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Could one of Marvel's unannounced movies bring us Black Panther?

Jun. 6, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

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Kevin Feige and Marvel have outright denied the truth of this rumor, but I don't really care. Not out of spite or anything, but rather because the measured revelation of truth is how they play the game. Marvel's main playing tool is misdirection, and I'm okay with that.

That doesn't mean I have to believe what they say. But when El Mayimbe over at Latino Review, who has been plenty right before, breaks the news that he has four seperate sources who have confirmed one of Marvel's unnanounced movies to be BLACK PANTHER? That I believe.  And it makes complete sense for two reasons:

1) Black Panther's involvement has been foreshadowed by the obvious featuring of his home country of Wakanda on a map in IRON MAN 2 and the fact that Cap's shield in THE AVENGERS is made of Vibranium, the rarest metal in the world and one that happens to exist only in Wakanda.  And 2) it would be the single best business decision Marvel could make.  Not only is Black Panther a cool f***ing character in general, but his presence would allow Marvel to both market and give a strong positive representation to an audience that heretofore has been vastly underrepresented in superhero movies.  And then there's the fact that a Mark Baily was hired to write a script back in January, one that is supposedly pretty great.

My vote, if we're picking from established actors, goes to Idris Elba in a heartbeat.

Edit: somehow I blanked that Idris Elba is already part of Thor's universe.  That really bums me out... he would have been the perfect Black Panther.

Extra Tidbit: An unrelated movie called THE BLACK PANTHER was made in 1956 and edited into another 1956 movie called UNTAMED MISTRESS. The awesome-sounding tagline for the latter reads "UNTAMED! UNASHAMED! SAVAGE ANIMAL WORSHIP!" Part of me really wants to watch this now...

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10:31AM on 06/06/2012
Chiwetel Ejiofor!
Chiwetel Ejiofor!
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3:05PM on 06/06/2012
I don't care what some people say, he killed it in Redbelt. He is definitely my first choice for black panther
I don't care what some people say, he killed it in Redbelt. He is definitely my first choice for black panther
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9:18AM on 06/06/2012
MICHAEL JAI WHITE would kill it as the Black Panther
MICHAEL JAI WHITE would kill it as the Black Panther
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11:30AM on 06/06/2012
Of course BP will have his own movie. Cap's vibranium, the use of Chitauri instead of skrulls, the map of Wakanda. All the easter eggs have been set in place. You would hope for someone like Hounsou or Ejiofor to get the part. If you can't get those two than maybe Michael Jai White. Thank goodness this isn't Fox cause I know they would cast Tyrese.
Of course BP will have his own movie. Cap's vibranium, the use of Chitauri instead of skrulls, the map of Wakanda. All the easter eggs have been set in place. You would hope for someone like Hounsou or Ejiofor to get the part. If you can't get those two than maybe Michael Jai White. Thank goodness this isn't Fox cause I know they would cast Tyrese.
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12:25PM on 06/06/2012
When I read this last night, my first thought was that Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje would be really good for the role.
When I read this last night, my first thought was that Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje would be really good for the role.
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3:01PM on 06/06/2012
Semi-fail on my part. I didn't know that he actually already really wants that role.
Semi-fail on my part. I didn't know that he actually already really wants that role.
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8:17AM on 06/06/2012
Black Panther needs to be done. He's a total bad ass and would do well on the big screen. Michael Jai White could be a good casting.
Black Panther needs to be done. He's a total bad ass and would do well on the big screen. Michael Jai White could be a good casting.
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12:44PM on 06/06/2012
Everyone keeps saying Djimon Honsou is too old, but he's still in great shape and I think he could do it. He's an Academy Award-nominated actor... he would bring the acting chops for sure.
Everyone keeps saying Djimon Honsou is too old, but he's still in great shape and I think he could do it. He's an Academy Award-nominated actor... he would bring the acting chops for sure.
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11:16AM on 06/06/2012
I guess he is a bit old now but I always though Djimon Hounsou would be great for the part. Plus he voiced the animated version.
I guess he is a bit old now but I always though Djimon Hounsou would be great for the part. Plus he voiced the animated version.
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10:54AM on 06/06/2012
You guys ever watch the animated movie Ultimate Avengers 2? Thats how you incorporate the black panther into an Avengers movie. And since we can't get a younger denzel Washington I guess Chiwetel Ejiofor would be fine.
You guys ever watch the animated movie Ultimate Avengers 2? Thats how you incorporate the black panther into an Avengers movie. And since we can't get a younger denzel Washington I guess Chiwetel Ejiofor would be fine.
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2:37PM on 06/06/2012

Black Panther is an awesome character!

