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Stan Lee says Marvel is actively developing the Black Panther movie

Jul. 1, 2013by: Alex Maidy

Stan Lee is an important figure in Marvel comics history. While he is revered by fans and those in the industry, he is more of a figurehead these days. Like Hugh Hefner, I am sure Lee has knowledge of the day to days of his creations, but maybe not all the inside info.

At the Wizard World Comic Con in New York City this past weekend, Lee was the featured special guest and, as expected, he was asked about the state of the ever popular Marvel Cinematic Universe. Lee had this to say:

“The people at Marvel are spending hours trying to think ‘what’ll we do next.’ And there’s a damn good chance that they will think just what you mentioned because it would be a great idea, and little by little, everything you want to see will come along because they’re just like you. They’re fans of the stories and are trying to think ‘what will the fans like to see next? What would we like to see next?’ So they’re working on ANT-MAN, working on DOCTOR STRANGE; they’re working on GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY; they’re working on god knows what. Did I say the BLACK PANTHER also? They’re the ones I know about.”

Now, we know those first three films are happening, so Stan Lee uttering BLACK PANTHER in the same group sounds awfully like an unofficial confirmation that it may be one of the Phase Three movies, possibly even the 2016 entry Marvel will likely be announcing at Comic Con.

With Vin Diesel recently saying Marvel was talking to him about some role in their films, could it be too much of a stretch to think he may be Marvel's choice as the Prince of Wakanda?

Source: ScreenRant

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3:50PM on 07/01/2013

mless they're going to black face vin

It's not going to work. (that is, of course, if they are eyeing him.) Idris Alba would be my pick.
It's not going to work. (that is, of course, if they are eyeing him.) Idris Alba would be my pick.
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4:10PM on 07/01/2013
Idris Elba is already Heimdall i don't think they will mix up characters like that
Idris Elba is already Heimdall i don't think they will mix up characters like that
3:52PM on 07/01/2013

Let me revise my previous statement

It wouldn't work IN GENERAL.
It wouldn't work IN GENERAL.
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4:03PM on 07/01/2013

This Is Going to Happen!

Black Panther is a huge part of The Avengers and he is an awesome character! On top of that the box office from a black super hero would be massive and would give some racial diversity to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Vin Diesel simply would work; he would be perfect if he were 100% African American but he isn't and would simply come across as ridiculous in this role.
Black Panther is a huge part of The Avengers and he is an awesome character! On top of that the box office from a black super hero would be massive and would give some racial diversity to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Vin Diesel simply would work; he would be perfect if he were 100% African American but he isn't and would simply come across as ridiculous in this role.
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4:08PM on 07/01/2013
I really wish they saved Idris for Black Panther, he would have kicked so much ass. If they go with Diesel, I honestly wouldn't be upset because he would bring in the box-office and he does consider himself a person of color. Plus, he played a latino in Fast and Furious and he's not even latino.
I really wish they saved Idris for Black Panther, he would have kicked so much ass. If they go with Diesel, I honestly wouldn't be upset because he would bring in the box-office and he does consider himself a person of color. Plus, he played a latino in Fast and Furious and he's not even latino.
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7:22PM on 07/01/2013
You do know the name "Toretto" has a history in many ethnic groups and its origin actually isn't known to be solely of Italian origin? And the name Mia can be given to anyone, not exclusively to Italians?
You do know the name "Toretto" has a history in many ethnic groups and its origin actually isn't known to be solely of Italian origin? And the name Mia can be given to anyone, not exclusively to Italians?
5:57PM on 07/01/2013
How in the hell is Dominic Toretto a Latino name??? And his sister's name is Mia... you gotta brush up on your ethnic names, that name right there is Italian.
How in the hell is Dominic Toretto a Latino name??? And his sister's name is Mia... you gotta brush up on your ethnic names, that name right there is Italian.
4:37PM on 07/01/2013

Black Pather

Isiah Mustafa would make a great Black Pather.

Idris Elba would be great too, but i'd rather see someone fresher. He's someone who can move quick and while Elba has established himself as an action star, i dont think he's the right look for the character. Plus Elba was already a character in the Thor movie, that may not bother many of the fans or the Marvel Excecs, but it bothers me a little with the continuity.
Isiah Mustafa would make a great Black Pather.

