Marvel Studios already have a 100% record when it comes to critically praised, successful films. So just what is there for the House of Ideas to aim for? By the looks of things, the studio is now competing with their own releases as they look to assemble the greatest superhero film cast ever.
Marvel.com announced that The People v. OJ Simpson star Sterling K. Brown has been added to the cast of Black Panther. The film is gearing up for production, and it looks to have Marvel’s strongest acting line-up yet. Doctor Strange set the bar high in 2016, and Thor: Ragnarok has followed suit. On top of that, Marvel have added Michael Keaton and Kurt Russell to their universe for other 2017 releases.
However, adding an Emmy Award winning actor in a supporting role shows how strong Black Panther’s cast is. Their site claimed he was playing a character called N’Jobu, a figure from T’Challa’s past. This is either a newly created character, or a codename to hide who he’s really playing.
Details are thin on the ground about his role, but it’s an impressive addition nevertheless. Ryan Coogler now has an impressive cast ahead of his first big budget film. Marvel’s first release of 2018 stars Chadwick Boseman in the title role alongside Michael B. Jordan, Forest Whitaker and Lupita Nyong’o. They’re joined Angela Bassett, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, and Florence Kasumba.
We’re hoping none of those talented stars are wasted, as Forest Whitaker was in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. With Coogler directing, that shouldn’t be a worry. After his work on Creed and Fruitvale Station, he’s arguably the most talented director that Marvel have hired so far.
Black Panther is scheduled for release on February 16, 2018. Coogler is expected to start shooting this month. That means we should know a lot more about the film soon enough, along with a trailer later on this year.