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!

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  1. Michael Fassbender.

    Before you say he’s white: Nick Fury & Elektro were white, so by the same token…

    He’s called BLACK Panther because of his suit.

    Game. Set. Match.

    • Im down with that

      • That’s some first-name baloney there.

    • He is Magneto for Fox, but if he were to come over to Marvel, I would love to see him as Ultron, Iron Fist, Daredevil (who Marvel now owns), or maybe even Scott Lang (Ant Man, Giant Man, Goliath, and I believe Yellow Jacket as well).

      Game. Set. Match.

      Avengers need more minorities in lead roles other then Fury.


      • I think Scott Lang was just Ant-Man, Hank Pym was Ant-Man, Giant Man, Goliath, and Yellow Jacket.

        • Even if Scott Lang was made to be Goliath, it would be times better then a white guy playing a black guy.

          (Besides if its ‘Tropic Thunder’, RDJ gets a pass).

    • What is it with fanboys and Michael Fassbender being the intrinsic go to guy for all casting decisions. That being said I’m going to assume you were being facetious when you suggested that Michael Fassbender depicts T’Challa a prominent black superhero in Marvel and an African ruler those facts alone stipulates that a person of African descent should play him. This is what makes the comparison of Nick Fury and Electro asinine, but agin I’m going to assume that this was all just for laughs, which it was.

      • Fassbender is a GREAT actor. Give it a rest. Fassbender for Iron Man even..

        Sorry Downey..

      • @Azrael

        Honestly, the only comic book role I ever saw Fassbender being a perfect fit for is The Riddler. Just imagine that smile underneath a green bowler hat and you’ll see what I mean.

        • @Dazz

          That’s casting I can rally behind. I could definitely see Fassbender as Riddler.

    • Black Panther is a blacn man from a black tribe in Africa so your theory of casting another race as him fails, try another thought.

      • the tribe is more like a country.

    • That’s right. I am white, and there is no reason why I could not play Black Panther. Yesterday everyone ripped on me for saying black parts should be played by black actors, and white parts should be played by white actors. The someone somewhere deleted my initial comments off the website. So there is no reason I cannot be Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Michael Jackson, Luke Cage, or Black Panther. Of course, I am just giving some of you alot of gar, but alot of you deserve it as well.
      I would be glad to see a Black Panther solo flick, or him team-up with Captain America.

    • horrible idea !

    • I actually like your idea except, Nick Fury is black in the ultimate comics but Heimdal was switched too and Electro was Sony not Marvel. Maybe they could make up for a white Black Panther with a black Ant-Man.

    • This is the stupidest idea ever, why would u have a white actor play one of the most important black characters in comic history! It’s stupid and you guys are just being controversial! I would be upset if they got a white actor. Super lame

    • Chiwetel Eijofor as T’Challa…there, Marvel Studios, I cast your role for you. Now where’s my check.

    • Backatcha, you’ve never read a Black Panther comic book have you?
      I also assume you know nothing about the character?

    • Michael Fassbender would have been a good fit – but he’s already Magneto. Even though they’re living in two separate universes – you shouldn’t mix & match actors to play different super-heroes. It was hard enough to watch Captain America without picturing the Capt yelling “FLAME ON” and flying off screen.

      I definitely agree though – Make Black Panther a white dude. You mentioned Nick Fury & Elektro – but let’s also not forget Perry WHITE in Man of Steel (played by Laurence Fishburne) and The King Pin in Daredevil (played by the late but great Michael Clarke Duncan)

    • And alas it begins.. Black/White/Black/White

      Can it be the year 2090 already? Maybe by then we’ll all stop caring.

    • And alas it begins.. Black/White/Black/White
      Can it be the year 2090 already? Maybe by then we’ll all stop caring.

    • Not being racist but pretty sure it would not go over very well to cast the first african american superhero as a white guy.

      Also, I’m pretty sure that the comic book writers/designers decided to adapt Fury’s character to look like samuel L Jackson before he got the role. I could be wrong but that’s what I heard.

    • WTF are you talking about? Was that your attempt humor? Try again… on second thought, don’t.

      • Did I smile ( :) )

    • Personally I dont care if we get a black superhero or not but if you really KNOW anything about comics you should know that Black Panther is a great part of the Marvel Universe!!

