Rumor Patrol: Marvel Studios Looking To Cast ‘Black Panther’

Published 2 years ago by , Updated May 3rd, 2014 at 7:41 am,

Black Panther Marvel Studios Rumor Patrol: Marvel Studios Looking To Cast Black Panther

When Iron Man first struck gold at the box office five years ago, launching Marvel Studios into the Disney-owned juggernaut it is today, comic book creators, producers and Marvel executives were able to freely share their seemingly limitless desires to bring all sorts of characters from the Marvel library of thousands to the big screen.

In addition to the core characters featured in The Avengers, others including Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, and Black Panther were on their way to becoming a reality with screenplays in development. Some of those are officially part of Marvel Studios long-term plans, others, like Black Panther are seemingly not. But three weeks ago, actor Morris Chestnut let slip that he was reading up on Black Panther comics before erasing the remarks, and that might be because Marvel Studios is actively searching for an actor to play T’Challa in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Yes, Black Panther may actually be in the cards, finally. Latino-Review has the scoop that Chadwick Boseman, the star of current box office hit 42, is leading the Marvel’s shortlist of actors who could play Black Panther. Playing Jackie Robinson in 42 was Boseman’s breakout role after working a variety of TV gigs with many key guest appearances on series including Fringe, Justified and Castle.

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Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson in 42

Black Panther is an extremely important Marvel character and represents the first black superhero in comics. If Marvel is in fact looking to cast T’Challa, it’s great news for fans who after hearing time and time again that other obscure characters were getting an introduction on the big screen (Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy), heard of no movement on the Black Panther project outside of another script in the works two years ago.

Black Panther, a character with superhuman physical attributes and senses, already has his fingerprints all over the film franchise. Captain America’s iconic shield for instance, is made of a material called Vibranium which is only found in the fictional African nation of Wakanda, where Black Panther originates from and rules over as its King. The rare and valuable commodity came from a meteor that crashed in the land and to protect it and their society, the small but advanced nation is intentionally kept secret from the outside world. The Black Panther costume is also augmented with vibranium armor and claws.

Even the S.H.I.E.L.D. Quinjets that played a prominent role in The Avengers (and return in Captain America: The Winter Soldier) are designed and made by the Wakanda Design Group, also run by Black Panther. Whether or not the films connect those dots in the future is secondary to the fact that Black Panther may finally show up in Phase Two or, alongside Ant-Man and Doctor Strange who already have confirmed films for Phase Three.

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If Marvel is aiming to cast the character now, Black Panther may very well factor into Joss Whedon’s Phase Two within the next two years. Perhaps he joins the team or cameos in The Avengers 2 or earlier, in The Winter Soldier – which just began production two weeks ago. Joss Whedon was actively informing media during the Iron Man 3 world premiere last Wednesday there there’s a pair of new characters joining The Avengers 2 who he described as a “brother-sister act” and maybe he’s throwing everyone for a spin. Or maybe, there are even more characters we didn’t anticipate.

We wouldn’t be surprise to see Black Panther or Wakanda to show up in the flashback sequences of Captain America: The Winter Soldier since in the comics – despite being revised twice – Captain America met a leader of Wakanda and the encounter played a critical role in the acquisition of vibranium and the inspiration for Cap’s circular shield.

Who should play the older Black Panther known as T’Chaka and where will the T’Challa first be introduced? Let the speculation begin!


Iron Man 3 releases May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on November 6, 2015, and Doctor Strange sometime after that.

Let me know on Twitter @rob_keyes if you want a Black Panther film in Phase Three!

Source: Latino-Review

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  1. Been saying for years that he would be perfect for the role.

    • I’m with you I think Bozeman would own panther

  2. Djimon Hounsou!!!! Djimon Hounsou!!!

      • Terrible choice he is 50…. black panther is a prince of wakanda who becomes a king at a reletively young age.

        • Chadwick Boseman is 44.

          • No, he isn’t. Chadwick is 31.

            • No. He is 42.

              • He’s 31. Born in 1982. wikipedia.

              • ^^I get it. Polite applause.

