Is Marvel Doing a Black Panther Movie Next? The Interwebs Says Yes!

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The Black Panther Comic BookThe Black Panther gets no respect. And dude is like, the King of his own nation, too. Last we heard, a “Black Panther” movie had gotten a screenwriter, but that was way back in 2011. Has something changed?

Possibly. According to the boys at Latino Review, Marvel is eyeballing the King of Wakanda as n one of their upcoming two feature-length films post “Thor 2″, “Captain America 2″, and the upcoming “Iron Man 3″ (with many expecting “The Avengers” sequel to be the other one).

LR cites anonymous sources, but from my experience, they have been more right than not when it comes to Marvel stuff. I get the feeling they have someone in the ol Marvel mothership feeding them info.

Whatever the case, if this turns out to be true, then it’s about damn time. The Black Panther is a black superhero from the African nation of Wakanda, famous for its huge supply of vibranium metal, the Marvel Universe metal-from-outer-space that Captain America’s indestructible shield is made of. The Panther, besides being the King of an entire country made wealthy by their supply of vibranium, is basically Captain America minus the super soldier serum — aka superhumanly strong, tough, and agile. Plus, he’s extremely well-educated and smart.

Wakanda has appeared in the background of “Iron Man 2″, but that’s pretty much an Easter Egg for comic book geeks. For everyone else, this will be their first exposure to one of Marvel’s longest-running superhero characters.

The Black Panther Comic Book

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  • Juggernaut

    YES! I hope that this is true. He is one of the second tier of Avengers along with Namor, Ms. Marvel, Vision and Wonder Man who I really want to see. Hopefully we’ll get those and maybe Ant-Man and Wasp introduced in Cap2, Thor, 2 and IM 3 leading into Avengers 2 when they most likely face off agaoinst Thanos and his cosmic army. If they do Black Panther I hope they cast well. This guy would be perfect! THis guy is a virtual unknown having only been in a few things (Charlie St. Cloud, Alien V Predator: Requiem, Red Riding Hood, Tron: Legacy) but he’d be perfect! More than likely it will be someone else but who knows Marvel took a chance on another virtual unknown in Chris Hemsworth and that worked out!

  • Juggernaut

    T’Challa King of Wakanda!!!

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

      I could see him in the role! Though I still say Thanos should be held off til they do Ultron or something. Once you go cosmic where do you go from there. Ultron, as cool as he is, will seem like a wimp compared to Thanos.

      • Juggernaut

        After Thanos almost anything else except maybe the Skrull invasion Masters Of Evil would be underwhelming.

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

          Exactly. That’s whY i say save Thanos for Avengers 3. Let us get an Earth bound threat first. It can’t always be extraterrestrials and interdimensional beings that brings the team together.

  • Lexavi80

    I just read about The Black Panter (LITEREALLY) a couple of weeks ago when I finally got to read Civil War.

    I used to think he was a bad imitation of Batman, but man! I was SO wrong! I’ll say it again… The Black Panter is C-O-OL!

    I fully support a Black Panter movie!

    • Juggernaut

      While there are some similarities in their costume designs (black costume, pointed ears, scalloped cape, sometimes even a half face cowl) however, they could do a slight redesign and seperate any similarities. Black Panther is the man!

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

        Well dropping the cape and having the full face mask would seperate them visually enough. I hated the half face mask in “Ultimate Avengers 2″ That was NOT Black Panther. I did like the vibranium gauntlets though. That was a nice addition.

        • Juggernaut

          I’d do charcoal grey costume with the full mask with smaller ears, gold, vibranium gauntlets, belt, claws, ammulet necklace that is passed down through the generations among the BP’s and accents. Having T’Challa’s father, the preceding Black Panther, T’Chaka wearing the midnight blue costume half cowl, cape with and ceremonial ammulet necklace

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

            I like the idea of the charcoal grey and black. I’m sure they’ll make it like light armor to a point as well which makes sense with Wakandan tech. I really liked the gauntlets from “Ultimate” and think they’d be a great addition. Make them black with silver anf grey highlights. I also like the idea of T’Chaka having a different costume. I thought his mask should be almost like an updated tribal Panther mask.

  • TotesMagotes

    I can picture it now: Black Panther joining the team in Avengers 2.
    Nick Fury says, “Finally we a got a brotha on the team!” lol.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1481491489 Joe Montoro

    Would love to see Will Smith in the role! Could be a great movie series.

    • Juggernaut

      No god please no!

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

        Agreed! He is definitely NOT the one for this part!!

    • http://twitter.com/Coach_Da_King Johnny Mossbkerg

      Will Smith…. Hell no…. Stan Lee wouldn’t allow it

  • schnydz

    How about Djimon Hounsou playing the role? He’s already done voice for Black Panther and the man was awesome in Blood Diamond and Constantine.

    • Juggernaut

      He was definately my first choice a few years ago. Unfortunately he is a bit long in the tooth nowadays. I had him playing one of T’Challa’s arch enemies, Moses Magnum. He’s a dead ringer! Check it out and tell me what ya’ think.

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

        I could see that! I’d save Magnum for a second film, or even the avengers for a Masters of Evil. Man ape (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) and Ulysses Klaw (Udo Kier or Chrisoph Waltz) would be perfect for the first film.

        • http://twitter.com/Coach_Da_King Johnny Mossbkerg

          I would like to see Micheal Jai White as T’Challa and either Wesley Snipes or Djimon Housou and T’Chaka…… I would like to see some kind of interaction with him and SHIELD…. such as a Hydra Plot to Get the vibranium by de-stabalizing the country and Shield responding, or Moses Magnum and Claw leading a with Mercenary Army armed with AIM tech to help Man-Ape conquer Wakanda

  • Juggernaut

    Klaw would be my Villain for a second film. I would have the entire first movie center on T’Challa’s battle for the throne of Wakanda with Man-Ape, whom he beleived killed T’Chaka. At the end of the first film reveal that it was not Man-Ape who was responsible for his father’s death. In actuallity it was his father’s buissiness partner and South African diplomat, Mr. Ulysses who would be played by a lesser known, charcter actor in the beginning of the movie. Ulysses had secretly been depleting the vibranium from the land. When T’Chaka discovered his friend’s plot he was killed by a group of renegades in Ulysses’ employ known throughout Wakanda as The Killmongers (an allusion to BP villain Erik Killmonger). General Audiences won’t see that coming. In an after credits stinger we see Ulysses trying to harness the vibranium in a weapon being made. The second film would have Black Panther tracking down Klaw, The Killmongers and their benefactor, Moses Magnum!

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

      Okay you win!