Hey, Marvel, Anthony Mackie Wouldn’t Mind Playing The Black Panther FYI

Anthony Mackie in Million Dollar Baby (2004) Movie Image

Marvel may or may not be making the Black Panther the lead in one of their future movies without the words Iron Man, Thor, or Captain America in the title, depending on who you ask. But if they were making a “Black Panther” movie, “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” star Anthony Mackie would like them to know he’s up for it if they ever wanted to ask him about it. (If, you know, they were actually making the movie in the first place.)

Here’s what he said specifically to the question posed by Hitfix:

Of course, this is standard operating procedure when asked such a question. What is he going to say? “Um, thanks, but no thanks?” Of course he’ll say he’s interested. He needs to keep his options open for all future projects, especially for something as a “Black Panther” movie, which has the potential to set him up for life.

Having said that, I’d love to see him as the Black Panther. Granted, he hasn’t really done a lot of movies that would make him a no-brainer, but if Marvel needed a young African-American actor (he’s 32) with plenty of screen experience, Mackie wouldn’t be such a bad choice. After all, whoever heard of Chris Hemsworth before he landed “Thor”?

Want to see Mackie in action? Here he is doing his thing with Abe Lincoln in “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”:



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  • Alikat7

    Aldis Hodge would be perfect as the Black Panther and he’s interested too!

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

      Love him on “Leverage”!!! I think he could work too again he’d have to bulk up and it’d be a bit hard seeing him in an action role (he does such a good geek) but he’s a good actor. I’d pick Mackie first though out of the two.

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

    I’ve always said Mackie would be a decent choice for a younger, but diginified T’Challa. He’d need to bulk up but if Tobey Mqguire can do it so can Mackie!

    • Juggernaut

      You’ve been saying that Mackie should be Panther for a long time. I don’t know why I can’t get on board. I like him as an actor. He has range, an heir sophistication when needed and can also bring the ferocity when needed but for some reason he just doesn’t fit the bill!
      @ Alikat7- Aldis Hodge definately looks the part. I’m not familiar with him at all. I’ll need to check him out in Leverage. WHoever they cast, I hope the film does get made. He is a great character and would bring a different fla vor than any of the existing characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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

        Hodge is hopelessly stereotyped as the goofy jokester from Leverage, which may count against him. I can’t see him suddenly putting on some pounds of muscle and developing the gravitas you’d need for a role like this. I think Mackie can do it, though.

        • Juggernaut

          Hmmm… interesting. I’d like to see what they do with the character in a film. I have a feeling that they liken Black Panther to Thor. While they do have some glaring similarities, royalty to a throne of a distant land and all of that, they are more like exact contrasts. While Thor is a young headstrong warrior who needs to find his humanity and compassion to be a king T’Challa, on the other hand is a young, intelligent, composed Prince ready for the throne who must become the savior of his land by becoming their greatest warrior. That contrast could be a great story to see in my opinion.