I always thought Djimon Hounsou would be perfect for the roll. Hes getting a bit old now but still.
I always thought Djimon Hounsou would be perfect for the roll. Hes getting a bit old now but still.
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9:17AM on 06/06/2012

Best choice Marvel could make

He is one of the coolest characters in the entire Marvel universe, defeating most Avengers single handedly on a couple of occasions. His movie would be an interesting change of scenery and mythology and would make for some great visuals. Then his inclusion to the Avengers universe would also seem fitting for the simple facts you have mentioned in the article. All in all it's an awesome choice. One thing that I don't agree with you on is Idris Elba. He would have been my first pick but he
He is one of the coolest characters in the entire Marvel universe, defeating most Avengers single handedly on a couple of occasions. His movie would be an interesting change of scenery and mythology and would make for some great visuals. Then his inclusion to the Avengers universe would also seem fitting for the simple facts you have mentioned in the article. All in all it's an awesome choice. One thing that I don't agree with you on is Idris Elba. He would have been my first pick but he already plays Heimdall so they can't use him. Michael Jai White would be incredible in terms of his physicality and martial arts expertise. Also many have mentioned Djimon Hounsou.
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3:54PM on 06/06/2012

Michael Jai White-Make it Happen!

SPAWN's failure may kill this idea. But Michael Jai White is a kick-ass martial artist (see undisputed 2 and Blood and Bone) who is in great shape and is a decent actor. He would own this role! Snipes would have been great 10 - 15 years ago (if he paid his taxes).
SPAWN's failure may kill this idea. But Michael Jai White is a kick-ass martial artist (see undisputed 2 and Blood and Bone) who is in great shape and is a decent actor. He would own this role! Snipes would have been great 10 - 15 years ago (if he paid his taxes).
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5:18PM on 06/06/2012
Shit, take out the contacts and Idris could still do it. But, yes, other than that MJW is the only man for the job!
Shit, take out the contacts and Idris could still do it. But, yes, other than that MJW is the only man for the job!
5:19PM on 06/06/2012
Oh, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. So Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Jai White and Idris Elba are the only men for the job.
Oh, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. So Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Jai White and Idris Elba are the only men for the job.
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1:47PM on 06/06/2012

PETER MENSAH

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1:27PM on 06/06/2012

Doctore!

Hands down, Peter Mensah. Not only has he been doing martial arts since he was 6 years old, but his 8 pack- has an 8 pack.

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Hands down, Peter Mensah. Not only has he been doing martial arts since he was 6 years old, but his 8 pack- has an 8 pack.

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11:48AM on 06/06/2012

Not True

SHH has already updated their site to say LatinoReview got this all wrong and there is no Black Panther film being worked on.
SHH has already updated their site to say LatinoReview got this all wrong and there is no Black Panther film being worked on.
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11:00AM on 06/06/2012
There's too many cool black actors around to have Idris Elba playing two superheroes in the Marvelverse.

The big question is, how old will they be portraying T'Challa? Will he already be King of Wakanda, or will this be an origin story? If its the latter, my top picks would be Anthony Mackie and John Boyega (Attack the Block.) If its the former, and he'll already be the big cheese, I don't think anyone could be as perfect as Djimon Honsou. Would especially love to see him chew the scenery
There's too many cool black actors around to have Idris Elba playing two superheroes in the Marvelverse.

The big question is, how old will they be portraying T'Challa? Will he already be King of Wakanda, or will this be an origin story? If its the latter, my top picks would be Anthony Mackie and John Boyega (Attack the Block.) If its the former, and he'll already be the big cheese, I don't think anyone could be as perfect as Djimon Honsou. Would especially love to see him chew the scenery with the other Avengers actors.

