Marvel’s Black Panther Movie Confirmed? [Updated]

Published 3 years ago by , Updated May 3rd, 2014 at 7:40 am,

Marvel Black Panther Movie Marvels Black Panther Movie Confirmed? [Updated]

[Update: There are conflicting reports as to the status of Black Panther.  Scroll down for details.]

Comic book movie rumors are coming hard and fast in the summer 2012 season, and all of them are exciting. There has already been much speculation about plot points of both Iron Man 3 and Thor 2 - what villains will be featured, how they will build towards Avengers 2, etc. – and now we have yet another Marvel movie rumor that is sure to titillate fans:

Word is, one of the yet-unannounced films that Marvel Studios has planned (likely for 2014) is the long-rumored Black Panther movie. Scroll down for details.

Our friends over at Latino Review are continuing to drop exclusives like they’re going out of style, and the latest comes from a handful of their “trusted sources” who all claim that Black Panther is on the way. Also rumored for a 2014 debut have been the long-in-development Ant-Man movie from Edgar Wright, and a Doctor Strange movie. Until we hear official confirmation from Marvel (say… around Comic-Con 2012?), any one of those films (or another unexpected pick) could be fair game for announcement.

For those who don’t know, Black Panther (the alter-ego of T’Challa, prince of the fictional African nation of Wakanda), is a superhero with enhanced strength and agility, who uses his intellect, mysticism, and a variety of technological weapons developed from his country’s primary resource – the metal alloy known as “vibranium” – to fight evil. Basically, he’s like an African version of Batman. The character debuted in 1966 as the first mainstream black superhero, and has been a member of The Avengers since 1968. Many Marvel movie fans have been campaigning for Black Panther to join the Marvel Movie Universe (MMU); we even had him as one of our top picks for characters we want to see in Avengers 2.

This rumor comes as little surprise: A Black Panther project is something that Marvel (and other studios) have been trying to get off the ground for many years. Wesley Snipes was once attached to a Black Panther film Columbia Pictures was developing in the ’90s; more recently, writer Mark Bailey was hired to pen a Black Panther screenplay for Marvel Studios, while  Marvel Animation launched a cartoon version of the character – though that came and went so fast, few people likely know it exists. (You can check out the first episode HERE). In the first season of The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes cartoon – which is a direct echo of the MMU – Black Panther was also a late addition to the team, so clearly, launching the character into the mainstream has been on Marvel’s agenda for some time.

UPDATE: Coming Soon states that their sources inside of Marvel Studios are denying this rumor. Then again, the studio always denies rumors. Marvel denied it when Latino Review revealed the Avengers Thanos news – and we all know how that turned out.

Captain AMerica Black Panther Marvels Black Panther Movie Confirmed? [Updated]

Black Panther vs. Captain America

Black Panther is a character that is beloved with good reason. Simply put: he’s pretty awesome (as African Batman would understandably be). The MMU could also stand to diversify a bit (as it stands, Black Widow is the Avengers entire diversity program, not counting Nick Fury), and the character has many ties to the established Avengers movie universe, as Wakanda gets a quick acknowledgment in Iron Man 2, and Captain America’s shield is constructed from Vibranium – which also happens to be an alien metal. See the picture coming together?

The only question left, is: Who could play the Black Panther at this point? (For the record, guys like Snipes, Djimon Hounsou, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje are too old, and Idris Elba is already part of the Thor franchise. So set your nominations accordingly.)

We’ll keep you updated as to whether or not anything truly pans out in regards to this Black Panther movie.

Source: Latino Review

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  1. There have been a lot of rumors floating around since the ‘Age Of Ultron’ trailer dropped that the character Andy Sirkis will be playing in the film is Ulysses Klaw, if that’s true we all know what that means about Black Panther.

  2. It’s been pretty much “rumored” that Serkis will be portraying him (Klaw),however it looks like the character won’t have the sonic powers that the supervillain has…Yet.

    So,does that mean that T’Chaka will be around as well???

    Capt’s shield is broken in the leaked preview,so it makes sense for a visit to Wakanda to happen as far as plotlines go.

  3. I can see either Shando or Boyega portraying the Panther……I couldn’t see Denzel playing T’Chaka at first,but I’ve slowly warmed to the concept since he’s subtly becoming an action hero for the last few years (Book of Eli/The Equalizer)

    I’m looking forward to see what develops down the road.

    • Boyega is definitely a good choice and marvel wouldn’t go wrong with signing him, I would put him just a notch below Chadwick Boseman and Chiwetel Ejiofor, I don’t think Shando has the acting chops or screen presence to pull off what the other 3 could on the big screen. I could see Denzel as T’Chaka because for one he’s a flat out great actor, two he has portrayed actors with African accents in films before. If he was chosen it’s not doubt Denzel would own the role of T’Chaka, I don’t ever worry about Denzel in a role, nobody should, he’s too great of an actor for that.