Idris Elba would be great too, but i'd rather see someone fresher. He's someone who can move quick and while Elba has established himself as an action star, i dont think he's the right look for the character. Plus Elba was already a character in the Thor movie, that may not bother many of the fans or the Marvel Excecs, but it bothers me a little with the continuity.
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4:38PM on 07/01/2013
I actually think a well done Black Panther movie could be a huge hit for Marvel. It would also taps into a whole new market for them. There is not a lot of black superheroes around so its a great way to break barriers. However I feel Marvel will throw all that away if they cast Vin Diesel. I enjoy the man's work (especially as Riddick) but he is just not right for the role of Bl ack Panther. I normally don't believe race should play a factor in the casting but here it absolutely should. I
I actually think a well done Black Panther movie could be a huge hit for Marvel. It would also taps into a whole new market for them. There is not a lot of black superheroes around so its a great way to break barriers. However I feel Marvel will throw all that away if they cast Vin Diesel. I enjoy the man's work (especially as Riddick) but he is just not right for the role of Bl ack Panther. I normally don't believe race should play a factor in the casting but here it absolutely should. I understand Diesel's mixed heritage but there is no way he would be believable as the leader of an African nation. I also don't feel he could accurately portray the intelligence and leadership qualities necessary for the role. Vin would work great in a Marvel movie but just not as the Black Panther.
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4:40PM on 07/01/2013

Nathon Fillon!

Just kidding
Just kidding
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4:48PM on 07/01/2013

Everyone wants Idris....

I know he played Heimdall, he was wearing a mask and makeup.... recast Heimdall for the new Thor. That will give people time to get over Idris playing him, and be able to let him move over to BP. He is a very marketable actor, far suited playing such a strong and important character in the universe. Thoughts?
I know he played Heimdall, he was wearing a mask and makeup.... recast Heimdall for the new Thor. That will give people time to get over Idris playing him, and be able to let him move over to BP. He is a very marketable actor, far suited playing such a strong and important character in the universe. Thoughts?
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5:05PM on 07/01/2013

only one person can play black panther

Kevin Hart


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Kevin Hart


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5:10PM on 07/01/2013

Dynamite. Dynamite.

They've got to get Black Dynamite on this one.
They've got to get Black Dynamite on this one.
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6:05PM on 07/01/2013
Or at least as his father!
Or at least as his father!
5:14PM on 07/01/2013
Vin Diesel cetainly has to be considered for Black Panther & as someone has mentioned before, he is part black.
Vin Diesel cetainly has to be considered for Black Panther & as someone has mentioned before, he is part black.
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5:16PM on 07/01/2013
This isn't me making any judgements either way, but I do enjoy seeing people argue that Black Panther HAS to be an African America, but that a majority of iconic Caucasian characters should be inter-changeable depending on the best actor for the part.

Again I'm not saying it's right or wrong, I realise that there's extremely limited positive black lead roles out there in movie-land (especially in comic book movies) and that capitalising on Black Panther should mean casting a black actor to
This isn't me making any judgements either way, but I do enjoy seeing people argue that Black Panther HAS to be an African America, but that a majority of iconic Caucasian characters should be inter-changeable depending on the best actor for the part.

Again I'm not saying it's right or wrong, I realise that there's extremely limited positive black lead roles out there in movie-land (especially in comic book movies) and that capitalising on Black Panther should mean casting a black actor to equalise the amount of available roles. However I just enjoy watching people try to justify equality by demanding certain roles from one ethnicity should be changed whilst another shouldn't.

As far as I'm concerned either all roles should stay the same ethnicity as the source material, or they all should be inter-changeable towards the better actor, I feel it's unfair to pick and choose which race should be supported and which shouldn't, regardless of the balance of scales.

In a lot of cases, and Black Panther falls under this, the ethnicity is integral to the history, aesthetics and motivation of the character.

It's all very interesting.
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5:46AM on 07/02/2013
Honestly, I'm just thinking out loud more than anything. As you can see I'm struggling to agree that either choice is the way to go, rather that it doesn't matter what you agree with when it comes to racial casting, there's always going to be hypocrisy coming from somewhere. It's why they can make Jimmy Olsen into Jenny Olsen (if they actually did, it was hard to tell), turn Perry White into a black man, but everyone wanted Superman to be a white American male even though it's hard to really
Honestly, I'm just thinking out loud more than anything. As you can see I'm struggling to agree that either choice is the way to go, rather that it doesn't matter what you agree with when it comes to racial casting, there's always going to be hypocrisy coming from somewhere. It's why they can make Jimmy Olsen into Jenny Olsen (if they actually did, it was hard to tell), turn Perry White into a black man, but everyone wanted Superman to be a white American male even though it's hard to really argue that his character is at all racially motivated. It's hypocritical to say that this supporting role and that supporting role are inter-changable for both gender and race, but this main role HAS to be one way or another.

