42 Actors on Marvel’s Black Panther Short List? Nah, Just a Few


Chadwick Boseman

With “42” star Chadwick Boseman at the very top of that very short list, at least according to the cool kids at Latino-Review.

Other names include Morris Chestnut and, well, I don’t know, he’s the only one that comes to mind at the moment. Of course, you could probably put Michael Jai White in there, and I believe Mr. Eko from “Lost” may or may not have actively campaigned for the role at one point.

Black Panther Comic BookAnyways, so Boseman is said to be on the top of Marvel’s “very short list” of actors the studio would like to play the Black Panther in his own superhero movie. That’s probably still a long ways off, perhaps Phase 3, even. (Marvel is currently at the beginning of their Phase 2, in case you’re keeping score at home.)

Boseman would certainly fit the profile that Marvel goes for — young, talented, and at the moment, not prohibitively expensive enough to sign on the dotted line for multiple Marvel movies at a good (i.e. relatively cheap) rate. It’s how Marvel found Chris Evans for Captain America, Chris Hemsworth for Thor, and Robert Downey Jr. for Iron Man.

For those not in the know, the Black Panther is one of Marvel’s few black superheroes, and is the king of his own fictional African country. He’s also a longtime/part-time Avenger in the comics, which makes his appearance in, say, “The Avengers 2″ perfectly logical to comic book fans. He also appeared in the “Ultimate Avengers” direct-to-DVD animated mpvie from a few years back, and if I recall correctly, recently married Storm from the X-Men in the comics.

Of course, Marvel hasn’t really been all that enthusiastic about getting a “Black Panther” movie off the ground, so who knows if this is just one of many meetings that will go nowhere. And like I said, it certainly looks like Marvel already has their Phase 2 slate of films figured out, so the earliest we’ll probably see someone suiting up in the Panther uniform would be, what, 5-6 years from now?

The Avengers featuring The Black Panther Comic Book Cover

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  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    I like! Edi Gathegi (Darwin in X-men First Class) and Aldis Hodge are my other choices.

    • Juggernaut

      Boseman is a good choice. I haven’t seen 42 yet but I’ve heard a lot of good things. My short list would be Matt Ward (Tron: Legacy, Red Riding Hood), Mechad Brooks (True Blood, Necessary Roughness) or Gbenga Akkinagbe (The Wire, The Taking Of Pelham 123) as T’Challa and either Dennis Haysbert, Denzel Washington or Robert Wisdom as T’Chaka.
      As long as we get a BP movie I’ll be happy.

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

        I like your choices as usual, though the first and last are my favs. I still say it’d be great to have D’jimon Honsou as T’chaka as he’s always been my favorite for T’challa but is too old now.

        • Juggernaut

          He would work but I’d much rather have him as Moses Magnum! I’d have the fist film center on the uprising of Man-Ape and his insurgents within the White Gorilla tribe vying for the newly vacated throne of Wakanda after T’Chaka’s death. He could be a really menacing behind the scenes foe for the first film who emerges as the real threat in the follow up. I have a whole trilogy outlined dealing with all of the major enemies and supporting cast. I’d love your input if you’d like to kick around some ideas.

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            See I’d rather have Haysbert as Magnum. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is my choice for Man-Ape. And Christoph Waltz or Gerard Butler for Klaw

          • Juggernaut

            Akinnuoye-Agbaje for Man-Ape and Christoph Waltz are bothe awesome choices for those roles! Although I would want to go bigger for Man-Ape. That role needs an actor who is completeyly massive. Towering over even an above average actor (6’2″). I origianlly had Michael Clarke Duncan cast before his untimely death and afterward thought that Bob Sapp (Elektra, The Longest Yard) would be a good replacement.
            Matt Ross (American Psycho, Big Love) was my first choice for Klaw with Sharlto Copley (District 9, The A-Team) as my second choice.

  • hijo325

    he should be played by a white actor !!

  • schnydz

    I always thought Djimon Hounsou (blood diamond) would be a good choice as well.

  • Masaii

    One that will not speak with an american accent, but african. And not a military suber builder, but more the athletic type.

    One thing about the movie, I hope it will mostly be in Africa, Hope they will show him with is father when he was young, hope to see him with Storm as a child using Storm real name to don’t make trouble with X-Men. I just came back from a nice Safari in Tanzania, they can make a lower budget movie with astonishing picture in Africa like we don’s see much in movies. Probably show a fight with The father and Cap America during the second world war.

    Black Panther in one of my 3 favorite super hero with Hulk and Wolvering so make it a dame good movie.