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BLACK PANTHER is in Marvel's Movie Pipeline...

...so says El Mayimbe at Latino Review.

"Monty Cristo" here again.

They left some breadcrumb hints toward this in the pinpointing of Wakanda (Black Panther's homeland) in IRON MAN 2, and it would connect to the use of Vibranium (Wakanda's big export) in Cap's shield, as well as the move toward the "cosmic" Marvel universe, since the Vibranium is mined from a meteor that fell from the sky. Moreover, they've layered T'Challa into the AVENGERS: EARTH'S MIGHTIEST HEROES cartooon as well as the Lionsgate direct-to-DVD animated films (ULTIMATE AVENGERS 2).

 

El Mayimbe seems to think that Nate Parker (from RED TAILS) is the perfect pick to play T'Challa, King of Wakanda and Black Panther, but I disagree.

When I met ATTACK THE BLOCK's John Boyega last year, along with director Joe Cornish, I told him right then and there that he had better be ready to go after the role of T'Challa when (not if) Marvel did a movie. Based on a very wide grin, he seemed very familiar with the part.

Come to think of it, ATTACK THE BLOCK director Joe Cornish is co-writing ANT MAN for Marvel. If he's into directing BLACK PANTHER for them, they'd be fools to not pay him a princely sum to do so. ANT MAN won't start immediately no matter what if Edgar Wright is busy with the third installment of the Cornetto Trilogy.

 

What say you, readers? I'm a huge fan of the Priest/Texeira Marvel Knights run of PANTHER in the comics, among other takes on the character. I can't wait for this one to get rolling.

 

Moisés Chiullan
"Monty Cristo"
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  • June 5, 2012, 5:01 p.m. CST

    FIRST!!!!

    by LizardMan

    But am I happy...

  • June 5, 2012, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Done right...

    by MaxHeadroom

    This could be a good one.

  • June 5, 2012, 5:02 p.m. CST

    SECOND... to say who gives a fuck!

    by greigy just wanted to say

  • June 5, 2012, 5:02 p.m. CST

    This was gonna be Wesley Snipes circa 1990.

    by EyeForgiveMelGibson

  • June 5, 2012, 5:02 p.m. CST

    THIRD To say still not caring...

    by greigy just wanted to say

  • June 5, 2012, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Michael Jai White or Chiwetel Ejiofor

    by MonkMayfair

  • June 5, 2012, 5:05 p.m. CST

    yeaaaah, not interested

    by imagegod

    If you added him later on like Hawkeye and Black Widow then ok... but there are more important characters to get on first. I'd rather see Hank Pym and Vision as top priorities.

  • June 5, 2012, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Get Boyega a killer trainer

    by Sean

    And he'd be great

  • June 5, 2012, 5:07 p.m. CST

    About damn time they started on this

    by Terrence

    He more than warrants his own movie. Luke Cage and Iron Fist can share a flick to be honest. But the last time we actually got a black superhero flick that wasn't just created a la Hancock but based within an established label was Blade.

  • June 5, 2012, 5:07 p.m. CST

    "URBAN" PANTHER

    by FlickaPoo

  • June 5, 2012, 5:08 p.m. CST

    LL Cool J

    by James

    he was gonna be Dolemite, let him be Black Panther instead, lol

  • What are his "powers"? Does he have a compelling storyline? This is a very niche character from what I can gather so this will be difficult to translate. However Marvel did just that with Thor and they haven't missed with the MCU yet; so I'll give them the benefit of the doubt here. I'm glad to see someone new and Ant-Man just doesn't do it for me.

  • June 5, 2012, 5:10 p.m. CST

    I'm all for a white woman playing Black Panther.

    by zillabeast

  • June 5, 2012, 5:11 p.m. CST

    & 3!

    by Cedric Ford

  • June 5, 2012, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Chitwelel Ejifore

    by saintsaucey

    Though is he too old. Should the black panther be young like thor

  • June 5, 2012, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Do we need this movie?

    by Judge Briggs

    Really?

  • June 5, 2012, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Who is Black Panther's big foe?

    by Felix

    Man Ape? They should hire David Mamet to write and direct this, set it in Chicago, with Chiwetel Ejiofor as Black Panther.

  • June 5, 2012, 5:14 p.m. CST

    And here my friends, is where the Avengers franchise goes to shit

    by Logan_1973

    It was fun while it lasted.

  • June 5, 2012, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Another B level hero no-one cares about.

    by Simon Butler

    Combine that with the full face mask that no-one will want to wear, plus the fact that he's just a low-grade Batman clone... let's be honest...Marvel have filmed the big hitters. Look at their comics roster, the major sellers are spidey, the x-series, avengers and the component titles from there... after that who? I'd like to say Doc Strange but he's too po-faced. Same goes for the Silver Surfer. Shang-chi or Iron Fist? Nah...just another martial arts movie. Luke Cage? YAWN! There is no-one else really. Same goes for poor old DC. Superman and Batman are the only ones people are interested in. Let's have a break from comics eh?

  • Instead of just saying black or latino, the story says Marvel is courting the "urban" audience. Black Panther isn't urban. He comes from the fucking jungle. His name isn't Urban Panther.

  • June 5, 2012, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Lation Review? LATINO review. Damnit.

    by D.Vader

  • June 5, 2012, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Nic Cage!

    by Mickster_Island

    It'd be kind of racist to just get a black guy

  • June 5, 2012, 5:20 p.m. CST

    chicago doesnt exsist in the dojo

    by saintsaucey

    Or in the marvel universe. Only New York

  • June 5, 2012, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Djimon Hounsou

    by Get_Me_An_18-Man_Fire_Team_In_12_Hours

    Perfect casting. I don't care how old he is. And his arch-nemesis was The Claw, that guy that could turn sound into solid matter. At least according to the F4 cartoon.

  • June 5, 2012, 5:20 p.m. CST

    this dammit

    by saintsaucey

  • June 5, 2012, 5:21 p.m. CST

    I dont get the appeal.

    by Cymbol

    Some superheros don't warrant their own movie. Kind if like that Phantom movie with Billy Zane. Same reason Hawkeye doesn't have his own movie. Would rather see Luke Cage.

  • June 5, 2012, 5:24 p.m. CST

    And here I thought myou were actually going to rovide some NEWS!

    by Jaster Mareel

    Silly me! AICN isn't about fucking NEWS! It's about rumours and conjecture!! For the record, Black Panther has been in active development at Marvel for 15 fucking years or more. It was actually in development BEFORE Blade! By the way, I vote for Michael Jai White for T'Challa.

  • Ten years from now people are going to throw up at the thought of another comic book movie and that's a shame because The Avengers was a real achievement.

  • June 5, 2012, 5:26 p.m. CST

    It's Dewayne "The Rock" Johnson

    by y2kezay

    I don't like it but its true. Marvel already offered him a movie and he's being coy about which one it is. Then this news breaks....UGH!

  • Everett K. Ross is Michael J. Fox.

  • I haven't been reading that comic book since T'Challa married Storm. <p> Don't tell the producers or they'll make the movie about TEEN Black Panther.

  • June 5, 2012, 5:33 p.m. CST

    chuck_chuckwalla

    by Monty Cristo

    Yes. This. You and I are brain-mates.

  • And change his sexual orientation to "bi-curious"

  • June 5, 2012, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Chiwetel Ejiofor or nothing.

    by Mysterious_Volvo

  • June 5, 2012, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Can we get the fucking Runaways movie rolling already??

    by Michael Miller

    Seriously!!!!