I'm saying that I find it interesting that people will argue that Black Panther cannot be Vin Diesel (a man with black roots funnily enough) and instead needs to be black, as he is an "African" character. However there are a large amount of White Africans in the world. I find it interesting that people can argue for a black Bond as England is made up of more people than just the white man....but nobody's arguing that Africa is made up of more people than just the black man.

I do feel that true equality casting does come in keeping ALL roles equal (as long as the role isn't ethnicity motivated, so for example off the top of my head Tarantino's Django). I can utterly see why people would want Caucasian (or other) roles opened up for non-Caucasian actors, to 'equalise' the available roles, but in believing that then I feel that there can be an inherited double standard.

Equality should surely mean it's fair across the board for any actor to go for any part, not that any non-Caucasian actor can go for a Caucasian part, but not vice-versa. It should be about wiping the board clean, so to speak, and giving everyone a fair opportunity regardless of background, not about playing catch up for any particular group of non-Caucasian actors?

Of course that would be in a perfect world that isn't majority ruled by a white man in the leading role.

But then, on the flip-side, having said all of that, would I want an Asian Batman? Or a Black Superman? Probably not if I'm honest. Does that make me racist, or against equality casting. Not at all. I simply already identify with aesthetics of the characters from the comics, and would want the most accurate and literal translation of that character possible. Or maybe I just refuse and afraid to admit that I can relate easier to those characters at the moment as I am Caucasian, although I can't see that being the case as I'd hate Blade/Shaft/Black Panther to be anything but Black.


3:11AM on 07/02/2013
Are you saying that you find that there are contradictions and double standards in the arguments? Because you seem to clearly understand that if "...ethnicity is integral to the history, aesthetics and motivation of the character", then they shouldn't be interchangeable. But in the case of the majority of iconic caucasian characters, they do not cling to their race as a necessity.

The "if we can have a Black Kingpin then it's ok to have a White Shaft"-argument makes no sense and it's
Are you saying that you find that there are contradictions and double standards in the arguments? Because you seem to clearly understand that if "...ethnicity is integral to the history, aesthetics and motivation of the character", then they shouldn't be interchangeable. But in the case of the majority of iconic caucasian characters, they do not cling to their race as a necessity.

The "if we can have a Black Kingpin then it's ok to have a White Shaft"-argument makes no sense and it's completely missing the point. It's not about picking and choosing which race can be supported and which won't. It's about not eliminating the equal chance of capable actors for characters that are not motivated by their Caucasian traits.
5:24PM on 07/01/2013

hmm

Idk if vinny is the best person to play black panther seeing how he`s well not black but i`d be willing to see it nonetheless assuming they get the story right
Idk if vinny is the best person to play black panther seeing how he`s well not black but i`d be willing to see it nonetheless assuming they get the story right
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6:55PM on 07/01/2013
He considers himself a person of Color.... he certainly isnt white...and he would fit Black Panther perfectly, because most "Blacks" come in diff shades and colors. So yes, he would make a good Black Panther. Now yes, if you want someone darker tone ala Wesley Snipes then yes, you have a point.
He considers himself a person of Color.... he certainly isnt white...and he would fit Black Panther perfectly, because most "Blacks" come in diff shades and colors. So yes, he would make a good Black Panther. Now yes, if you want someone darker tone ala Wesley Snipes then yes, you have a point.
5:50PM on 07/01/2013
Keep the Black Panther away from our daughters!
Keep the Black Panther away from our daughters!
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6:06PM on 07/01/2013
Where is the Cast This Black Panther?! Or did they do that already?
Where is the Cast This Black Panther?! Or did they do that already?
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6:26PM on 07/01/2013
the internet cries out for Idris Elba.
the internet cries out for Idris Elba.
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7:03PM on 07/01/2013
great news, expand the universe.
great news, expand the universe.
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7:36PM on 07/01/2013

This is great news

Black Panther is the hero I'm most excited to see on the big screen, well of the ones we haven't seen yet anyways. Vin doesn't really work for me though, Yes I understand he is part black, and they should find a part for him eventually, I'm just not sure he can pull of Black Panther, he's a lot more than muscle, and I think it would take an actor who can play some depth to bring the Panther to life.
Black Panther is the hero I'm most excited to see on the big screen, well of the ones we haven't seen yet anyways. Vin doesn't really work for me though, Yes I understand he is part black, and they should find a part for him eventually, I'm just not sure he can pull of Black Panther, he's a lot more than muscle, and I think it would take an actor who can play some depth to bring the Panther to life.
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8:35PM on 07/01/2013
Great to hear. Should be cool to see the Marvel universe expanded even more through a Black Panther film.

