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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: