News continues to pour in regarding Black Panther. Following reports of Lupita Nyong’o in talks for the female lead opposite Chadwick Boseman (King T’Challa/Black Panther), The Hollywood Reporter has announced Michael B. Jordan will reunite with director Ryan Coogler and join the film’s cast, too. So far no word on his role, but the general feeling is it’s likely a villain.
This will be Jordan’s third film with Coogler after Fruitvale Station and last year’s critically-acclaimed Creed. He is also jumping from one Marvel franchise to another after having played Johnny Storm/The Human Torch in the failed 20th Century Fox reboot Fantastic Four last year. Ironically, his predecessor in that role, Chris Evans, also jumped to Marvel Studios into his career-defining role as Captain America. Hopefully, Jordan will be met with the same success.
Black Panther will be the MCU’s 18th installment and part of its Phase 3 lineup. The titular Black Panther a.k.a. T’Challa was introduced in Captain America: Civil War first as prince of Wakanda until being forced to succeed his father, T’Chaka, to the throne following an explosion executed by Baron Zemo. The film will take us to the heart of the fictional African nation as T’Challa works to make peace with his recent elevation. We’re assuming it’s not going to be an easy transition. It’s also rumored there may be some sort of continuing plot regarding Bucky Barnes. Another confirmed cast member is Andy Serkis as the villainous Ulysses Klaue, last seen in Avengers: Age of Ultron. This time around he’ll likely have a prosthetic arm to replace the one Ultron severed, hence his bad guy name: Klaw.
Meanwhile you can see Black Panther being awesome in Captain America: Civil War, which is currently demolishing the competition in theaters.
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