The ideal choice would be Idris Elba, but considering he was already in Thor, then I would love to see Chiwetel Ejiofor. He would make an awesome Black Panther.
Great to hear. Should be cool to see the Marvel universe expanded even more through a Black Panther film.

The ideal choice would be Idris Elba, but considering he was already in Thor, then I would love to see Chiwetel Ejiofor. He would make an awesome Black Panther.
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9:11PM on 07/01/2013
Black Panther would be a great choice. Marvel has taken some heat over the monochromatic nature of their lineup so far. BP is also a badass, earth-bound hero that fits in with the Avengers while also offering the possibility of international intrigue. He broadens the horizon a bit, which is a good thing.

But, holy shit, Vin Diesel would be a fucking awful choice for this part. Just fucking terrible. I think he is great at what he does, and I'm a fan, but he would be 100% wrong as BP, prince
Black Panther would be a great choice. Marvel has taken some heat over the monochromatic nature of their lineup so far. BP is also a badass, earth-bound hero that fits in with the Avengers while also offering the possibility of international intrigue. He broadens the horizon a bit, which is a good thing.

But, holy shit, Vin Diesel would be a fucking awful choice for this part. Just fucking terrible. I think he is great at what he does, and I'm a fan, but he would be 100% wrong as BP, prince of an African nation.
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9:26PM on 07/01/2013

Hmmm

as much as i would love to see a black panther movie, it would be great to see a prominent african american actor in the lead part. nothing against vin diesel but he isnt the right choice (if a choice at all).

I would like to see either David Oyelowo or Djimon Hounsou in the part. Djimon is my first preference, and the dude can act!
as much as i would love to see a black panther movie, it would be great to see a prominent african american actor in the lead part. nothing against vin diesel but he isnt the right choice (if a choice at all).

I would like to see either David Oyelowo or Djimon Hounsou in the part. Djimon is my first preference, and the dude can act!
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10:05PM on 07/01/2013
Wanda Sykes for Black Panther! She's black, and she digs chicks, so she's perfect!

(Makes about as much sense as Vin Diesel anyway...)
Wanda Sykes for Black Panther! She's black, and she digs chicks, so she's perfect!

(Makes about as much sense as Vin Diesel anyway...)
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10:57PM on 07/01/2013

Please cast a black actor for Black Panther!

If Marvel's going with an origins tale, then John Boyega would be great. He's only 21 but he has a young Denzel Washington vibe I really like. Aml Ameen (THE BILL) is older at 27, and is another great actor.

Nelsan Ellis (TRUE BLOOD) is an incredible actor, but I'm not sure how he'd handle the physicality. Mehcad Brooks has both the acting chops and the physique to make a great Black Panther, too. I like the idea of giving a lesser-known actor a shot, and it suits Marvel's penny-pinching
If Marvel's going with an origins tale, then John Boyega would be great. He's only 21 but he has a young Denzel Washington vibe I really like. Aml Ameen (THE BILL) is older at 27, and is another great actor.

Nelsan Ellis (TRUE BLOOD) is an incredible actor, but I'm not sure how he'd handle the physicality. Mehcad Brooks has both the acting chops and the physique to make a great Black Panther, too. I like the idea of giving a lesser-known actor a shot, and it suits Marvel's penny-pinching ways.
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11:30PM on 07/01/2013
I was thinking this would happen eventually. It ticks all the right boxes as far as uniqueness goes. Iron Man is the closest Marvel has come to traditional superheroes. They know their pantheon is no match for DC in that respect, so it makes total sense to play up the crazier, one-of-a-kind heroes at their disposal.

As for Vin Diesel, if he's not playing a villain in a closer upcoming Marvel movie, like Guardians or Avengers 2, I'll eat my hat. I don't own a hat, no, but if I'm wrong and
I was thinking this would happen eventually. It ticks all the right boxes as far as uniqueness goes. Iron Man is the closest Marvel has come to traditional superheroes. They know their pantheon is no match for DC in that respect, so it makes total sense to play up the crazier, one-of-a-kind heroes at their disposal.