  4. I think michael jai white should play black panther

  5. Whoever Marvel chooses to play T’Challa it will be an actor with a screen presence, that I assure you. Even though the cats that some of you guys have mentioned are impressive physically and certainly have the skill set to pull off what’s needed to do the action sequences, I’m telling you it’s going to be an actor. I don’t know who they choose, but I do know it will be an actor who can hold his own on the big screen with the likes of RDJ, Sam L Jackson etc.

    • This is the news I wanted to hear and the signing I wanted to hear, Boseman is going to absolutely kill it in the role of T’Challa/Black Panther. Marvel found a REAL ACTOR for the role, not some martial artist haha.

  6. well i really hope they get Peter Mensah to play the father and im glad they didnt do like do putting green lantern all the way til 2020 and if they go with john steward..i would have love to see someone who already is gifted in martial arts play the role but some good choices were out there that wasnt in the arts..

  7. Article says Chiwetel Ejiofor is too old. He’s 37, the same age as Chadwick Boseman. Would love to see Chiwetel as the Black Panther… Tremendous Actor. I wasn’t impressed by Chadwick’s acting skills in 42. I have not seen Get On Up.

    Anyone who wonders about Ejiofor’s action abilities can check him out in Serenity. He was a force of nature as a combatant.

    • I was good with either Boseman or Ejiofor getting the role of T’Challa. Perhaps Ejiofor will another role in the film, I would be all for that.

      • Chiwetel Ejiofor could play the brother,he has had his share of playing the villain even though the brother wasnt a villain he had a bit of a bad side.i would have thought a role like this would be best suited for a person who has some skills in martial arts, so of course his training will be like captain america was. a man who can kick a little bit but doesnt have a lot of training…

        • Agreed with Chrisd! Mr. Ejifor could play the half-brother of T’challa who believes he should be the rightful heir to the throne. Kind of a Thor/Loki thing.

    • @TY I don’t see what the problem was with his acting in 42. Jackie Robinson was a quiet demeanor type person and he nailed that. In Get On Up he played JB is the absolute opposite of Jackie’s personality and he nailed that too. I really don’t get the criticism of his Jackie portrayal. Jackie was not as flamboyant as JB was and he played him accordingly. If you haven’t seen Get On Up then you really can’t judge him from just one performance (which I thought was good by the way) just sayin.

    • If I we’re a little kid I probably would only care about seeing Black Panther fight on the big screen, but I’m more into acting ability and on screen presence first. I don’t want T’Challa to come off as a joke on screen where he’s all muscles and no brains man. A lot of you guys forget that T’Challa is also a brilliant scientist and one of the 8 smartest people on the planet, he’s much more than just fighting and physicality. Jackie Robinson and James Brown we’re very physically demanding roles in their own right, so I think Boseman will pull the physicality aspects of the role off just fine and I think he will indeed get extensive martial arts training. I always want to see a good actor with an on screen presence first and foremost, if by any chance Marvel could get Denzel for the role of T’Chaka that would be gold. I would have suggested Djimon Honsou as well for T’Chaka, but seeing that he’s already played Korath in GOTG that probably kills his chances for the role.

        • @chrisd – How is Denzel for T’Chaka a joke bro, he’s one of the 5 greatest living actors IMO and commands the screen like very few actors do, obviously I hope you don’t dare doubt his credentials my man. And if you fear his ability to still be convincing with some physicality in the role have seen “The Equalizer”, he can pull it off convincingly. Denzel can also pull off a convincing African accent as he showed in his portrayal of Steve Biko in “Cry Freedom”. Remember a truly gifted and a great actor is always capable of getting lost in a role and pull it off convincingly, I never bet against that and you shouldn’t either. Now if Djimon Hounson(an excellent actor himself)was to land the role of T’Chaka I would love that, he would be my first choice because of his African roots, but if not him Denzel could handle the role trust me. I’m aware of Peter Mensah, I haven’t seen him in that many things though. We’ll see what happens, I’m assuming Marvel with make some good choices. Antoine Fuqua, John Singleton, Steve McQueen, Spike Lee and Reginald Hudlin are some of the directors who come to mind that I think would be good fits to direct a ‘Black Panther’ movie, there’s a few more directors that escapes my mind right now.

    • @Angelique – How have you been? I agree with you that Hounsou would be an excellent choice for T’Chaka, I just wonder if Marvel give him the role since they already used him to play Korath in GOTG. If Marvel does choose to go with Hounsou for the role I’m all good with it, I think he would be fantastic in the role.

