The Black Panther Movie Rises Again at Marvel Studios

You can’t keep the King of Wakanda down, especially when he’d make a really, really good big-screen movie. While he’s not nearly as well-known as, say, Spider-Man or Captain America, the Panther’s got real potential. And besides, being obscure didn’t exactly hurt Blade or Ghost Rider. Marvel Studios apparently still thinks a movie version is worthwhile, and has hired screenwriter Mark Bailey, known primarily for gritty documentaries, to pen a script for them.

In the comics, the Black Panther is the not-so-secret superhero identity of T’Challa, the King of a fictional African country called Wakanda. The Panther is a member of the Avengers, and has appeared in various incarnations, including the most recent “Ultimate Avengers” direct-to-DVD movie, “Rise of the Panther”.

As you may or may not recall, a “Black Panther” movie has been in development at one studio or another over the years, many of those with a then-hot Wesley Snipes attached to star. Snipes is, shall we say, indisposed at the moment, so a new star will have to be found should Bailey’s script proves worthy of Marvel greenlighting the film.

Until then, here’s a sampling of what the Black Panther can do:



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  • Anonymous

    Been waiting for this movie for five years. Hopefully Bailey reads the Christopher Priest/Reginald Hudlin run with a little sprinkling of the seventies Kirby & co work. The actor I’ve been rooting for has been Chiwetel Ejiofor, from Redbelt and Serenity. He has the proper African background with European speak to sound regal. As for his father I wanted to see is Djimon Gaston Hounsou from Constantine, he played Papa Midnite. Hopefully this time the scripting process goes smoothly and they accomplish this long underrated black superhero.

  • http://twitter.com/Terminator2366 Bad Zack

    tyreese gibson

    • Anonymous

      You have got to be smoking something. NO. If you remember John Singleton was talking of putting Tyrese as Luke Cage. He doesn’t even fit that role. That should be Michael Jai White. Tyrese just needs to stick with Transformers and Deathrace.

  • Bwolf

    Only actor for this role – Djimon Hounsou . Many would disagree and I doubt it would ever happen. But I think he’s a great African native actor.

  • B-Flash

    Djimon is a great actor and his voice is perfect for The Black Panther which can be heard on the series, Michael is also good but for some reason I cant see him doing the part for some reason but I can see Chiwetel Ejiofor playing him.

  • bumb

    Love the hero but honestly this will be nothing more than straight to dvd.

    • B-Flash

      Why?

    • Juggernaut

      I really think that this has the potential to be a huge franchise for Marvel. With the right cast, a good script and a decent director it could be awsome. Not since Balde Trinity has there been an African American lead in a super-hero movie. Balde Trinity was seven years ago! The African American demographic is an untapped resource as far as comic book movies go. It is time for a super-hero of color!

  • Theagent0fgod

    All these years, more than ten years since the time of the first Blade I always pictured Denzel but at his age he better let Djimon Hounsou at it. Ejiofor doesn’t look African enough but is so cool in every role he plays.

    • Anonymous

      When you talk about age only one person looks young enough to play it Ejiofor. Have you seen a recent picture of Hounsou? He looks more fitted for the role of the father. And as for Ejiofor not looking African enough?! He is African born to African parents but was taught abroad like T’challa. He would be perfect.

    • Ulik

      What do you mean? All African’s don’t look the same. You have to be more specific. Many tribes and people of different areas have different features,hair and skin tones and can still be 100% black African. Do you mean most features of people from Ghana, Nigeria, or Tunisia, Indigenous South African’s, Ethiopians? I’m not trying to sarcastic or funny. But I do understand you would like him to represent a people of darker hue and non-aquiline features right? If so then I agree with that.

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

    I woulda loved Honou back in the day, and up until recently he was my pick, and he still got to play the role in the animated series that just hit DVD. That said Ejiofor is a great choice. IIf they wanted to go a little younger, I’d pick Anthony Mackie (Hurt Locker). But for other cast membors, I’d have Honsou as T’Chaka, Adelwalie Akenobie…Mr. Echo/Adabise (Lost/Oz) as Man-Ape, and also cast Peter Mensah as someone.

  • Juggernaut

    T’Challa/Black Panther- Edi Gathegi
    T’Chaka- Lance Reddick
    Jericho Drumm/Brother Voodoo- MyKelti Williams
    Zanti Chikane- Mos Def
    N’Jadaka/Erik Killmonger- Eammon Walker
    Moses Magnum- Dijimon Honsou
    M’Baku/Man-Ape- Bob Sapp
    Ulyses Klaw- Daniel Craig

  • Juggernaut

    My top four, of which I change my mind between, for T’Challa are Edi Gathegi, Mechad Brooks, Lee Thompson Young and Anthony Mackie.

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

      Gathegi could work but he needs to bulk up, not feeling Brooks, but Young I could kinda see. And of course I agree with mackie

      How about Mahershalalhashbaz Ali from “Predators”?

      • Juggernaut

        I had to look him up, but ueah he could work he is 36 years old though. The others that I mentioned I think the oldest of them was 32. Not a big difference really. It all comes down to the person being suited for the role not their age. Especially in Hollywood where they cast 26-30year old to play a high school kid!

      • Ulik

        Maha,shalahba,who?! Damn that’s almost worse than, well I’ll just say “AAA”.

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

          I know right. He was Mombassa in “Predators” and was a main character on “The 4400.” Didn’t even realize he was the same guy. I liked him in both.
          And yeah calling him Tripple A or Mr. Echo works, but he will always be Adibese to me. LOL.