*UPDATE* As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, it has been confirmed that Boyega will NOT be appearing in Black Panther. Below is the initial speculation, which highlights the recent activity that started the rumour to begin with.

In more casting news this week, it looks as if Star Wars’ John Boyega might be joining Black Panther. Although this is just a rumour at this point, there seems to be quite of lot of evidence suggesting that talks have started.

As We Got This Covered reported, below are some details to consider.

  • Boyega has stated in the past of his love of the comic book series, and was first campaigning to play T’Challa before the role went to Chadwick Boseman.
  • Heroic Hollywood posted an article saying Boyega was meeting with director Ryan Coogler.
  • A Snapchat earlier this week from Boyega teased an important meeting.
  • Soon after the Snapchat post, Kevin Feige began following Boyega on Twitter.
  • Boyega and Coogler are friends and even attended The Force Awakens’ premiere together.

Does this mean he might be joining the MCU? Well, no. But, we have to agree that it certainly seems that conversations have already begun between the cast and crew, leading all the way to the Marvel Studios heads.

If this were the case, Boyega would be joining Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, and Lupita Nyong’o, in what Marvel is describing as a film where its cast will be ‘90% African or African-American’ to improve diversity.

The character of Black Panther first appeared in this year’s Captain America: Civil War and fans are eagerly anticipating the solo outing due in 2018. He remains an incredibly important character as he is part of Marvel’s dedication to promoting more superheroes from different races and countries of origin.

The slate for Marvel Studio is looking rather full until then. Below is the current schedule for Phase 3 – not counting Inhumans.

Doctor Strange – November 4 , 2016

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017

Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017

Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017

Black Panther – February 16, 2018

Avengers: Infinity War – Part One – May 4, 2018

Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018

Avengers: Infinity War – Part Two – May 3, 2019

Captain Marvel – March 18, 2019

Are you as excited as we are?


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