  8. @vegabomber – Vega my man what’s good with you, sorry for the late response buddy. Well after years of me, you Angelique and other talking about this, when will it finally happen and who will play Black Panther, it’s finally started coming to light foreal haha. Me and you have been talking about Boseman for a while, we both realize the brother is a talented actor and commands the screen. It’s not many actors today I know that’s capable of portraying Jackie Robison in one movie and James Brown in another, I don’t think some of these people understand just how much range that takes. I was reading where @chrisd was saying Denzel in the role of T’Chaka would be a joke, but what he foolishly fails to see is Denzel’s great range and on screen presence, a truly gifted actor can always transform himself into a role where a less talented actor cannot. But if Djimon Honsou can land the role of T’Chaka that would be great, now I don’t know if Marvel will consider that since he played Korath in GOTG, but in time we’ll all see who Marvel signs for the rest of the cast. There are obviously some talented black actors/actresses out there that could make for a fine cast in this movie.

  9. Well hello everyone. It’s been quite some time since I’ve been on this board. Hope all is well. It is great to see that some familiar names are still on here spreading logic. And when I say logic, I really mean that. Vega, Super, Angel Wussup!

    It’s funny that some were still saying Michael Jai White. No offense to the brother at all, but as I’ve said in the past; Marvel/Disney would NEVER put a movie of this magnitude on the back of a B-List actor. All of their super-hero cinematic universe movies are huge. No more or less than Black Panther, but for this move to succeed, you need top talent. It doesn’t matter if the actors are African-American or Native African. It’s all about talent. That’s what these people are paid the big dollars for. To transform themselves…sometimes physically into something that they are not for the sake of art. Movie magic does the rest. There are so many talented actors of color that I can’t even begin to say who should play who and why. One thing I can say is that I am not with hiring dudes to play roles in big budget A-List stuffed movies who just happen to have a black belt in a martial art. It will NEVER EVER happen. Starring roles? Never. Supporting cast for fight scenes? Sure. That is what movie magic and choreography is for. Hollywood can transform anyone into an action star. Martial arts is the least of Disney’s concerns. Acting is what comes first and they would never ever put a big budget movie on the back someone who can’t act to save their lives. Not when this person has to stand next to Robert Downey, Anthony Mackie, Samuel Jackson, Chris Evans, Robert Tittleson, Michael Douglas…the list goes on.

    Marvel has picked most of their cast I am 100% certain so let’s just have confidence that there will be an amazing cast of extremely talented actors and for those roles of color, whether they’re African-American, Native African, Afro-Latino, Afro-British… I don’t think it matters.

    Chad has always been a top choice for me too though. I was going with Chad or a young unknown prodigy. The way DC went to that classically trained actor for Cyborg. I am shocked that Chad is already 38 and will be damn near 40 when the movie drops. I am surprised they are starting a franchise with a 40yr old actor, but the dude doesn’t look a day over 30 so I’m cool. I do get concerned with age a lot…only when age factors into particular characters and when they begin a franchise with an older actor who may only be able to play the role for 10 years as opposed to an actor who can bang out the role for 20yrs. Tony Starks being older makes sense. It fits his world and the status level that he is in. Black Panther? Umm… It’s debatable, but having an actor in his Mid-late 20s at least who can squeeze 15-20yrs out of the role would have just made more sense to me. Nothing major to cry over, but just thoughts.

    • @chrisd – Oh you didn’t offend me at all, you we’re just voicing your opinion like me. Because so many of us are passionate about Black Panther and the actors we would like to see in the film, it just shows how passionate we are about it and that’s a good thing, if we never commented about it that would mean we didn’t care about the movie. Boseman, Ejifor, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Boyega, Parker, Aldis Hodge and David Oyelowo we’re all names that crossed my mind over the years in terms of who could play T’Challa and I think they all could have brought some strong qualities to the role. I like MJW, but people asking for him or Shando we’re reaching IMO. I wasn’t saying I think Denzel would or should get the role, I just think in terms of performance, on screen presence and flat out acting he would get the job done, but so would Hounsou. Like Hounsou Snipes is a victim of age and time, if this we’re 15 years ago these two guys would be the top candidates for the role of T’Challa, however Snipes would be another strong candidate for the role of T’Chaka as far as I’m concerned. Also keep in mind just because cats like Ejiofor and Boyega didn’t land the role of T’Challa doesn’t mean they couldn’t land other roles in the film, it’s going to be a lot of great roles for actors and actresses in this film. This film could have an amazing cast when it’s all said and done. And perhaps Peter Mensah will land a role in this film as well. The range that Boseman has shown me in films like “42″ and “Get On Up” just leads me to believe that he’s the man for the job and will flourish in this role, and Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaw is another excellent signing IMO. Now Marvel just has to go from there, and I expect to see some serious names pop up for roles in the movie over the next few years. Since Black Panther will have a big role in ‘Civil War’, I expect some of the cast of the upcoming “Black Panther” movie to appear in that film as well.

    • They’ve already cast Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther.