Marvel offers Black Panther animated mini-series on YouTube for free

Following the theatrical movie's huge success is Marvel's decision to launch Black Panther the animated series on YouTube for free. The animated show was made in 2011 and is only comprised of six episodes, making it more of a mini-series, one that spans 120 minutes. That makes it just a tiny big longer than the theatrical movie, which launched in mid-February.

The YouTube launch was a quiet one first spotted by io9. The mini-series is on Marvel's own YouTube account, which means it's an official debut on the streaming service. Each episode is about 20 minutes long and available under an autoplay playlist so that it can be watched all at once. The series was originally broadcast on BET in the US in late 2011.

The series is based on the Marvel Comics superhero, of course, and was created by Marvel Knights Animation. Under the YouTube channel, the series is referred to as "Marvel Knights Animation – Black Panther," helping distinguish it from the movie. The animated series focuses on T'Challa and the fictional world Wakanda.

Jonathan Adams plays the voice of T'Chaka and Djimon Hounsou plays the voice of Black Panther (T'Challa). Stan Lee himself voices the character General Wallace, while other cast members include Alfre Woodard, Stephen Stanton, Kerry Washington, Carl Lumbly, Jill Scott, and others.

If you haven't watched the movie yet and plan to, you may want to put off watching this animated series until afterward given its similar storyline.