      MAYBE your just upset that Marvel can introduce little known characters (to you) but DC cannot even intro. their biggest heros like The Flash or Green Lantern without WRECKING THEM

      • Wait for Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant Man before, oh and Black Panther before bringing in Green Lantern and Flash in your trash talk.

  2. As a non comics person, he looks A LOT like Batman.

    Doesn’t Kofi tell the story about someone thinking The Dark Knight trailer was a Batman rip-off, not realising that it was a Batman movie? I’d hate to think what that guy (and many casual movie goers) think about the pic at the top of this article. Could be a tough job for Marvel selling this idea to the public…

    • Batman is a ripoff of Black Panther.

      • Uuummmm Batman has been around like 30 years longer than Black Panther.

        • Batman first appeared in detective comics #27 in 1939.

          • The point is it doesn’t matter which character existed first, it’s how the public reacts to seeing him on screen. It’s that Batman has had multiple TV series and multiple highly successful and popular movies, as recently as last year. Everyone knows who Batman is and what he looks like – he’s got black uniform and mask with pointing ears covered. Alternatively, I’m not sure I’d know anyone who’s heard of Black Panther…

      • How so genius? BATman… Black PANTHER… Not sure how you make that connection. Aside from one or two minor details in the silhouette, they’re very NOT alike.

  3. I have some serious doubts Marvel can pull of a secret super-advanced nation hidden in Africa. I can’t see it playing well on film but hopefully I’m wrong!

    • Well, they’re going for a talking raccoon so…

      • and they also have multiple aliens and even norse gods…

      • Yeah but Rocket Raccoon is a cosmic character from space which holds all sorts of crazy characters, worlds and dimensions. Wakanda is based completely on earth in a modern world so I’m not sure it’s as easy to explain as alien characters are.

        • Since it’s an advanced society, it can be hidden with stealth technology.

  4. The DC SLAPPYS ARE OUT IN FULL FORCE TONIGHT…. they think every Marvel character is a ripoff of DC!!

    I KNOW you DC peeps only have 1 movie coming out this decade but to bash on how successful Marvel has become is quite sad!! WE cannot help that the head dopes at DC cannot come up with a decent story to lunch anything but Batman and Superman, Some ppl would think those are the only characters DC has.

    • @ I am Iron Man. Hope you’re not talking about me, dude. As I said I’m “a non comics person”. I don’t care if it’s Marvel or DC, or if the studio is Warner Bros, Disney, Sony…whoever. Couldn’t give two f**ks. I’m a movie fan and I just want a good movie. And from my point of view Black Panther (particularly in that pic at the top) looks a lot like Batman. Not bashing, just an observation.

    • They just upset that dc doesn’t have characters that can translate from comic to screen! Marvel spanks Dc any day, been a marvel reader for almost 25 years

    • They’re no less valid than the Marvel retards who think Steel is a ripoff of Iron Man.



  6. Aldis Hodge!!

    • I like him, I think he could pull it off

  7. I am excited for this movie! I fully trust Marvel’s ability to cast the right actor for Black Panther, they have done an excellent job of casting in all of their movies thus far.

    • He’s the best actor for the part by far.

  8. Black Panther is a Batman rip-off? I don’t want to live on this planet anymore.

  9. I think that everyone is overlooking Michael Jai White he has all of the characteristics:

    6 ft
    Hyper comic book physique
    Commanding Voice
    already a very accomplished and trained martial artist.

    He never got a chance to highlight his skills in Spawn however as the Black Panther all of this would come in handy

    • Yeah, throw me into the Michael Jai White bandwagon. Last time we saw him in a comic book movie, he was on his knees while The Joker instructed kids to beat him to death with a broken pool cue.

      I think it’s about time his athleticism and fighting ability were known by the masses while he still has it. Otherwise, I can’t think of any other actor right now that could play BP.

      They could pull off the “secret African nation” thing though, easily. Most of the world only cares about Africa when Nelson Mandela is ill or money is being given to charities working on that continent. Not many know much else about Africa, for instance, nobody knew Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) existed until 2010 when Didier Drogba represented them in the World Cup. Most thought he was French.

