Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Might Be Marvel's Black Panther?
British actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, who is playing Heavy Duty in G.I. Joe and starred on "Lost" as Mr. Eko, might be the next actor in the running to play Marvel's Black Panther. MTV just spoke with Adewale on a red carpet in San Diego last night and he had this to say: "We're talking to Marvel about Black Panther… This is the first round, so hopefully they'll look at G.I. Joe and see the potential, but it's about time we have a black superhero." Adewale is the latest actor to be in the running for the superhero role after both Chiwetel Ejiofor and Djimon Hounsou previously. But will this version finally see the light of day?
Way, way back in February of 2007, Marvel's Kevin Feige said that "Captain America and Thor and Black Panther and The Avengers are all on our development slate right now." All of those projects actually exist and are coming soon - except Black Panther. But let's jump back to June, where Feige said they'd "be announcing another new movie for 2012 within the next few months." As far as I know, that announcement hasn't been made. Maybe they're waiting to see how well G.I. Joe does and see if Adewale is any good before moving forward with Black Panther. That could be what's going on here, but that's just pure speculation.
Black Panther is a superhero who first appeared in Marvel's "Fantastic Four" comics in 1966. He was the first prominent black superhero in comic history and the first to get his own comic book. The title of "Black Panther" is a rank of chieftain of the Wakandan Panther Clan. As chieftain, the Panther has superhumanly acute senses (especially eyesight, night vision, and sense of smell) and an increase in strength, speed, and stamina. I'd love to see a Black Panther movie and would've liked seeing any of the previously mentioned actors take on the role. We'll let you know how this develops. In the meantime - is he a good choice?