"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.