    • He should play the father, T’Chaka. He is too old for T’Challa. But I would like them to find an actual African to play the role.

      • +1

    • oof. I love him as an actor, but it would be tough for a 50 year old to play someone who’s supposed to be 25-30..

  3. I’ll believe it when I see it.

      • Idris is already in Thor

        • Dangit, can’t believe I forgot that. Thanks JC

      • Obviously a talking racoon is more relatable to than a Wakandan character, because, you know, Wakanda doesn’t exist…

        • @Exodus: Actually, Africans do exist just not a country called ‘Wakanda’. Africans are still more relatable than talking raccoons.

  4. he would be a good choice.

  5. I would watch it. he was great in 42. maybe make Lawrence Fishburne as his father only to die so he can become the Black Panther like they showed in the Ultimate Avengers 2 movie

  6. Nate Parker as T’Challa, Denzel as T’Chaka, and the recently freed Wesley Snipes as Uncle T’Shan. If the Oldboy remake is as good as early reviews have said, Marvel Studios should offer the director’s chair to none other than Spike Lee. Get Josh Brolin or Daniel Craig to play Ulysses Klaw and get this damn thing done!

    • Oh please God no.

    • NO! Don’t let Spike Lee anywhere NEAR a Marvel movie.

      • Yes, let him near one so he can see what a good movie actually looks like while he watches it on the big screen with the rest of us.

  7. Chiwetel Ejiofor as T’Chaka. Done son. ::Drops mike and walks away::

    • Yes.

  8. It seems everyone was immediately speculating that the brother-sister team would be Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. When I brought up the fact that T’Chilla has a sister, and that the ties to the character had been easter egged in IM2 and Cap’n America, I was drowned out.

    Everyone wants to see other characters, specifically a very unrealistic X-Men crossover.

    Now this story resurfaces.
    I don’t know whether to be happy that I could be justified–
    or to bang my brain against the wall.

    • Cool story, bro.

      • Needs more dragons though.

    • Since when has Black Panthers sister ever been involved with the avengers

  9. I am excited for this. Marvel is bringing some more obscure characters. Hopefully Phase 2 is aiming in the right direction and Black Panther could really set it home.

    Plus it will be nice to diversify the cast ;)

    • First off Doctor Strange and Ant-Man are NOT AT ALL obscure characters. I don’t know why this was included in the article. They are far from obscure.
      But ANYWAY this is great news!!

      • really? ask a random kid on the street.

        • Talking about in comics bro, not street children.

  10. Long as it isn’t Jaime Fox.

    • don’t know of any actor with that name, sorry…

  11. I liked him in 42. I think he is perfect for a young T’Challa, as long as he can pull off a convincing african accent then please take my money lol. All we need is some good writers and most of all a damn good director. The Coen Brothers anyone?

  12. Awesome news, I’ve been wanting a black panther movie for some time now. I hope BP becomes part of the MCU at some point.

  13. I have been waiting and waiting for a friggin Black panther movie!!!! it is about time…Djimon is an awesome idea. What the heck took soooo long? seriously hawkeye and black widow over Black panther!!!!! whats wrong with this world? hahahahaha but i digress only to say that the quicksilver and scarlet witch rumors had better be just rumors……. Michael Jai White??????Anyone????????

  14. I think Michael Jai White would be a good fit for the role as well. With his martial arts skills and deep voice, plus he has the muscle to pull it off. He did an awesome job as Spawn.

    • I would say he’s a bit too big. I wouldn’t mind him for Luke Cage, though.

      • That’s the first time I’ve ever heard anyone refer to anything about the Spawn movie as “awesome.”

        • I think you missed the point. Michael Jai White did well as a Superhero. The movie may have sucked, but the casting wasn’t bad. Maybe a tighter script and it would have been “awesome”

    • Spawn was horrible, I’m sorry, believe me if anyone wanted it to be great it was me. Maybe this is that one thing I am a disappointed fanboy about like all these Bay loathing Transformers geeks. I hated the Spawn movie. It was aweful

      • I enjoyed Spawn. Wasn’t amazing by any means but it was decent enough. Just had a terrible script. Least it spawned that spin off animated series though. That kicked ass.

