Thursday, June 07, 2012

A Black Panther Movie in 2014?

A lot of movie and comic book news sites are speculating heavily that one of the next Marvel Studios films may star the Black Panther. Latino Review claims to have it from four different sources that Marvel is going for a Black Panther movie in 2014. Mark Bailey was hired last year to write a screenplay, and we know that Marvel has two secret projects going that fit into the Avengers series, so this could easily be one of them. Latino Review even points out that a shot in Iron Man 2 showed Wakanda on the map.

If it's true, this is a fantastic idea. Black Panther is a character never attempted on screen before, and with the way Marvel Studios has been approaching these movies in a modular fashion, there's every reason to expect that they can make a fun standalone movie as well as something that fits in to Avengers continuity (your in being, of course, that vibranium--the substance Captain America's shield is made from--is mined in Wakanda).

Everyone's got their dream casting up already, too, I see. Djimon Hounsou's name is going around a lot, which is a great idea, but I think I'm firmly in the Idris Elba camp.

I really hope this happens. It would be great if Marvel were putting this together and Edgar Wright's Ant-Man movie as their two secret projects, just because I'd love to see Black Panther and Ant-Man (and the Wasp) involved in the second Avengers movie. This is the golden age of superhero movies, and I don't want it to end, man.

And if this is happening, it would certainly offset this week's announcement that Captain America 2 will be made by the guys who made, um, You, Me and Dupree. Why couldn't we have Joe Johnston back again?


Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness said...

Have you seen the recent 6 part Black Pather cartoon? I thought that was a great series with a fantastic, smart portrayal of Tchalla who was king for a reason. Bring in some Claw and the White Gorilla and boom - a classic. I love your casting idea to. Idris Elba even has an older brother actor who can play the Black Pather's father.

SamuraiFrog said...

Wait, Black Panther cartoon? Tell me about this.

Matt said...

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje was rumoured for a while to be in contention for the role, but I think he's also the one who started that rumour.