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Marvel Ready To Bet On Black Panther?
He could be a new standalone pic

06 June 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Latino Review

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Marvel Ready To Bet On Black Panther?

With Marvel riding high on the success of those assembled Avengers, and plans for sequels to their current crop of on-screen heroes well under way, it’s only natural for the company to press ahead with the next stage in their character evolution. And if Latino Review scoop hound El Mayimbe’s sources are correct, it looks like one of those stages will be to finally get Black Panther prowling through cinemas.

There has been no official word from either Marvel Studios or their Disney distribution partners to either confirm or shoot down the chatter, but it would certainly not come as a big surprise since there was movement on the idea as recently as January 2011.

Documentarian Mark Bailey was hired to take the latest crack at T’Challa, the African prince who becomes a hero as part of his royal family’s legacy. That would building on clues and easter eggs smuggled into the likes of Iron Man 2 (where T’Challa’s secretive home nation of Wakanda cropped up on a map) and Captain America (though it isn't directly mentioned, his shield’s vibranium comes from a mine underneath Wakanda). A member of the Avengers, he’s also been prominently featured in the animated adventures of the superhero team that predate this year’s movie.

The Panther hasn’t been the easiest character to adapt, however, with several attempts failing in the past. Even Wesley Snipes and Artisan / Lionsgate couldn’t make it work. Now it appears Marvel is definitely looking to get him lined up in his own franchise and, most likely, joining with Stark, Thor, Cap and company when the Avengers assemble once more. The comics version even ended up marrying X-Men's Storm, but competing studio interests are likely to stop that appearing onscreen any time soon.

We’ll have to wait and see what pans out. Meanwhile, why don’t you hit the Twitters and the comments to tell us who you see as T’Challa? We’ll open the discussion with the idea of Chronicle’s Michael B Jordan.

If all this talk of Marvel’s possible plans has you jonesing for some more concrete word on the future of the cinematic universe, why not check out the latest issue of Empire, which features an exclusive chat with company film boss Kevin Feige. You can get it in traditional paper format and also in shiny iPad versions for the UK and US.


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Realistic depiction
Wakanda could be realistically depicted as one of many African nations exploited by U.S. foreign policy and corporations. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLV9szE u9Ag More

Posted by Spelunker4Plato at 00:07 on 26 August 2012 | Report This Post

Black Panther
There are many black actors in Hollywood, who can take on the role, all I want is the character's back story and screen time to be has good has Wesley Snipes in blade. The first blade movie set the standard for black super hero's taking box office money. Nuff Said! Nick Furyy More

Posted by ORSON KUBRICK at 21:43 on 08 June 2012 | Report This Post

Hounsou's age isn't an issue...
Djimon Hounsou is only like a year older than RDJ, so his age isn't that big a deal. Not to mention that T'Challa is often portrayed as middle-aged... He's in shape, and still a damn sight younger than Sly Stallone, who's making a second Expendables movie... More

Posted by samurai82 at 21:21 on 06 June 2012 | Report This Post

Noel Clarke no way!! Idris Elba is already part of Thor's universe so he is a no go!! Dijmon honsou is to old he is like 50. Michael jai white maybe cause he has the martial arts back round. Anthony mackie is my choice or maybe even terry crews More

Posted by Jubby at 19:26 on 06 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Chewie
Chiewie or Stringer Bell. Must be.   Definitely NOT Noel Clark. More

Posted by st3veebee at 16:26 on 06 June 2012 | Report This Post

Chewie
It's been said before and I'm going to say it again. This is a role perfect for Chiwetel Ejiofor. He can act, do accents, display gravitas and presence and to cap it off he can kick some serious arse. More

Posted by Jayseph at 15:10 on 06 June 2012 | Report This Post

Sorry, Empire was showing an error when I posted
I thought that the post hadn't gone through. *hides* More

Posted by samurai82 at 14:58 on 06 June 2012 | Report This Post

Black Panther is not imminent
ComingSoon.net has already dispelled this as a myth. But, I'd love to see the character on the big screen! So many people think that he's a Batman rip-off, but he's nothing like Bats. I'd personally want to see Djimon Hounsou wear the mantle of the Panther! More