  • June 5, 2012, 5:47 p.m. CST

    John Boyega? ... 19 years old ... as Black Panther? ...

    by GINGE_MUPPET

    No thanks.

  • June 5, 2012, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Idris Elba

    by scors54

    Make it happen.

  • If they make this movie without MJW, I'm not interested.

  • June 5, 2012, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Idris Elba: Already Heimdall, also too old...

    by Monty Cristo

    At the beginning, T'Challa is quite young, and not yet king of Wakanda, his father T'Chaka is. I doubt they're going to cast someone in the age profile of Elba, Michael Jai White, Djimon Hounsou, or Chiwetel Ejiofor in the role, and not just because of age. They're all too well-established, and on the business side, Marvel does not want someone who costs that much. They want an equivalent to Chris Pine in STAR TREK 09, a young guy they can make a household name/face that won't resist signing a 10-film commitment or something similar.

  • June 5, 2012, 5:54 p.m. CST

    @tandemar57 You are crazy. The Brubaker/Fraction/Aja

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

    Immortal Iron Fist would make for brilliant fun, if translated properly. Though they should make a 70's-esque Heroes for Hire first.

  • June 5, 2012, 5:56 p.m. CST

    Chiwitel Ejiofor

    by sapno_krei

    Ive pictured the Operative from SERENITY in the role for so long, anyone else would be a disappointment. Sure, there are bigger, younger, more muscular actors, but few have the acting skill and charismatic screen presence as ol' Chewie.

  • June 5, 2012, 5:59 p.m. CST

    I'd rather have a Sex Panther movie.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • June 5, 2012, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Moses, brother! Can you hear that? That's for you, man.

    by Doctor_Strangepork

  • June 5, 2012, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Won't happen- nobody wants to see a black superhero

    by captzeep

    "Red Tails" bombed.

  • June 5, 2012, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Can he fly?

    by JRcanReid

    Iron Man needs some fucking help up there.

  • June 5, 2012, 6:09 p.m. CST

    No...

    by TDH1138

    I'm a HUGE supporter of the Marvel film universe and want more, but Black Panther needs to be introduced as a secondary character in another movie OR Marvel Studios needs to do "One Shots" for the theaters BEFORE each Marvel movie to introduce these characters so they can get into upcoming Avengers films. Ala "Pixar Shorts", 10-15 minute shorts. Good writing, good upcoming directors... asses are already in the seats and this works. THIS is how they need to intro Dr. Strange, Black Panther, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Ms. Marvel... etc... etc... It would be solid.

  • June 5, 2012, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Let's give this a chance

    by 2soon2eat

    I think Marvel is maturing nicely. Iron man 2 was a wake up call that I think they took very seriously. animated Ultimate Avengers 2, while lackluster, had an interesting mix up sci-fi and African lore that could work well in a movie.

  • June 5, 2012, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Make Black Panther mysterious

    by 2soon2eat

    Marvel studio needs a hero that can work the shadow. Black Panther fills this role: FACT!

  • June 5, 2012, 6:12 p.m. CST

    LARNELL STOVALL!!! (fatpaul)

    by Monty Cristo

    I can't believe I didn't throw his name in the original post. BRILLIANT action choreographer.

  • June 5, 2012, 6:14 p.m. CST

    snore! what a bland character.

    by andy kaufman

    theres at least 20 other marvel heroes that need a movie before black panther. id rather see a iron fist and luke cage movie

  • June 5, 2012, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Michael Jai White has the physical presence...

    by AnarchyWorldsEnd

    ...and some under rated acting chops. Black Dynamite is hilarious BTW :-)

  • June 5, 2012, 6:15 p.m. CST

    @captzeep, ever hear of BLADE fuckhole?

    by Jaster Mareel

    You know, the BLACK superhero that kicked off this massive fucking wave of superhero films we've been riding ever since?

  • June 5, 2012, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Black Panther could ve a very cool movie in the right hands

    by Cobb05

    But I think the smart move would've been to have him be introduced in a Captain America sequel and then give him his own movie.

  • June 5, 2012, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Chiwetel Ejiofor was born to play T'Challa!

    by The Krypton Kid

  • June 5, 2012, 6:19 p.m. CST

    captzeep ever hear of Blade?

    by Cobb05

    People will go see a good black superhero movie. Red Tails bombed because they tried too hard to modernize it with the dialogue. You put good people behind Black Panther and come up with a good movie and people will go see it. Drop he ball and come up with a shitty movie and no one will care.

  • And Ant Man seems like the beginning of the end too. Really?...Ant Man? <p> The Avengers was achieved in glorious fashion. Everything else from here on out is pure gravy.

  • June 5, 2012, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Peolpe, just watch Ultimate Avengers 1&2!

    by voxmortis

    Joss' Avengers was pretty much the first Ultimate Avengers film, including using the Chitari! Black Panther can be any age, as it's handed down from the King of Whatever to his son on his death. Expect the Black Panther movie to follow Ultimate Avengers 2 prologue. I haven't seen the Marvel Knights Black Panther yet... Hoping the have the balls to make harder films a la Punisher: War Zone.

  • Serious. He'd be good. As long as he can act.

  • Yeah, that'll do just fine.

  • June 5, 2012, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Avengers 2 = Oceans 11

    by 2soon2eat

    Classic heist film where thieves = Avengers and Vegas casino = super villain Can you see Black Panther pulling some serious Mission Impossible shit for the team? Oh yes...oh yes.

  • June 5, 2012, 6:30 p.m. CST

    how about one of these guy from THE WIRE

    by spike0037

    Michael Kenneth Williams - Omar Jamie Hector - Marlo Stanfield Gbenga Akinnagbe - Chris Partlow Idris Elba would be great but he is Heimdall in the Thor movies. or how about the Old Spice commercial guy Isaiah Mustafa but he has said he would rather play Luke Cage.

  • June 5, 2012, 6:33 p.m. CST

    my mom says

    by mick vance

    there's a lot of black people in africa...

  • June 5, 2012, 6:34 p.m. CST

    who care

    by phxmagirises

    Capt america barley did any business and he is well known does marvel really think these second rate characthers are gonna bring in big bucks??? Cash grab. I dont care about b characters just intirduce them in avengers 2 as part of the team already showing in btwn their own adventures they have also been recruiting more memebers.

  • June 5, 2012, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Awesome!

    by cloverock70

    Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje !

  • June 5, 2012, 6:38 p.m. CST

    doctorwho? he's black and Samoan. Son of famed wrestler Rocky Johnson.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • June 5, 2012, 6:41 p.m. CST

    I was thinking the same thing mr incredible

    by DoctorWho?

    Marvel could dovetail them right into these story lines...SANS ORIGIN RE-TELLINGS. Black panther and Ant Man wouldn't even be on the radar.

  • June 5, 2012, 6:44 p.m. CST

    Make the Black Panther female ...

    by DrMorbius

    and get Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who). She'd be purrrr-fect.

  • June 5, 2012, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Sam Jackson!!!

    by Erik Radvon

    20 years ago...

  • June 5, 2012, 6:57 p.m. CST

    Too bad Marvel no longer owns Spiderman ...

    by DrMorbius

    I can envision a Spiderman-Black Panther- Kraven the Hunter crossover ...

