One of Marvel's key characters who continues to come up in conversations about future Marvel Studios projects is of course, Black Panther, the King of Wakanda known as T'Challa. Alongside Iron Fist, Black Panther is another Marvel license that has been in development hell for years, moving from studio to studio and having talent attached, but never going anywhere.
Another of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's incredible creations, Black Panther has served as a member of The Avengers and the Fantastic Four, representing the first black superhero in mainstream comics. As of today, he's one official step closer to getting his well-deserved big screen debut.
Heat Vision has the scoop that Marvel Studios has hired Mark Bailey to pen the script for Black Panther. Bailey may be an unknown to you, as his credits only include writing/story-editing positions on a few documentaries, but this indicates to me that he must have some great idea to offer the studio to have landed the writing gig and we at least know he can bring a realistic take on the character in his story.
It was only a matter time before Marvel began moving forward on Black Panther. Comic Book legend Stan Lee and Marvel Pres Kevin Feige have repeatedly stated that this was a character they wished (and planned) to pursue, alongside the likes of Iron Fist, Luke Cage and Dr. Strange. And now that Marvel is about to introduce Captain America and Thor to the world, it's that time to start moving forward on their second tier characters.
Black Panther is a character I'd love to see show up in an after-the-credits cameo in The Avengers and as a future member of the team. Should Marvel pursue some sort of Civil War-esque story in the future, T'Challa is an integral character in the dynamic between Iron Man and Captain America. More importantly, the character and his backstory, let alone the beautiful setting of the fictional African nation of Wakanda, allows Marvel to create a very unique and special superhero film.
Could previously rumored and interested Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje or Djimon Hounsou still be contenders for the title role? Who would you cast as T'Challa?
The Avengers is scheduled to debut May 4, 2012 and we'll let you know what comes next.