Posted by samurai82 at 14:55 on 06 June 2012 | Report This Post

Black Panther is not imminent
ComingSoon.net has already dispelled this as a myth. But, I'd love to see the character on the big screen! So many people think that he's a Batman rip-off, but he's nothing like Bats. I'd personally want to see Djimon Hounsou wear the mantle of the Panther! More

Posted by samurai82 at 14:55 on 06 June 2012 | Report This Post

Black Panther is not imminent
ComingSoon.net has already dispelled this as a myth. But, I'd love to see the character on the big screen! So many people think that he's a Batman rip-off, but he's nothing like Bats. I'd personally want to see Djimon Hounsou wear the mantle of the Panther! More

Posted by samurai82 at 14:55 on 06 June 2012 | Report This Post

hmm..
i reckon that noel clarke suggestion was put forth by none other than.. noel clarke :P i reckon chiwetel ejiofor or djimon hounsou would be perfect for the role. More

Posted by hollocaine at 14:23 on 06 June 2012 | Report This Post

hmm..
i reckon that noel clarke suggestion was put forth by none other than.. noel clarke :P i reckon chiwetel ejiofor or djimon hounsou would be perfect for the role. More

Posted by hollocaine at 14:23 on 06 June 2012 | Report This Post

This Should Have Been Settled Years Ago
Chiwetel Ejiofor, no doubt. I take it as a personal insult that there's even discussion about this. More

Posted by Marly93 at 14:08 on 06 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Has to be...
Never really been bothered about Panther bit dull. Now Luke Cage that's something else. More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 13:24 on 06 June 2012 | Report This Post

Has to be...
Idris Elba or Chewitel Ejiofor. They could convincingly do the action, along with the accents. Id rather cast Rachel McAdams as the chracter than Noel Clarke (cant act, no charisma, not hard or deep voiced enough). No offence. More

Posted by spideed2 at 13:07 on 06 June 2012 | Report This Post

Please Let this happen
I dont care who plays him, this just has to happen, Panther is one the best 'under dogs' in the marvel world, which is wrong he should be up there with the likes of cap and hulk etc and this film could put him there More

Posted by Gazzabrook at 13:01 on 06 June 2012 | Report This Post

I'd love to see Idris elba in the role! Taken I hear you say? how bout Michael Jai White? To old I hear you say? chiwetel Ejiofor then or how about Anthony Mackie or newcomer Cory Hardrict? This one has got me really thinking there arent that many young black actors that are coming to mind. That Noel Clarke suggestion has to be a joke tho! Whoever they cast im excited about this one!!! More

Posted by Seagalisahero! at 12:23 on 06 June 2012 | Report This Post

LeBron James...
doubt he could act as well as he kicks ass on a basketball court mind... More

Posted by partybee at 12:06 on 06 June 2012 | Report This Post

Anthony Mackie is perfect for the role!! Might need to hit the gym and do some weights tho More

Posted by Jubby at 12:04 on 06 June 2012 | Report This Post

All I know is that I want to see Luke Cage in the next Avengers (Assemble) film. Preferably portrayed by the leader of Team Bring It, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson More

Posted by Killjoy_Gee at 12:04 on 06 June 2012 | Report This Post

All I know is that I want to see Luke Cage in the next Avengers (Assemble) film. Preferably portrayed by the leader of Team Bring It, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson More

Posted by Killjoy_Gee at 12:03 on 06 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
Apologies if i've spelt his name wrong, basically it's Mr Eko from Lost. More

Posted by dirtypunk at 10:17 on 06 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE:
How about Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje ? More

Posted by dirtypunk at 10:16 on 06 June 2012 | Report This Post

Dijmon Honsou would be perfect (not a pun) More

Posted by Cal_Bob at 09:50 on 06 June 2012 | Report This Post

Noel Clarke. End of conversation. More

Posted by clarkkent at 08:46 on 06 June 2012 | Report This Post

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