    • Chiwetel Ejiofor is all of those things but 10 years younger and a better actor

  10. Djimon Hounsou for T’Challa’s father T’Chaka as the current Black Panther handing down the title to his son played by Aldis Hodge. I think that would be my ideal male leads for the movie.

  11. Chiwetel Ejiofor for Black Panther

  12. For anyone who saw Redbelt, knows Ejiofor is the obvious choice.

    • Anyone who saw Serenity also knows he’s perfect for the part. Perfect.

  13. We need to see Goliath in The Avengers ASAP! And Wasp, Quicksilver, and Scarlet Witch. I am hoping we are finally getting those last two, due to the famous “brother-sister” comment. They were in the Avengers and were actually more important than the later Vision and Black Panther to my way of thinking. let;’s do those 4 first, then talk more about BP and Vision for Avengers later. In the meantime, i would not be adverse to a BP solo flick or guest appearance in a Captain America flick for BP.
    We also have some villains we need to pump out. Against The Avengers, Kang, Ultron, Skrulls, Whirlwind, Diablo, and Mandarin, the REAL Mandarin, rings zapping away and all! Against Iron Man himself (uh, back to the REAL Mandarin comment), we also need to see Crimson Dynamo and Titanium Man waltz through. Thor needs to fight Enchantress as well.

  14. don’t know if anyone else suggested this or not, but my vote goes to kirk lazarus

    • KIRK???!!!

      Not that Kirk, Kahless. JEEZZZ!


  15. For t’chaka I’d say Djimon Hounsou or Mr. echo from Lost. I’d have loved Honsou for Panther but that’s a 10+ year deal probably. He’s already pretty up there, so he’d work as the father.

  16. I read somewhere that,in Ironman 2 Fury locates the superheros in world map before stark,there was a mark in Africa,later confirmed by marvel that it was indicating Black Panther.I am not sure,but I read that.

  17. This may be the worst choice ever but…if somehow we found out that Serge Ibaka could act, he could totally play BP…haha! But yeah Chadwick is an up and comer and I appreciated his performance in 42. There’s a famous fight between Cap and BP where cap infiltrates the wakanda research facility to get vibranium for shield and BP just annihilates him! Then they become buds and kick total ass.

  18. There’s a lot of talk from some people who don’t know Black Panther’s been around since ’66, who only know his black mask and pointy ears, who say “isn’t that just a knock off of Batman?” Lots of people who don’t know hes nothing like Batman. Then there’s lots of people defending T’Challa against those folks with various statements.

    Honestly the non-comics public is just going to have to figure it out, and Marvel’s just going to have to deal with and get around any confusion or “knock off” accusations that will come with this film starts getting made. They’ll figure it out. Marvel has a track record, people know their movies are cool.

  19. Any reason why my last comment is still awaiting moderation after 8 hours even though I didn’t and never use expletives in my comments? Any challenge, guys?

  20. I would love a Black Panther movie! Bring it on! I don’t actually know this actor, since I never anything he was in, but I trust Marvel’s casting choices. They’ve done a good job so far.

    But I would also love Chiwetel Ejiofor in the role or Aldis Hodge. I saw both of them act and they could pull off the role easily.

  21. I think BP will be Marvel’s next big break-out character, like when Iron Man 1 came out, he wasn’t a headliner… now he is. Mind… Robert Downey Junior was a big part of that success.

    As far as Panther being a “copy” of Batman, other than the similiar dark costume and both having wealth, there isn’t many similarities. Totally different background and fighting styles.

    Panther seems immortal to the wakandan people because the king dons the mantle of the panther and it appears that every king is the same panther spirit, kind of like the dread pirate roberts in The Princess Bride, he simply passes the title down and the name lives on.

    • Well said.

  22. I think it’s more the spirit of the black panther that gives him his abilities. He wears the costume to honor the spirit.

  23. I think it’s not only important he remains a character of color, I believe they should cast a truly African actor…Djimon Hounsou packs onabout 35 lbs of pure muscle…thats my pick




  26. Michael Jai White is perfect for this or Wesley Snipes

    • Personally not a fan of Wesley Snipes. Kudos for him for pulling off Blade, but I found that as time went on in his career, he was more and more about playing “cool Wesley Snipes” than he was about inhabiting any particular character. I could be wrong… but, my personal choice would not include Snipes.

      I have no opinion on Michael Jai White one way or the other.