        Out of The Crow and Spawn, the latter is the one that desperately needs a movie reboot though. That’s if there’s a studio with the guts to actually make it.

      • Not disagreeing with you, just saying the casting wasn’t the issue. white actually did a good job with his version of the character, it was the story and pacing and direction etc. that sucked. be a bit more analytical with your analysis. this is a discussion forum, not a mindless oppinion forum.

  15. CHIWETEL EJIOFOR!!! Watch Redbelt; his jiu-jitsu skills are all you need to make you think he’s T’Challa. In Avengers 3, let Thanos kill some everyone but Hulk and Thor but introduce the West Coast Avengers.

  16. As I’ve said before… I think Morris was running for T’Chaka’s role when he made his teasing announcement. I’ll watch it no matter who they chose though haha

  17. I remember Black Panther was being mooted for one of the Marvel ‘One Shots’ that have been knocking around. I’m glad he’s getting his own film (at last).


    I think I’d still *really like it* if the one shots actually came before the film, as originally predicted. PIXAR style, y’know? Like a ten minute Hawkeye adventure before Iron Man 3 or something, y’know?


    • This should be interesting… Marvel is blowing up. In a good way.

  18. Black Panther will rock. Ready for it.

  19. “You wanna win LET BOOBIE SPIN!!” Lol Derek Luke anyone? He’s dark enough, not sure if he’s tall enough tho. I do like Boseman though too.

    • Luke was in Captain America.

  20. Peter Mensah. Born in Ghana and has the build. Maybe not the age for the younger Black Panther but for the elder Black Panther, he is a definite. The way played Doctorae on Spartacus with such refine and honor, he deserves an opportunity at this role.

  21. I’d be fine with Baseman as Black Panther. I liked him in 42. They should get Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland) to direct.

  22. I think most people would agree that djimon hounsou is a little bit too old to play T’Challa (even if he doesn’t look 50!). However, he would be perfect as T’Chaka, and thereby having a cameo in The Winter Soldier. If the rumours are true about Chadwick being cast as T’Challa, I for one don’t have a problem with that. I believe he would do a good job and i think it’s a good idea to go with less “marquee” names, as they have down in the past (RDJ aside). Maybe cast Iman as his mother.

    • Iman, back when she was younger, would have been the perfect Storm.

  23. And for those who don’t know. Black Panther pretty much designed and created the Quinjet.

    • And for those who go straight to the comments without reading the post, they mentioned that in the friggin’ article.

  24. Ah, another scoop from the ever reliable El Mayimbe.
    The way I see it, when you take a gun and shoot out the entire mag, you’re sure to hit something at some point, but 80% of the time, you’re literally just taking a shot in the dark – and that’s how I see Latino-Review’s scoops (regardless of their sources).

    Anywho, Aldis Hodge for Black Panther!

    • You know I’m with you.

      As long as they are YOUNG black actors who can manage a good African accent, I’m there.

      Everyone needs to PLEASE stop listing black actors who are now in their 40s-50s. He is supposed to be a YOUNG PRINCE, not an over the hill grizzled cat.

  25. I wouldn’t say Ant-Man (Giant Man, Goliath, whatever you want to call him), Doctor Strange, or Black Panther are obscure characters, unless you are referring to the mass movie-going audience, but then almost all of the heroes that don’t have a movie would be obscure. Ones like Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Guardians of the Galaxy are the more obscure properties to make a movie out of in my opinion.

    • Even Iron Man was obscure at some point.

  26. I’m Ethiopian-American (parents both born in the old country, I was raised in AustinTexas) and I REALLY wanted him to be played be an actual African actor, but DAMN if Boseman isn’t perfect casting for the part!! Chiwotell is Nigerian I believe, and I’d be happy with him playing the part as well. The guy from Tsotsi perhaps? He’s young, but I think his English maybe pretty crappy. Thandie Newton is half Kenyan, she’d be great as Tchala’s mother or sister as well.

    • What do YOU mean, “you people”?

      • What do YOU mean “you people”?

  27. sweeet