  • June 5, 2012, 6:58 p.m. CST

    dr strange, the inhumans, and namor first plz.

    by vulturess

    and disneymarvel need to get dd and the ff back.

  • June 5, 2012, 7:06 p.m. CST

    Sure, why not, couldn't be worse than Captain America

    by animatronicmojo

    Come on, you doubters, Black Panther was the first black superhero, period. I think he's a great character and deserves his own movie, because he has a rich, and much better than a-barrel-of-radioactive-waste-fell-on-his-head, origin story here. It'd be swell to start the story with the meteor and proceed with Chiwetel Ejiofor as King T'Chaka for a touching father and son mentor/pass-the-torch kinda first act taking place in big beautiful Africa. (But, of course, they'll eventually have him visit NYC for the obligatory exploding taxi cab and skyscraper destruction porn.)

  • June 5, 2012, 7:09 p.m. CST

    animatronicmojo

    by CodeName

    Lest you forget Halle Berry's Catwoman.

  • June 5, 2012, 7:10 p.m. CST

    RE: animatronicmojo

    by CodeName

    Or Michael Jai White's Spawn.

  • Otherwise they would be a nation of assholes.

  • bitch?

  • June 5, 2012, 7:22 p.m. CST

    Racism is not funny, clever or cool. Why do you

    by Smarty_Feldman

    haveyou have to split people apart like that? There is enough of that shit... Way more than enough in "the real world" so why can't you give it a fucking break in this world? If any of you racist assholes said the things you are saying in front of me, I would rip your dick off, make you eat it, wait patiently till you shit out the remains and then stuff that back in your ass. Try it. See you at Comic con.

  • June 5, 2012, 7:26 p.m. CST

    Michael Jai White?

    by slone13

    I haven't seen Black Dynamite, but he was horrible in Spawn. (It didn't help that the movie was an utter piece of shit, but still...)

  • June 5, 2012, 7:27 p.m. CST

    smarty_feldman

    by CodeName

    Racism does suck. Unfortunately, Hollyweird hasn't figured that out yet.

  • June 5, 2012, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Can't picture the Rock as T'challa...

    by nerdator

    Could picture him as Namor though. I'd love to see a Hawkeye/Black Widow movie before Black Panther. Or Cap & the Falcon. Or Heroes for Hire. Or Ant man. A Blade reboot maybe. Or Daredevil.... Panther was always just a cameo to me. He should be too busy with the running his own country to have a whole movie's worth of adventures.

  • I would slap you were we in person. Your distain for Ant-Man is based clearly on his not so "bad ass" name. The ideas that Henry Pym's science brings to the table are completely amazing. Allow me to help your tiny brain embrace it. Imagine playing a first person style video game, now imagine running about in said game and in real time by holding down the trigger or some such thing, your character becoming the size of a building in a matter of seconds, or holding the other trigger down and shrinking to the size of an insect, or smaller, perhaps so small that you cross into another dimension completely and you find yourself in the Microverse, which you probably have never heard of because you are a false marvel fanboy.

  • June 5, 2012, 7:32 p.m. CST

    I approve of Boyega and Cornish...

    by fingerlickingood

    that is all

  • June 5, 2012, 7:38 p.m. CST

    Johnny Depp for the win!

    by chaburchak

    After all, he's bound to have a black great-great-uncle or 2nd cousin by marriage twice removed, so he'd be perfect! (And if not, we can always get a black neighborhood to adopt him like the Comanche Nation did...)

  • June 5, 2012, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Michael K Williams The Wire

    by Matthew

  • June 5, 2012, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Michael K Williams The Wire's Omar for Black Panter?

    by Matthew

    a man's gotta have a code

  • June 5, 2012, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Robert Downey Jr. in his Tropic Thunder character

    by Mandolorian

    Perfect!!

  • June 5, 2012, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Black Panther was the first black superhero...

    by Hipshot

    Introduced in FF back in the late 60's, or early 70's. Snipes would have been perfect, but by the time he's out of prison...too old and too much baggage. Look at some of the comments on the talkback and you'll see the resistance some white audiences will have to the concept, so they'd better really bring it. The Reggie Hudlin run was terrific fun (especially kicking a young Captain America's ass. But then...so did Batman). T'Challa has hugely advanced strength, speed, and agility, and Wakanda is the most technically advanced nation on Earth, but chooses not to interact with the outside world. There are tons of terrific stories that could be told blending Black Panther with the Marvel Universe.

  • June 5, 2012, 7:48 p.m. CST

    Mahershala Ali from Predators

    by GHETTOGEPPETTO

    He was great in the 4400

  • June 5, 2012, 7:48 p.m. CST

    Tone down the "Black." Tone up the "Africa."

    by Horgy

    I would love to see a GOOD movie, set in Africa, about a superhero that fights the bad guys, in the jungle. What worries me is that it will play way too much to the "urban" demographic, and will turn from a good, dark superhero movie into Soul Plane 3.

  • June 5, 2012, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Chiwetel Ejiofor or Bustttt

    by milesdyson

    He's a great actor who can be all the things T'Challa is supposed to be. quiet, regal, mysterious, tough,etc

  • June 5, 2012, 7:58 p.m. CST

    As long as there are some bitches in spandex, or nearly naked, I don't care.

    by Queefer Sutherland

    Bring on the tits and ass!

  • June 5, 2012, 8:10 p.m. CST

    BP has a lot of potential

    by Chuck_Chuckwalla

    Being African, he's sort of a fish out of water and could be interesting in the same way that Thor and Cap are fish out of water. He's royalty, like Thor. He's a skilled fighter like Cap and Black Widow. He's a genius level inventor and scientist like Iron Man and Banner (and Ant Man) He's black like Nick Fury (sorry I couldn't resist).

  • June 5, 2012, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Would rather see Powerman/Iron Fist or Moon Knight done first

    by Crimson Dynamo

  • June 5, 2012, 8:25 p.m. CST

    Mr. Eko from Lost

    by KLeishear

    The man can already pull of the accent plus he has a hell of a screen presence.

  • June 5, 2012, 8:30 p.m. CST

    unstoppablepoopenstein

    by Monty Cristo

    Marvel paying their usual cheap-ish rates is still a lot of money, or "princely sum" to us regular folks.

  • June 5, 2012, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Listen closely

    by Cruizer Dave

    You can hear the string of decent Marvel movies grinding to a halt.

  • June 5, 2012, 8:36 p.m. CST

    How about Shang Chi, Master of Kung Fu?

    by Queefer Sutherland

    Do it all James Bond-y like they Gulacy and Moench did in the comics.

  • Why not cast Channing Tatum, or Matt Damon as BP? Why do all the casting choices have to be black? Are there no white actors out there that can bring justice to this character? I'm sorry, if you don't agree with me... you're probably a racist inbred.

  • June 5, 2012, 8:49 p.m. CST

    according to superherohype.com, this rumor is false.

    by Thanos0145

  • June 5, 2012, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Hey Monty

    by quicksilver80

    Are you the guy who replaced the infamous Paul Christoforo as the Avenger gaming controller marketing rep after his debacle with a customer and subsequent Internet flogging by the Penny Arcade guys? I think I read your name in one of the boards (If you don't what I'm talking about, google it, it's hilarious)

  • Dudes, some of you are still ignorant and still want to play racial politics. If a movie like Blade showed anything, it was that a Black superhero can defy stereotype and still have broad based appeal. Sadly, it seems some of you did not get the memo or just plain forgot. BP does not need to be a tentpole feature nor does it need to try and 'heal' the racial divide. All it needs to be is a damn entertaining movie that all races can equally enjoy and that will do far more to erase stereotypes than any 'message' that may or may not be present will do. Maybe it will even have a more lasting impact than Blade had because BP is a mainline Marvel character, but I tend to doubt it. Still, why do some of you begrudge a BP movie and yet no similar cries of anguish before ghost rider -although certainly after, and Elektra? Get over yourselves and take a hit on this here dragon while i ejicate ya

  • June 5, 2012, 8:54 p.m. CST

    smarty feldman....maybe I missed it but...

    by DoctorWho?

    What 'racism' are you referring to in this TB that's got you all in a tizzy?

  • ...the Casino Royale intro left us ready for more, than the mainstream inexplicably abandoned parkour without a proper encore.

  • June 5, 2012, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Boyega in the close-ups, David Belle in the suit!

    by ThulsaBoom

  • June 5, 2012, 9:08 p.m. CST

    In the Ultimates, Black Panther is WHITE!!!!!

    by Simpsonian

    He is an angsty white teen, who listens to Public Enemy.

  • ...love to see him in Cap 2 or 3.

  • ...maybe Black Panther, Falcon, War Machine, Nick Fury, Storm, Powerman, Blade and Thunderball travel back in time to stop the mad, god-scientist Yacub from making the worst mistake of a his lives. Urban market indeed.

  • June 5, 2012, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

    by Michael

    Or "Mr. Eko", if you will, was attached to this at one time, wasn't he? Heard he's hard to work with, but he would be a nice choice. I dunno. I always liked the character, his costume, his nobility, etc, but I've having a hard time seeing how this could succeed. As someone already stated, he's kind of just an African Batman (though I guess they actually have one of those now at DC), and he really has almost no 'rogues gallery'. If he doesn't stay in costume for long, I'm not interested. Because that was seriously one awesome looking outfit.

  • June 5, 2012, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Jimmy Walker!!!!

    by Queefer Sutherland

  • ...with Chiwetel Ojiofor as old BP.

  • June 5, 2012, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Priest's run on BP is one of the all time greats....

    by Somewhat Sarcastic

    I would love to see geopolitical divides brought into the Marvel Cinematic Universe - hopefully Marvel can wrestle the rights back to Fantastic Four from Fox and bring in Namor and Doom to display the hard choices T'Challa has to make as a head of state. I'd also like to see how Wakanda Design Group competes with Stark Industries. Why not see Cap in Africa during the 40's meeting T'Chaka? chuck_chuckwalla and monty - I would probably piss myself in delight if we opened up with Everett K Ross driving to pick up T'Challa and his entourage in his Miata while singing Jungle Boogie. Ross is a must for any BP movie. He's our window into the Panther. Fox would have been fantastic as Ross, but I think with his Parkinson's he's out. Matthew Perry would be good, but I think he's too old for the role. Jeremy Piven? As for a suggestion for the role, Daniel Feinberg suggested Michael B. Jordan (Parenthood, Friday Night Lights) - if we're going young with T'Challa, he might be good.

  • June 5, 2012, 9:28 p.m. CST

    Justice League is coming eh?

    by whatevillurks

  • June 5, 2012, 9:29 p.m. CST

    A few years ago people put Iron Man as a Marvel B-lister

    by Chuck_Chuckwalla

    And now he's a top level Marvel character. Hell, he's probably close to a Spider-man level of popularity now. All it takes is a good script and director with a good budget to make a great film and second, third or fourth tier heroes can become A-listers. My pick for BP director: Antoine Fuqua.

  • Priest's run just felt a little too heavy handed for me. Opinions. Whatcha gonna do, right? Don't quite know who would make a good BP either. I could joke and scream JALEEL WHITE, but I don't have shit. =) Better that they just pick an unknown lead and a really standout supporting cast like they did with Thor.

  • June 5, 2012, 9:38 p.m. CST

    Throwin' out some names

    by Dustin Geisler

    Marvel shot themselves in the foot with Idris Elba because he would be an awesome Black Panther. But while we're throwing out potentials, how about Donald Glover (aka Troy from Community, hip hop artist Childish Gambino). He's built, but not bulky, and he's young. Other names come to mind are Omar Sy and Columbus Short

  • June 5, 2012, 9:40 p.m. CST

    Also, Denzel for T'Chaka

    by Dustin Geisler

    That would be bomb

  • June 5, 2012, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Adapt he story-arc when Black Panther took over for Daredevil

    by MooseMalloy

    That's over with, right?

  • June 5, 2012, 9:49 p.m. CST

    *the

    by MooseMalloy

  • June 5, 2012, 9:50 p.m. CST

    Also, make the entire soundtrack consist of old Olatungi tracks

    by MooseMalloy

  • June 5, 2012, 9:51 p.m. CST

    I like Tchaikovsky

    by Ebixby

  • June 5, 2012, 9:52 p.m. CST

    I like Tchalla....the bread...

    by Ebixby

    It makes good Texas toast..

  • June 5, 2012, 10 p.m. CST

    Fuck this. You want a black Marvel Batman?

    by Relentless85

    Then do a Nighthawk flick. And yes I'm referring to the Supreme Power Nighthawk.

  • June 5, 2012, 10:05 p.m. CST

    AMAR'E STOUDAMIRE AS BLACK PANTHER, LECHOKE JAMES AS LUKE CAGE, JEREMY LIN AS SHANG CHI

    by big_dicks_cum_from_small_beginnings

  • does not even want to be a super hero, is a nerdy scientist. THAT is interesting. Yawn it just accured to me that I am probably arguing with 14 year olds.

  • June 5, 2012, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Aldis Hodge for T'Challa/Black Panther FTW

    by OhGawDuhhh

    He's perfect for the role. If I had to cast, my money's on him. Thoughts?

  • June 5, 2012, 10:39 p.m. CST

    @green gargantua: I get you

    by OhGawDuhhh

    I watched 'Ultimate Avengers: The Movie' on Netflix Streaming while doing homework and, uh, I didn't like him being an annoying prick. I like him better portrayed like on 'Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes' where he's a pacifist and is always at odds, in regards to principles, with the team.

  • June 5, 2012, 10:46 p.m. CST

    IDRIS ELBA

    by Geekgasm

    you heard me.

  • June 5, 2012, 10:48 p.m. CST

    FINALLY! To be honest, I've been waiting for either Black Panther or

    by sweeneydave

    Doctor Strange. Nothing has really been interesting to me since the epic awesomeness of Avengers. I'm officially excited again!

  • June 5, 2012, 11:03 p.m. CST

    LATINO REVIEW SAYS THIS IS FAKE

    by gk1

  • June 5, 2012, 11:07 p.m. CST

    @SweeneyDave...who's your ideal Doc Strange?

    by Dogmatic

  • June 5, 2012, 11:30 p.m. CST

    Just a reminder to the Marvel movie fans...

    by Mojo-Wan

    I like the Avengers as much as you guys, but if you think this run on Marvel movies is indicative of inherent superiority... well, I'll refer you to pre-Blade times, when Marvel Movies were made only for the purposes of maintaining rights and always so awful that they buried them in vaults so they'd never be seen again. Marvel has their own studio and they are running it VERY well right now. DC does not have their own studio, and pretty much have to sit by and let the CW handle their properties and let Green Lantern get made. DC's biggest problem is the lack of influence of people who see anything but dollar signs in a comic book character.

  • June 6, 2012, 12:03 a.m. CST

    For those suggesting the Christopher Priest run...

    by Cyrus Clops

    ...that's exactly what I came on here to say. There's no more perfect source material for them to mine. Everett K. Ross is the perfect "entry level" character to follow around (and might shut up some white viewers who might be wary of a black superhero lead. They could even focus the trailers and TV spots around him if they were that worried about only appealing to an "urban" audience. Build up T'Challa as a savvy badass at the same time, calculating but inscrutable through the eyes of this new, bewildered character (who would also provide the comic relief to Panther's intensity). Priest covered both Wakanda and New York, so a viewer could potentially get the best of both worlds, so to speak, the grandeur of Wakanda and the street-level, relatably American reality of the Big City. The Dora Miaje could be included as someone else for T'Challa to bounce off of, pad action sequences, and provide some Black Widow-style mild titillation. Obviously the whole Blackheart thing, as funny as it was in the comics, would probably have to go, but there's plenty in that run of fifty or so comics, both character and plot, that would make for a really excellent movie in the right hands (which is always the rub, isn't it?).

  • June 6, 2012, 12:11 a.m. CST

    idris elba

    by william

    Would be my pick for panther's father or maybe his rival.

  • June 6, 2012, 12:20 a.m. CST

    Latino Review updated this story with a concise: NOT TRUE.

    by victor_von_gloom

  • June 6, 2012, 12:25 a.m. CST

    I think that I'd make a great BROWN HORNET!

    by Chris Moody

    But, seriously, I could play the BLACK PANTHER too.

  • perish the thought

  • June 6, 2012, 12:49 a.m. CST

    He's the best character on the cartoon Avengers

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    Because he's the only rational one. He's the perfect straight man on the team full of ego and testosterone.

  • June 6, 2012, 12:51 a.m. CST

    Here we go again: *Waaaah, not well known enough to warrant a movie*

    by DidntPullOutInTimeCop

    EVERY Marvel studio movie has gotten this comment (well, maybe not IH). When did movie fans start thinking like producers? With this thinking there could never be any movies based on an original idea. NOTHING NEW, cause it wasn't well known in a comic book or book before...

  • June 6, 2012, 1:41 a.m. CST

    There will be NO Antman movie!

    by Nik

    You read it here first.

  • June 6, 2012, 3:13 a.m. CST

    @ultratron

    by MrLongbaugh

    *Panther kicks cap's ass. Just like in real life where the black guy beats up the white guy* I don't know if you are white or black, but you obviously believe that sterotype. I'm not racist, but I have beat the crap out of black guys and white guys alike.

  • June 6, 2012, 3:27 a.m. CST

    Black Panther

    by Charles Griggs

    I will believe it when I see it. I don't think there will be a Wonder Woman, Black Panther, or any other minority or female superhero, stand-alone, because I think the studio folks will assume that the core audience is too racist/sexist for them to make their money back.

  • June 6, 2012, 4:12 a.m. CST

    Copy the Lion King

    by Johnboy40

    I don't know much about the black panther, but copy the hamlet/lion king set up. Someone like Djimon Hounsou as his father, and Chewitel as an uncle. Uncle engineer's father's death and finds a way to pin it on T'Challa. T'Challa, being aged about 5-10, takes off with his bodyguard/mentor and travels the world ala Bruce Wayne. Ends up in the states, gets educated there, and is working for Stark, aged about 20-25, when his bodyguard/mentor type tells him of his heritage, and how, as he is coming to the right age, he will gain the powers of the black panther, abilities which pass along the royal bloodline ect (so he can have proper fight with his uncle, who will also have the powers, and is, of course, ruling Wakanda as a dictator.). he decides to go home, prove his innocence, and reclaim the throne. which he does, of course. Sling a few quid for Tony Stark and Nick Fury cameos. You can then cast someone like the kid from Chronicle and not have to worry about him trying to put on an african accent without him sounding like a clown, cos he will have lived in the US for 10-15 years. (I'm keeping Michael K Willimas for the inevitable wesley-less blade reboot. I can see Blade walking into a vampire nest whistling and soime vampires running away shouting "Blade coming"

  • June 6, 2012, 4:23 a.m. CST

    dogmatic

    by beatitudesputnik

    "I think it just goes to show that Marvel heroes are so much more film translatable b/c they are so much more relatable than DC characters." I know right, coming at us with their Magically Equipped Gliding Amazon Warriors, Strategically Undefeatable Urban Ninja Detectives and Nigh-Omnipotent Alien Guardians is so totally redonk. I see that crazy shit and I immediately walk across the street to Marvel to get my good old fashioned stories, the way they used to be made, about common normal decent folks like Unfrozen Patriot Super-Soldier, Giant Radioactive Id-Creature, Otherdimensional Shakespearean Techno-deity, Egotistical Super-Intelligent Transhumanist Playboy Philanthropist Robot Suit Man, Sexy Russian Formerly Evil Assassin, and of course, let's not forget Agent Coulson. The secret agent for a globetrotting intelligence agency who serves as a nice realistic character for us to focus on as a relatable anchor.

  • June 6, 2012, 4:34 a.m. CST

    I love that people are calling Black Panther A B lister

    by Phategod2

    That no one cares about people said the EXACT same thing about Ironman, then Thor, then Cap. And Those movies turned out pretty well. very short attention spans her on the web.

  • June 6, 2012, 4:37 a.m. CST

    Stand alone? I don't know...

    by Andrew

    I belive PB should be introduced as a support character in Cap 2, just to give him the get go for Avengers 2. A whole movie about him would be hazardous for the marvel studio flawless franchise (yes, i loved IM2). The same could be said for Iron Fist, Power Man or Ant Man. On the other hand Dr.Strange could be a winner, it would take a sidestep from the regular MSMU (Marvel Studio Movie Universe), givin'a breather to the continuity and the main non-comic-fan audience, and it would give the chance to introduce the concept of 'magic' in the MSMU, enche offering an extra edge to the heroes in the upcoming Thanos bashing. My 2 cents.

  • June 6, 2012, 4:52 a.m. CST

    Please have a part for Charlie Murphy!

    by hallmitchell

    I wouldn't mind some comedy in this! Just not goofy, stupid comedy like in the Green Lantern or that steaming pile The Green Hornet.

  • June 6, 2012, 4:52 a.m. CST

    People once called Blade - C List.

    by hallmitchell

    Didn't that rave scene put an end to that.

  • Nobody wants a 'kid' Black Panther. Not only won't it work on screen, long term it just won't fit if they want to stay true to the character on screen. It's bad enough that we have a Cap that has no real presence whatsoever, and a Fury that is just Sam Jackson acting like Sam Jackson in an eye patch, let's try and get someone for T'Challa that actually has the presence that is required of the role. I mean, sure, yoiu can hire a younger actor for origin or flashback scenes, but you can't have a teen/early 20's Black Panther, not and fit in with everything else already established in their Marvel filmic universe. And there are plenty of great, lower tier (i.e. cheap enough to make Marvel happy) actors to choose from. Personally I'd go with Adawale Agbaje Akkinuoye or Idris Elba (despite his other marvel movie appearances), but Michael k Williams, Chiwetel Ejiofer, Djimon Hounsou, Aldis Hodge, Hell, there's plenty of known, and I'm sure unknown, guys out there that could do the role justice.

