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Black Panther Rumors: Will He Make An Appearance In 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Played By Chadwick Boseman?

by Tambay A. Obenson
April 16, 2014 11:13 AM
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As the Marvel universe continues to come together, unfolding on both the big and small screens - movies and television shows that are all connected, just like in the comics, demonstrating a shared universe - news abound on what, so far, unexplored characters might be appearing in upcoming movies and TV shows, whether as cameos, part of ensembles, or in their own individual projects.

Black Panther is certainly one of those superheroes whose name has been on the lips of fans, when discussions about what characters Marvel should give life to next, are had.

Of course, it was just a few months ago when Disney (Marvel's parent) announced a deal with Netflix that will bring some of these seemingly *forgotten* characters to the screen, as TV series, available exclusively on the SVOD platform. And one of the characters that will be starring in his own series will be Black Panther. That's already been announced and confirmed.

A year ago, it was rumored that Chadwick Boseman was Marvel's top choice to play the character, something I wasn't surprised by, assuming it's true. It's a no-brainer actually, for what should be obvious reasons; Number 1 being that, at the time, he was the star of a sports biopic that was in theaters, and doing surprisingly well at the box office, given the category it falls under. And since in Hollywood casting decisions, the *who's hot right now* factor is a significant one, who else, at the time of that rumor, would really have been at the top of Marvel's list for that part?

Oh, and he also happens to be an Actor, which I'm thankful for. They could've always gone with an entertainer first, and an actor second.

Marvel has certainly helped fuel some of the rumors, dropping "Easter eggs" in existing movies and TV series, hinting at the potential for not only an eventual appearance by Black Panther in one of its upcoming projects, but other Marvel characters as well, as the studio continues to expand its comic book universe on the screen. For example, at the end of Iron Man 2, in addition to Tony Stark watching video of the Hulk’s college attack in The Incredible Hulk, there just happens to be a map of the world, on the wall behind him, on which certain areas are circled - one of them being within the African continent, suggesting Black Panther's fictional African nation, Wakanda, where he is king. 

Today, the rumor is that Black Panther (played by Chadwick Boseman) will make an appearance in the next Avengers movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron - the sequel that was announced in May 2012, after the successful release of The Avengers, which Joss Whedon, the director of the first film, is also directing, and which is scheduled for release on May 1, 2015.

I'm no comic book geek, and much of this is still relatively foreign to me, so I'll leave the explanation on the above rumor to our friends at Nerd Reactor to break down for you:

Keep in mind that right now this is all speculation, hearsay and a lot of connecting the dots, but so far all signs are pointing to an appearance — at the very least — of the royal nation of Wakanda in Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. Badass Digest’s Devin Faraci seems to have some insight regarding the appearance of Wakanda in Age of Ultron: "What if I told you that Age of Ultron invokes Wakanda as Ultron gets his comic book famous vibranium shell?" Ultron’s outer shell typically built with adamantium, but with that alloy on lockdown over at Fox, the next best option is to use vibranium. You can clearly see how powerful vibranium is in the MCU; so creating Ultron out of vibranium only makes sense. However, as Howard Stark put it in The First Avenger, Cap’s shield is “all we got” when it comes to vibranium. So where does Ultron get vibranium from? Right at the source within Wakanda. Remember, you can’t have a robot go against Earth’s mightiest heroes unless you have a metallic body strong enough to withstand all that firepower. As to the appearance of its ruler Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman might be the one who dons the Panther suit. Last year, we reported that Chadwick Boseman was on Marvel’s shortlist for the sought after role. A few days ago, Boseman was asked outright about the rumor between himself and Black Panther. Take a look below for his response. 

The video of the interview is courtesy of BlackTree TV. The question about Black Panther comes in around the 3:33 mark. Watch Boseman's coy response, which maybe says more than he realizes. He certainly didn't deny it; and then continue reading below:

As I've said previously, when it comes to casting the part, what I do know is that I'd prefer that the studio went with an Actor (the capital "A" is intentional), to give credibility to the project. They should take it very seriously, just as the WB did with the Christopher Nolan era of Batman movies. So please no repeat of Steel... PLEASE!

And while I'd prefer an *unknown*, Boseman certainly is an Actor I wouldn't reject for the role. He's an Actor, and, he has athletic ability, and with some training, could certainly be whipped into proper physical shape for the part. His casting would also give the movie the right kind of credibility.

But it looks like he just might be the man on Marvel's mind for the job. Time will tell.

