film?

First of all, as mentioned above, Chadwick Boseman put in a stellar performance when he made his first appearance as part of "Captain America: Civil War." That said, it's likely that we can expect more of the same moving forward, with a particular focus on his character this time around.

While Black Panther and the world of Wakanda may be unknown to the vast majority of casual Marvel fans, it will certainly be interesting to see what kind of treatment Marvel gives the film on the big screen.

Along with Chadwick Boseman in the title role of T'Challa, "Black Panther" also stars Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, and Danai Gurira (a.k.a. Michonne from "The Walking Dead"). The film is not slated for release until 2018, but this first poster and teaser trailer will definitely give fans something to talk about until then.