  • Nobody wants a 'kid' Black Panther. Not only won't it work on screen, long term it just won't fit if they want to stay true to the character on screen. It's bad enough that we have a Cap that has no real presence whatsoever, and a Fury that is just Sam Jackson acting like Sam Jackson in an eye patch, let's try and get someone for T'Challa that actually has the presence that is required of the role. I mean, sure, yoiu can hire a younger actor for origin or flashback scenes, but you can't have a teen/early 20's Black Panther, not and fit in with everything else already established in their Marvel filmic universe. Especially if you intend Black Panther's views to be able to carry true weight and for him to have a true presence within the Marvel Movie Universe, as he very much should. And there are plenty of great, lower tier (i.e. cheap enough to make Marvel happy) actors to choose from. Personally I'd go with Adawale Agbaje Akkinuoye or Idris Elba (despite his other marvel movie appearances), but Michael k Williams, Chiwetel Ejiofer, Djimon Hounsou, Aldis Hodge, Hell, there's plenty of known, and I'm sure unknown, guys out there that could do the role justice.

  • June 6, 2012, 5:25 a.m. CST

    Too easy to get this wrong...

    by chronicallydepressedlemming

    I've never had THAT much faith in Hollywood, tbh.

  • especially after Redbelt, with Elba and Boyega rounding out things, amongst other actors. But time is getting on... Black Panther has the chance to be utterly badass, but rich and layered with Wakandas civilization, they better realise they have something like a Batman Begins- Dark Knight potential here, or at the very least their next Iron Man.

  • June 6, 2012, 6:01 a.m. CST

    White flight

    by weebay

    @rosetta_the_stoned Let's be honest. Black audiences have never had a problem watching "white" movies, we've done it all of our lives. It's only certain whites who seem to have a problem if every story in the world doesn't revolve around them.

  • June 6, 2012, 6:25 a.m. CST

    Full face mask! None of this open-mouth bollocks.

    by Farrokh

  • Oh god. Donald Glover? Seriously, that's the name that popped (unwillingly) into my head...

  • June 6, 2012, 7:14 a.m. CST

    Cast an actual Panther.

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

  • June 6, 2012, 7:15 a.m. CST

    Thor and Cap and Iron Man: B-Listers?

    by NightArrows

    I don't recall anyone with a brain saying that... Black Panther however does nothing for me, and I've always thought of him as a B-Lister. I've never been a fan and really wouldn't bother with this film.

  • June 6, 2012, 7:20 a.m. CST

    wow, with the rampant racism in this talkback

    by ragermac

    Black Panther is a great character. In the hands of a good director it can be an epic film. All you who are making these racist comments and claiming he is a worthless character are nothing but filthy bigots who are taking up everyone else's air.

  • June 6, 2012, 7:23 a.m. CST

    Seriously, though. Forget Priest. Give us the Don McGregor

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

    version.

  • June 6, 2012, 7:27 a.m. CST

    idris Elba or GTF-to the "O"!

    by Stalkeye

    So what if he was previously in Thor. Look at what double casting did to Chris Evans.

  • June 6, 2012, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Excited about a Black Panther movie

    by Jerry

    Actually, I look forward to a Black Panther movie. The Tex and Priest stories are some of the best. In fact, as I first read this article, I was wearing a Black Panther shirt with art by Tex.

  • Remember back in the 90's and we saw "The Phantom" I thought it was pretty cool, but so terribly cheesy. Black Panther is one of those 'maybe' titles IMO. Up there with "Green Hornet", "Bone", X-O Man o War", etc. If you weren't a huge comic fan you didn't know about these characters. Black Panther is only 'recently' in the new cartoons. I don't recall him having his own book or hardly being in any of the tv shows back in the 80's. I DO actually hope this would get made into a movie, I think it would be a great story. I just don't see audiences clamoring for this or willing to see it... like "Ant-Man". I'm getting tired of seeing you guys talk about it like it's the most anticipated movie of all time. Anyhoo, just my .02 republic credits. -Rex

  • Cage was just a pardoy of the blaxploitation era during the Seventies. Hence the Jive talking, silly outfit and not to mention a brotha that escaped from Prison because he was framed by "The Man". Pass Panther's concept has much more to offer than Luke Cage. From the advanced city of wakanda to unraveling conspiracies that involve certain "nations" trying to overthrow Wakanda and Tchalla's regime in order to obtain their most precious asset: Vibranium. Besides, Panther can do so much on screen as opposed to some big guy smashing walls and shit.

  • June 6, 2012, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Watched attack the block last night

    by Joe

    and i thought the same thing about John Boyega

  • June 6, 2012, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Ray Lewis!

    by Nice Marmot

    That's be scary!

  • June 6, 2012, 8:39 a.m. CST

    AWESOME!!!

    by ZOMBRE

    Black Panther is a really cool character. Take some time to get to know the character and you will see how many great stories and ideas lurk within T'challa's realm. I would love to see him fight Ultron even though I think an Antman movie is a terrible, terrible idea. I thought he looked stupid in that Avengers animated movie. I hope they don't go all Spiderman with the costume design. Oh wait, he needs a black crotch...

  • June 6, 2012, 8:50 a.m. CST

    The "jungle" comments about Africa

    by Hipshot

    Are pretty silly. Africa has the same variation of terrain you find anywhere else (not a lot of snow, however). The belief that it's "jungle" is pure Tarzan movies. Guys need to crack a non-fiction book now and then. Or visit. Beautiful continent, lovely people.

  • June 6, 2012, 8:56 a.m. CST

    @montycristo--Larnell Stovall?

    by kiaikick

    Sorry, but I'll disagree with you there. He's too old as well, and doesn't fit the parameters you described. HOWEVER, he would be perfect to choreograph the fight scenes in the film. My vote goes to Sebastian Foucan. If you guys don't know who he is, he was the parkour guy James Bond had to chase at that construction site near the beginning of Casino Royale. He also did a film called The Tournament with Ving Rhames. He's young, I think, and has the perfect physicality to play T-Challa. He's already a parkour practictioner, perfect for the moves the Panther should be able to pull off without a lot of special effects.

  • June 6, 2012, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Just notions. Just thoughts

    by UltraTron

  • June 6, 2012, 9:03 a.m. CST

    It's hard to not see the cracks in this saga

    by UltraTron

  • June 6, 2012, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Could I go on and on? Yeah. I could for daaaaaays.

    by UltraTron

  • June 6, 2012, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Black Panther is a great idea… With a couple exceptions

    by brechtsky

    ... In my opinion the native scientists being more advanced than outsiders makes no sense, and would come off as unrealistic… But I love the character, love the story, would look forward to it far more than ant man, even if directed by Wright.... Although, I am desperate for Ultron, so antman needs to happen more than the black panther does....

  • June 6, 2012, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Will Black Panther marry Halle Berry?

    by Jaster Mareel

    I've always thought this could be a really cool movie, and completely different than every other superhero. Just the rich, lush environment combined with cool technology, T'Challa defending his Kingdom from the influence of outsiders, eventually realizing that's impossible, etc. Every other superhero film we've seen is about American superheroes fighting bad guys in cities. This would be a really nice change of pace and expand on what the idea of a hero is.

  • June 6, 2012, 9:45 a.m. CST

    @ohgawduhhh

    by spike0037

    @ohgawduhhh Dame your right Aldis Hodge would be great. He has the youth, he can pull off the accent but on the other hand Michael K. Williams would be great as well. So I would take either.