Right now there's kind of an even divide in the Avengers between more experienced (cough older cough) actors (Ruffalo, Renner, RDJ) and the young beautiful people (Evans, Hemsworth, ScarJo) so you could really go either way.
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9:48AM on 06/06/2012
Yes!!! BP would be the best addition for a new hero for Avengers 2, have them go to Africa to recruit him after establishing him in his own solo film! Marvel really knows what they are doing! As for actors here's my list:
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Tye Diggs (got the look and the build but the actings chops is questionable)
Cl Bennett
Anthony Mackie

and Djimon Hounsou would be great if he was 10 years younger!
Yes!!! BP would be the best addition for a new hero for Avengers 2, have them go to Africa to recruit him after establishing him in his own solo film! Marvel really knows what they are doing! As for actors here's my list:
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Tye Diggs (got the look and the build but the actings chops is questionable)
Cl Bennett
Anthony Mackie

and Djimon Hounsou would be great if he was 10 years younger!
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10:41AM on 06/06/2012
I don't see them eliminating Idris Elba from contention just because he played a minor character in Thor (his face was mostly obscured by the helmet anyway). Chiwetel Ejiofor is a great pick too.
I don't see them eliminating Idris Elba from contention just because he played a minor character in Thor (his face was mostly obscured by the helmet anyway). Chiwetel Ejiofor is a great pick too.
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11:53AM on 06/07/2012

Name in the Ring

Chiwetel Ejiofor, he is an amazing actor, and could have some great interactions with Ruffalo and Downey
Chiwetel Ejiofor, he is an amazing actor, and could have some great interactions with Ruffalo and Downey
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1:11AM on 06/07/2012
My comic nerd is coming out. The arc where he moved into Hell's Kitchen after Matt Murdock was gone was bad ass and one of the best stories Marvel has had in awhile. He was two parts Batman mixed with one part Paul Kersey from Death Wish (minus the giant ass guns).

With that being said, I'm hoping it's an origin so this could be a real jumping point for John Boyega from Attack the Block
My comic nerd is coming out. The arc where he moved into Hell's Kitchen after Matt Murdock was gone was bad ass and one of the best stories Marvel has had in awhile. He was two parts Batman mixed with one part Paul Kersey from Death Wish (minus the giant ass guns).

With that being said, I'm hoping it's an origin so this could be a real jumping point for John Boyega from Attack the Block
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9:52PM on 06/06/2012
Anthony Mackie.
Anthony Mackie.
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3:08PM on 06/06/2012
J. August Richards is perfect for this, plus he's already a Whedonite, which gives him the advantage
J. August Richards is perfect for this, plus he's already a Whedonite, which gives him the advantage
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11:11AM on 06/06/2012
Would love to see a Black Panther film and think it would be very cool to see him incorporated into The Avenger universe. I would have picked Idris Elba for my first pick, but I would love to see Chiwetel Ejiofor take the role.

I also want to see a Doctor Strange movie first before an Ant-Man one.
Would love to see a Black Panther film and think it would be very cool to see him incorporated into The Avenger universe. I would have picked Idris Elba for my first pick, but I would love to see Chiwetel Ejiofor take the role.

I also want to see a Doctor Strange movie first before an Ant-Man one.
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9:00AM on 06/06/2012
I really would like to see this movie get made. I don't know who should play him, but this should definitely be something everyone would like get made. Brings a lot more culture to the Marvel Studios table.
I really would like to see this movie get made. I don't know who should play him, but this should definitely be something everyone would like get made. Brings a lot more culture to the Marvel Studios table.
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12:40AM on 06/07/2012
I really hope this is true. That character is amazing and an absolute badass.

My top 3 picks to play Black Panther (in order)-
1. Anthony Mackie, I just want Mackie in every movie, ever.

2. Isaiah Mustafa, he's buff, agile, awesome, and needs something better than Tyler Perry movies to his name.

3. Rob Brown, a shade young for the character, but he is a phenomenal actor that deserves to shine.
I really hope this is true. That character is amazing and an absolute badass.

My top 3 picks to play Black Panther (in order)-
1. Anthony Mackie, I just want Mackie in every movie, ever.

2. Isaiah Mustafa, he's buff, agile, awesome, and needs something better than Tyler Perry movies to his name.

3. Rob Brown, a shade young for the character, but he is a phenomenal actor that deserves to shine.
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3:30PM on 06/06/2012
Michael B. Jordan would be a cool fit, but he might be too young for the role.
Michael B. Jordan would be a cool fit, but he might be too young for the role.
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8:57AM on 06/06/2012

Idris Elba? AGAIN?