As for whether Black Panther will show up in Avengers: Age of Ultron, it wouldn't be a surprise, given what I said above about Marvel expanding its connected comic book universe on screen, while hinting at the appearances of various, thus far, unexplored characters, in upcoming projects. So that just may be as done a deal as any, whether it's in Age of Ultron, or in some other Marvel project. It would make sense, ahead of the Black Panther series debut on Netflix in a year or 2. They introduce him on the big screen, in a tent-pole franchise movie, seen by many millions, and then watch that audience spillover to the TV series soon afterward.

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  • sir shegz | April 20, 2014 6:36 AMReply

    the black panther is an african in the comics not american but an american ll be used and they ll use a silly condescending accent, even though their r popular african actors in mainstream uk/us movie
    i never really liked the black panther anyways, wakanda an advance africa country without skyscrapers, live in huts and all dress like masais who live in the village

  • Fred | April 17, 2014 5:34 AMReply

    Your only wrong about one thing, Black Panther is not involved in that Netflix deal. the deal involves Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Jessica Drew, Daredevil and the Punisher who make up the group the Defenders when they get together. Each will be featured in 13-episode series along with a 13-episode series for Defenders as well. Black Panther was never a part of this deal, he was always being saved for the big screen.

  • Charlie | April 16, 2014 3:51 PMReply

    I'm confused. I thought JB said, "Say it loud--'I'm black and I'm proud,'" not "Say it loud--'I'm a Black Panther".

  • Roberto | April 16, 2014 1:36 PMReply

    Actually Tambay, I think you're mistaken a Black Panther tv show wasn't part of the Netflix deal. It was Luke Cage, daredevil, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, and The Defenders. But I 'd love to see him in Avengers.

  • Fred | April 17, 2014 5:36 AM

    You beat me to the punch, I was just explaining that Black Panther was never involved in the Netflix TV deal.

  • Josh | April 16, 2014 1:23 PMReply

    Because of the "avengers" bump it makes sense to introduce him the widest possible audience in age of Ultron then put him in a solo movie. Shows Marvel is probably a little worried about how the anti-colonial hero will play in European markets, so drop him on everybody in a movie they can't avoid. Ultron more than likley will be made out of vibranium so at the very least the movie has to reference Wakanda. The Black Panther solo film can flash back to his origin story. I can see Cap being sent there as an emmissary and have them get into that fight that is often referenced in the comics.

  • Boykin | April 16, 2014 1:27 PM

    that fight would be gangbusters.

  • thisfool | April 16, 2014 1:09 PMReply

    UK or US African? How much sense did that make? How can you be an American and a African? If you are born in America you are American. Idiot.

  • Darkan | April 16, 2014 3:24 PM

    Good for you to be brave to point that THISFOOL. We shouldn't buy into the movement that's being forced on us to believe that "we are all the same". European blacks are marketed to be portrayed as better actors and their careers are built by the industry due to industry execs who are more comfortable with them. Most are thrown into films never fully proving themselves despite the fact that there are MANY well trained black Americans who are capable of relating and doing the job better. Training at the Royal Shakesphere Academy doesn't help you to play a thug or drug dealing crime boss, or a period piece biography of a black American on film but Hollywood and television for whatever reason loves to "gift" European blacks with the job. I am a black American. I don't even use the term African American. Hell, most of the world wants to be like black Americans so why would I want to be anything else?!!!

  • Boykin | April 16, 2014 1:26 PM

    you're right, i'm an idiot. thanks for clearing that up for me, champ.

  • Boykin | April 16, 2014 12:18 PMReply

    i'm cheering for him. it might go to a UK African and not a US African, but that's semantics. an African (US or UK or whatever nationality) in a leading role on a major Marvel tentpole is good business for any African in the entertainment industry anywhere in the whorl.

  • Boomslang | April 16, 2014 4:49 PM

    Let The UK blacks eat a piece of hollywood chocolate cake. All sorts of black americans have played iconic African roles , nobody bats an eye lied .
    At the end of the day noir c'est noir period.

    My choice for this movie would be Chadwick , purely because he is a black that looks black and he is a great actor , he has a genuwine african aura . But I hope he can emulate an african accent or a British one . Black american actors are tone deaf,when it comes to accents. None of them can do a european accent or wrose any of the 100s of african accents. However Black europeans can emulate all sorts of accents and body languages .

    For all we know they'll probably cast Shemar Moore or Lenny Kravitz.

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