  • June 6, 2012, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Unfortunately this has just been debunked:

    by Jaster Mareel

    http://www.superherohype.com/news/articles/170951-is-black-panther-the-next-solo-marvel-movie

  • June 6, 2012, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Enough with the racism!

    by beatitudesputnik

    Black Panther would not do badly because he's a black superhero. Black Panther would do badly because he's a shitty 2 dimensional character who has had like 3 interesting stories in the fucking history of ever. I am now going to list the black marvel characters that should have a movie before Black Panther. Monica Rambeau, Misty Knight and Luke Cage. Yes, it is a short list. Why? Because there are very very very very few black superheroes at Marvel. And no it's not because of racism. It's because melanin reflects gamma rays. You fools!

  • June 6, 2012, 10:12 a.m. CST

    NEILL BLOMKAMP

    by christonomist

    African culture + sci-fi/action = District 9. NEILL BLOMKAMP.

  • June 6, 2012, 10:20 a.m. CST

    BLACK PANTHER is in Ms. Marvel's Dirty Pipeline

    by SergeantStedenko

  • June 6, 2012, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Anthony Mackie....

    by jellypop

  • I've been dreaming of a Black Panther movie for years! And now is the perfect time. Who wouldn't be amped to see The Avengers 2 with The Black Panther & Vision now in the mix.

  • June 6, 2012, 10:48 a.m. CST

    I'm down with Michael Jai White or Chiwetel Ejiofor!

    by Wcwlkr

    If I was forced to choose gun to my head it'd have to be Michael Jai White, that dude is a BEAST! He's a solid actor as well, yes Ejiofor has the edge on him acting wise. But Jai White is a freaking BEAST, check out Blood & Bone or Undisputed 2. Love this guy.

  • Please prove me wrong Hollywood. You can have pure Gold on your hands here. Don't go cheap let's get the sweeping epic that The Panther deserves. Everyone likes to compare Daredevil or Moon Knight to Batman. But we all know it's The Black Panther that can stand with that character. HE'S A KING! With the wealth and resources to have tech to rival Iron Man, and fighting prowess on par with Captain America! Give us the Black Panther

  • I'd rather see Black Panther, Luke Cage, Ms Marvel and even Speedball before those two turds. I don't want magic introduced into the Marvel Universe of films. And wife beater Hank Pym doesn't deserve a movie. I go to see Superhero films to have fun, not see some guy slapping his wife around and swigging vodka. I think Marvel has it's tent pole movies (Cap, Thor, Iron Man, Avengers). Best to introduce these B-list characters in Cap 2, Iron 3 and Avengers 2. You people must have forgotten floaters like Daredevil, Electra, Punisher(s) and Ghost Rider.

  • June 6, 2012, 11:44 a.m. CST

    cletus van damme, I see what you're getting at....

    by Nice Marmot

    but technically, he'd only sit and watch as part of his entourage did the stabbing. Go Browns!!!

  • June 6, 2012, 11:51 a.m. CST

    I'm a skinny white kid from the suburbs...

    by Tom Fremgen

    and I f'n care! I so want to see a kick @$$ Black Panther movie! Bring it on Marvel, bring it on!!! Though maybe leave Klaw at home, never really liked that freak.

  • June 6, 2012, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Michael Jai White is my favorite when it comes to kicking ass

    by professor murder

    But I think he's too old to play the Panther. With how he's showing up in many roles lately, I wouldn't be surprised to see them put Anthony Mackie in the weight room and then sign him into the role. Which I wouldn't mind at all. Panther and Strange (Billy Campbell) are the next Avengers I want to see introduced into the film universe. NOT Antman or Wasp.

  • June 6, 2012, 11:54 a.m. CST

    wcwlkr

    by professor murder

    Yes, he kicked so much ass in Blood & Bone. That was some great fighting action. He's so quick for his size. Blood & Bone is on Netflix streaming so nobody out there has an excuse to not see it, ha!

  • June 6, 2012, 12:38 p.m. CST

    kiaikick

    by Monty Cristo

    I meant only for choreographer, not T'Challa.

  • June 6, 2012, 12:41 p.m. CST

    quicksilver80

    by Monty Cristo

    I doubt there's another Moises Chiullan out there who did Marketing consulting for Avenger Controller. :)

  • June 6, 2012, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Wipers!!!

    by Rob Taylor

    I can see it now... T'Chaka is played by Randy Watson, who sends T'Challa on a mission to sell Vibranium so he can buy more Soul Glo. No.. seriously, this one needs to be left, there isn't enough there for a whole movie unless they are going to use a shitload of flashback, which doesn't really fit into the Universe well. Leave him as a cameo on the vid screen in Iron Man 3 for now. Focus on Iron Fist/Luke Cage and Namor. Far more interesting characters.

  • June 6, 2012, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Not Idris ELba But Taye Diggs

    by rakesh patel

    Idris won't have time, he'll have won the best actor Oscar for the mandela bio. Diggs is the man for the job.

  • June 6, 2012, 1:43 p.m. CST

    And if you think diggs is too old

    by rakesh patel

    remember son, black don't crack.

  • June 6, 2012, 2:20 p.m. CST

    mr x

    by professor murder

    Idris Elba is in Thor, and Thor 2, so this wouldn't make sense. That would be like the Fantastic Four showing up in the Avengers 2 and having Chris Evans playing Torch and Cap. Since Thor will continue to be a part of this Marvel filmworld, it wouldn't work. Fantastic Four is done. Those stories will not continue. That's why Chris was OK to play someone else in the Marvel world.

  • June 6, 2012, 2:33 p.m. CST

    to the jackasses saying "don't care"

    by tHeGRinGoGenTiLE

    You're probably just nice and secure with your bevy of white superheroes running the show since the 60's while minorities have to sit back and accept thrown bones like turning nick fury black. Deal with it - there's more to this life than you and your bullshit superiority complexes.

  • June 6, 2012, 2:34 p.m. CST

    White flight my ass.

    by DoctorWho?

    Funny how those of you who see EVERYTHING through a race prism are so hung up on color. Here's a shocker... most of of us just don't give a fuck. <p> You think when a black character comes on screen we lean over to our wife and whisper incredulously "Look, honey....HE'S BLACK!" <p> What planet are you living on?

  • June 6, 2012, 2:40 p.m. CST

    This movie is called The Black Panther.

    by professor murder

    NOT The Black Panthers. What's with this race talk?

  • ...is the absolute peak ignorance. Values and character don't matter to you. Only skin color, nationality and/or political affiliation. Fuck you.<p> State your names so we may a pummel you endlessly in this and other TB's for eternity.

  • June 6, 2012, 2:41 p.m. CST

    @professor murder right on about Ant Man & Wasp

    by Wcwlkr

    I could care less give me Panther & Strange anyday over those two. But I think if RDJ who's about to cross into 50s can play Iron Man, Jai White can play T'challa. I mean I get it, he may be a bit long in the tooth but I think it would still work. I could deal with Mackie, but I'd prefer Ejiofor if not White. Check out Red Belt.

  • June 6, 2012, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Why not throw Todd Bridges or Malcom Jamal-Warner a bone

    by SergeantStedenko

    instead of the inevitable casting of Will Smith as King T'Chaka and Jaden Smith as T'Challa setting up a franchise dynasty for the Smiths.