As for Vin Diesel, if he's not playing a villain in a closer upcoming Marvel movie, like Guardians or Avengers 2, I'll eat my hat. I don't own a hat, no, but if I'm wrong and I ever buy one, I promise to eat it.
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3:06AM on 07/02/2013
Well, it's about bloody time.
Well, it's about bloody time.
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3:18AM on 07/02/2013
Vin Diesel may be 1/6th African-American or whatever but I don't buy him as a prince from a central African nation. Not the guy who plays Dom TORRETO. I hafta do some research before I do a 'cast this' on Black Panther (kinda funny I spend more time on that than on my real job)
Vin Diesel may be 1/6th African-American or whatever but I don't buy him as a prince from a central African nation. Not the guy who plays Dom TORRETO. I hafta do some research before I do a 'cast this' on Black Panther (kinda funny I spend more time on that than on my real job)
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4:10AM on 07/02/2013

The real question

The real question is, should they cast older, like 40s, or younger and go for an actor in their 20s, and have an older T'Chaka, either could work,

If they cast younger, which I think they should, as there is a lacking of younger people in the Avengers, they should go for an unknown, or maybe Donald Glover, but cast someone like Djimon Honsou as T'Chaka,

If they go older, I'd be happy to see Djimon Honsou or Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as T'Challa, and maybe Morgan Freeman as T'Chaka.
The real question is, should they cast older, like 40s, or younger and go for an actor in their 20s, and have an older T'Chaka, either could work,

If they cast younger, which I think they should, as there is a lacking of younger people in the Avengers, they should go for an unknown, or maybe Donald Glover, but cast someone like Djimon Honsou as T'Chaka,

If they go older, I'd be happy to see Djimon Honsou or Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as T'Challa, and maybe Morgan Freeman as T'Chaka.
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8:49AM on 07/02/2013
I hope this ends up being true. Black Panther is such a unique character and would be amazing to see on screen. I don't really have any ideas of who I think should play Black Panther. I feel they should cast younger and develop a really great trilogy with the character, but I don't know many younger black actors, everyone that pops into my head is probably pushing 40 or older at this point. Regardless of whether they decide to go younger or older, they better cast black! And it better not
I hope this ends up being true. Black Panther is such a unique character and would be amazing to see on screen. I don't really have any ideas of who I think should play Black Panther. I feel they should cast younger and develop a really great trilogy with the character, but I don't know many younger black actors, everyone that pops into my head is probably pushing 40 or older at this point. Regardless of whether they decide to go younger or older, they better cast black! And it better not be Vin Diesel, he's a great action star, but he's not the right fit for this character, whatsoever.
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11:08AM on 07/02/2013
Being African, from Kenya, where BP is based, I feel highly insulted that they feel the need to overshadow our culture and people by casting a non BLACK actor as BP. We dont have many in Hollywood and of all characters, the one strong black lead cant even be cast right? Smh...but hopefully that rumor subsides.
Being African, from Kenya, where BP is based, I feel highly insulted that they feel the need to overshadow our culture and people by casting a non BLACK actor as BP. We dont have many in Hollywood and of all characters, the one strong black lead cant even be cast right? Smh...but hopefully that rumor subsides.
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11:47AM on 07/02/2013
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje will always be my choice. Not sure if he'll be considered after getting booted off of LOST.

I love Idris Elba but don't see him playing BP & it has nothing to do w/ Thor.

Whoever they pick had better be friggin ALL black! They HAVE to know it has to be this way.
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje will always be my choice. Not sure if he'll be considered after getting booted off of LOST.

I love Idris Elba but don't see him playing BP & it has nothing to do w/ Thor.

Whoever they pick had better be friggin ALL black! They HAVE to know it has to be this way.
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4:25PM on 07/03/2013
It is hollywood, they still make Asian characters white. But i always thought Djimon Hounsou is the perfect BP, but Adewale is a good choice too.
It is hollywood, they still make Asian characters white. But i always thought Djimon Hounsou is the perfect BP, but Adewale is a good choice too.
1:48PM on 07/02/2013
Why not Eddie Murphy? He played an African Prince in Coming To America. Or maybe Arsenio Hall.
Why not Eddie Murphy? He played an African Prince in Coming To America. Or maybe Arsenio Hall.
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7:53PM on 07/03/2013

Vin Diesel

I am putting my bets on the Vin Diesel playing Man-Ape. He's a bit lighter skinned and Vin is built just like him. He's a main villain of Black Panther for those not familiar. [link]
I am putting my bets on the Vin Diesel playing Man-Ape. He's a bit lighter skinned and Vin is built just like him. He's a main villain of Black Panther for those not familiar. [link]
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