He's already in THOR, how do you want him to be in BP as well? For me, the only one who has the good (and classy) look, just as the physical abilities, is BORIS KODJOE...
But I see an introduction of the character in CAPTAIN AMERICA 2, rather than it's own film yet.
He's already in THOR, how do you want him to be in BP as well? For me, the only one who has the good (and classy) look, just as the physical abilities, is BORIS KODJOE...
But I see an introduction of the character in CAPTAIN AMERICA 2, rather than it's own film yet.
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6:35PM on 06/06/2012

Black Panther vs Black Dynamite

I foresee a classic future Joblo Face-Off fixture!
I foresee a classic future Joblo Face-Off fixture!
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8:07AM on 06/06/2012
I like Panther and I think it could be really cool, but I dont know there is a real audience for this. His fanbase is way below a lot of other characters that have had movies come and go (ahem, GL) without real success. And if thats the case, Hollywood will shred the budget and leave very little to work with.
Blade was a great exception to this rule so maybe it can still happen. Id love to see a worthwhile black hero and they are out there (Bishop, Luke Cage, etc.) but I wont hold my breath
I like Panther and I think it could be really cool, but I dont know there is a real audience for this. His fanbase is way below a lot of other characters that have had movies come and go (ahem, GL) without real success. And if thats the case, Hollywood will shred the budget and leave very little to work with.
Blade was a great exception to this rule so maybe it can still happen. Id love to see a worthwhile black hero and they are out there (Bishop, Luke Cage, etc.) but I wont hold my breath
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9:19AM on 06/06/2012
There's a bigger audience for Ant-Man? I don't think so. Black Panther is one of the best and most popular characters they have. If they want to go more popular they would go with Blade or Punisher, to whom they also have obtained the rights, but other than those two, Black Panther is one of the best characters they have.
There's a bigger audience for Ant-Man? I don't think so. Black Panther is one of the best and most popular characters they have. If they want to go more popular they would go with Blade or Punisher, to whom they also have obtained the rights, but other than those two, Black Panther is one of the best characters they have.
9:52AM on 06/06/2012
You could have said the same thing about Thor, his comics haden't sold for a really long time and was never one of Marvels top 5 and look how that turned out, I think after the success of Avengers everyone is excited for any new hero from the Marvel roster, even the lesser knowns, and BP has a fanbase bigger than a lot.
You could have said the same thing about Thor, his comics haden't sold for a really long time and was never one of Marvels top 5 and look how that turned out, I think after the success of Avengers everyone is excited for any new hero from the Marvel roster, even the lesser knowns, and BP has a fanbase bigger than a lot.
8:33AM on 06/07/2012
Im glad you both think so, but as a black comic book nerd I made an effort to follow and support these books but usually got the shaft with characters like Cloak and those half assed Milestone Comics. I love BP and his story could be amazing but to say everyone is excited for any new hero from Marvel is naive. Look at LelekPL bitching about AntMan already. Believe me, before this hits the screen youll see a lot of other films (AntMan, Dr Strange, Deadpool, etc etc etc)
Im glad you both think so, but as a black comic book nerd I made an effort to follow and support these books but usually got the shaft with characters like Cloak and those half assed Milestone Comics. I love BP and his story could be amazing but to say everyone is excited for any new hero from Marvel is naive. Look at LelekPL bitching about AntMan already. Believe me, before this hits the screen youll see a lot of other films (AntMan, Dr Strange, Deadpool, etc etc etc)
9:17AM on 06/06/2012
If he wasn't already War Machine, I'd say Don Cheadle would be awesome.
If he wasn't already War Machine, I'd say Don Cheadle would be awesome.
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9:35AM on 06/06/2012
Idris Elba is already a marvel character in Thor..duh! I would go with Anthony Mackie
Idris Elba is already a marvel character in Thor..duh! I would go with Anthony Mackie
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12:06PM on 06/06/2012
I know Mr.Marcus is a porn star but that's the guy i imagine as The Black Panther. If Sacha Grey can do Soderbergh , i guess Mr. Marcus can do BP.
I know Mr.Marcus is a porn star but that's the guy i imagine as The Black Panther. If Sacha Grey can do Soderbergh , i guess Mr. Marcus can do BP.
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