  • imo

  • June 6, 2012, 2:59 p.m. CST

    I'd actually give Black Panther to the Hughes bros

    by SergeantStedenko

    They've proved they can do this kind of genre/action stuff with The Book of Eli.

  • ...I repeat, with clarification, stand alone "old" Storm movie featuring Angela Basset in the lead with Ejiofor as Black Panther! I could die happily afterwards.

  • June 6, 2012, 3:12 p.m. CST

    @Sergeantstedenko, I second the Hughes Brothers...

    by ThulsaBoom

    ...since they'd never have the balls to get Spike Lee.

  • June 6, 2012, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Laz Alonso would be great in the role

    by NoHubris

    He played Tsu'tey in AVATAR.

  • June 6, 2012, 3:23 p.m. CST

    orionas

    by SergeantStedenko

    Once you go mutant, you never go back.

  • June 6, 2012, 3:48 p.m. CST

    jaden smiff as black panfer!!

    by vulturess

    willow smiff as storm!

  • June 6, 2012, 4:57 p.m. CST

    @ultratron

    by MrLongbaugh

    Keep on believing that. Stay in your own little delusional world.

  • June 6, 2012, 5:46 p.m. CST

    RACE SOLUTION: CAST ANGSTY SELF-HATING WHITE GUY WHO IDENTIFIES WITH BLACK PEOPLE

    by big_dicks_cum_from_small_beginnings

  • June 6, 2012, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Will Timothy Leary make a cameo while he is hiding out

    by gotilk

    from the government after his prison break? Oh wait, different Black Panther thing.

  • June 6, 2012, 5:54 p.m. CST

    In all seriousness.

    by gotilk

    This will do VERY well if it's a great movie. I'm interested in seeing this made almost as much as I want to see Guardians of The Galaxy get made.

  • June 6, 2012, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Black Panther and Other Marvel Characters

    by Barron34

    I think the character is strong enough for a stand-alone. For God's sake, they made several profitable Blade movies, and that character is barely third-tier, if that, in the Marvel Universe. Black Panther is a strong character with a good background/origin story. Someone mentioned Dwayne Johnson for casting. What? I know the guy has African blood, but he is mixed race and does not look African in the least. Johnson could play Black Adam in a DC SHAZAM! flick, but is laughable as Black Panther. Idris Elba, the guy from Serenity, etc, there are many actors to choose from. As far as making money, I think all Marvel has to do is throw in some cameos from established Marvel film characters to let the General Audience know that they are dealing with another Marvel film. Fans will go see a Black Panther film, General Audeinces will check it out when they see a Nick Fury/SHIELD or Tony Stark/Iron Man cameo. Also, I see no problem with a reasonably budgeted Ant-Man film. It could be used to establish Hank Pym as SHIELD's in-house tech-genius, designer of the Heli-carrier, and pro-logue to both Ultron and The Vision. I would like to see Ms. Marvel in the mix somewhere, just because I think it would be cool to see Charlize Theron as an ass-kicking superhero. Maybe Nathan Fillion as Simon Williams/Wonder Man? Also, I think a Heroes for Hire/Luke Cage and Iron Fist movie could work at a modest budget. Maybe a cameo with Captain America and the Falcon, fighting street-crime in Manhattan? Cap is a first-tier Avenger, but in his own comic he is often fighting street-crime, when not battling cosmic enemies and secret super-nazi threats to America.

  • in the new animated Avengers. I think it was episode 11 or 12. I still have not caught up with it completely, but I've been enjoying it. The Skrulls plot was a bit thin for my liking, and really didn't live up to the kind of story/action I was expecting. But what can you really expect from what is essentially aimed at kids.... but not in the most respectful way. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying the show is bad, or is completely disrespectful of kids, I just think that many of these shows aim a little TOO low and underestimate what kids can comprehend. MANY shows do it a LOT worse than Avengers (Earth's Mightiest Heroes? is that the subtitle?). And it's actually a really good animated show. To get an idea of what I consider a great animated show aimed somewhat at a family audience... I would name the Batman series voiced by Conroy and Batman Beyond to be 2 of my all-time favorites, at least in the superhero genre. But the newer Marvel stuff is really promising. But back on topic. I think that in spite of Black Panther maybe looking a little too much like Batman from certain angles, he's a compelling character with a great back story. I'd love to see them actually tackle the Black Panther vs The Klan unfinished arc. That would be a great story AND even slightly controversial. Or maybe as a nod to the comics they could start the movie with the end of that story arc... moving on after he finishes off the KKK. I wonder how Aaron Mcgruder would feel about scripting it?? He could bring some serious humor to the film (but not so much the character, who should remain as serious-minded as he was in the comics), in a non-cringe-worthy way. I don't care that I disagree with him politically from time to time, the fact remains he's one of the most talented writers out there. And I would love to see him get a chance at this character. And no matter what anyone says, I think he NAILED the Red Tails screenplay. The tone was perfect in the way it conveyed a comics-like tone to the serious story, making it feel a little like the old time serials as well. The dialogue was crisp, accessible in a modern way without betraying the language of the time period, overall a really fun script. Even so, his screenwriting talents should not be judged solely by that one screenplay. You have to look at his TV and comic strip work too. And that stuff is just hilarious satire, pure comedy and social commentary at its finest. I NEED to see Panther take the *herb* that connects him to the Panther god. I'd love for them to portray it almost like an Ayahuasca experience. (essentially DMT with some other active compounds) I mean... come on!! How cool could this movie be? Might even end up being one of the best comic movies of all time if they really make it for adults..... with a few limits. And I agree.... with some people here... on a certain level... that *darker* does not always equal better. But in this case, a nice, adult, dark ( but with some humor ) Black Panther film could be AMAZE(balls). We all know how seriously *bowels of hell* parts of Africa have been for a long time now, and with the media paying more attention than they have before (from time to time), we all know now of the horrors that happen over there. To have a hero that not only fits in with the larger Avengers superhero saga, but also fights the horrors of tribal, religious hate wars, with some self-identified Christian churches burning children as witches in some places.. you have the makings of a serious dramatic movie with traditional superhero heroics in there as well. I wouldn't want to see the whole film set in Africa. I'd want to see him connect to America for a good chunk of the story, eventually connecting with the Avengers. I've said too much.... time for someone else to give their opinion. What do you guys think? Do I have too much faith in this project? Or do you think they could pull off a great film?

  • June 6, 2012, 10:30 p.m. CST

    How the fuck

    by Cameron

    do I live in a universe where people can support a thor movie and shit on the idea of a black panther movie?

  • June 7, 2012, 1:05 a.m. CST

    camyo

    by gotilk

    I know, right?

  • June 7, 2012, 2:57 a.m. CST

    Dropped off the front page too fast...

    by gotilk

    RACIST!! lol I am kidding.

  • June 7, 2012, 3:07 a.m. CST

    only one choice for this

    by drave117

    Aldis Hodge! He's got the fierce eyes, he's got the body, he can do the accent, and he's already listed it as one of his dream roles! Make it happen, Hollywood!

  • June 7, 2012, 6:49 a.m. CST

    orionas - regarding District 9

    by beatitudesputnik

    Seriously, how ignorant do you have to be to be this mad and not then use that anger as a spur to actually find out what the fucking movie is about. But no, go ahead and keep saying how racist it is, because that doesn't at all make you look like a fucking idiot.