Things that make you go hmm... our friends at Latino Review are reporting that Marvel Studios is finally prepping a Black Panther movie.
As you all know, we've all been hoping for Marvel to create a new film franchise around a black superhero, with Luke Cage and Black Panther being the 2 whose names seem to come up often.
As I said before, I'm not holding my breath on this; we talked about the possibility of Marvel introducing either Luke Cage or Black Panther in the sequel to The Avengers, which is now definitely a go; but those chances are likely slim to none.
Maybe that's all about to change... maybe Marvel has indeed been listening to all your cries of injustice... maybe... :)
I should note that I actually recieved an email from an actor's rep a few days ago, telling me that his client was going to star as the villain in a Black Panther movie, although I can't reveal who that actor is, nor the villain referenced. Sorry. If all this turns out to be true, then I will... until then, here's Latino Review's exclusive write-up on the news, courtesy of El Mayimbe:
Anyway, there has been much speculation as to the upcoming two Marvel films which have yet to be announced. It’s painfully obvious one of them is going to be the sequel to the Avengers. But what about the other one? Without further adieu, let’s get right to it… Hell yes folks… THE BLACK PANTHER is going to headline his own film! How do I know? Let’s say I got it from FOUR different trusted sources. Marvel is going BIG TIME after the urban film audience and I applaud them for that. Last year, it was reported that Marvel hired Mark Bailey to pen the script and I hear the script is fantastic. The clues were always there. They showed Wakanda on the map in Iron Man 2 and Captain America’s shield is made from Vibranium which also hails from Wakanda.
So there ya have it; it's been a loooong time coming, if this actually happens. T’challa might be coming to a big screen near you.
The next obvious question is, who should play him?