Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Might Be Marvel's Black Panther?

July 26, 2009
Source: MTV

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

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?

Black Panther

Find more posts in Casting, Movie News, Rumors

Discover more around the web:

  • jcyo
    he hasn't been on lost since 2006
  • DoomCanoe
    yeah but other then being in suck ass G.I. Joe that's his most recent roll. and i fucking love this guy i say sign him up ASAP
  • Corey
    I sure as HELL hope so.
  • Mr Eko was a bingo bango bonus character, wish he was still beating folk with his Jesus stick, I miss him in Lost. He's a good actor so I'm sure he could play the super hero, but give him a Jesus stick.
  • Sabes
    I love this guy, he's awesome.
  • Scott
    I never really read Black Panther. So I don't know. But he looks cool enough.
  • Robbie
    I think he's the right choice.
  • mace
    he is a good choice when he played Mr Eko in Lost he made the show even more interesting also he played Simon Adebisi in OZ Simon Adebisi sings Happy birthday
  • matt
    hold on so this is going to be produce by Marvel Studio if so that would be great if its another studio (FOX Studio) it will suck
  • me
    I like Djimon Hounsou. He's my choice. Blood Diamond and Never Back Down are great movies in wich he was cool.
  • this is one of those rare occasions where everyone mentioned so far would be good, they've got a tough choice to make...
  • Andrius
    Doesn't that picture reminds you of "Crysis" the pc game...
  • Ross
    @10, Djimon is listed as doing the voice in an animated Black Panther tv series.
  • Ross
  • gabe the Accuser
    Djimon Hounsou is too old to be black panther, but i would like to see him in the movie as a villain or something else
  • SID
    I hope Chiwetel Ejiofor gets the part. I love both the other actors but Chiwetel in my opinion could make T'challa badass. Djimon would be cool too but I've seen so much of him in big blockbusters. Chiwitel would keep it fresh.
  • NomoJews
    Why does anyone care about a movie with coloreds in it. its gonna be stupid. They are prob gonna be fighting to see who can eat the most Fried Chicken. We need to get rid of the blacks, Jews, Mexicans, and Arabs. The sooner the better, and get this country back to a white America like it should be.
    • Infojdl2
      It would never have been white America if the Indians didn’t save you from cannibalism and secondly your free black labor. Oh but those are just facts and I’m sure you don’t concern yourself with facts…your douchery is epic.
  • JussHaten
    @17 are you begging for attention or something?! Save that comment for your InBreed KKK rallies. I think he would be an great pick for the movie.
  • Jason
    #17 what reason is there to hate. But I guess its easy when you are behind a computer screen. They are all great actors
  • Jason
    #17 I just have to say this, this country is great b/c of all the different people in it. People from around the world, black, white, arab, jew, hispanic, asian, everyone. your hateful Rhetoric has no place in America anymore. You KKK nazi fools are a dying breed. I hope you all croak!!!
  • zetsu
    i would love to see him as the black panther the only problem i can think of if he joins the avengers he looks to me that his height & body mass he looks fucking bigger than thor.
  • Stan 'The Viewers Choice' Morrow (Facebookme!!!)
    Damn.... all three are great choices, but I agree with #15 I can see him playin' the father or something but still have a strong role, or better yet put them all in the film, and we got something great!! It would be great to see another black superhero done right (Hancock was the bullshit) or have a multicultral cast, some fresh faces, and something new... @17...for real? whats your point? Alex you going to let this guy kill this Great site on some Ignorance ??
  • dahmer
    i think he is too big and buff. isint black panther supposed to be acrobatic? mr eko doesint look acrobatic at all
    • Infojdl2
      I think they should get Jon Bones Jones..if he can act he would be awesome.
  • SkyNet
    Why does the black super hero carry guns -_-. more profiling
  • silver
    all three sound good but yeah adewale seems too bulky for the part
  • james
    @23 why do white superheroes carry guns too i.e. Deadpool, Captain America, Black Widow etc i dont hear profiling for that too. @17 STFU you racist idiot
    • Infojdl2
  • Xerxes
    good casting choice! From Lost to G.I. Joe now Black Panther! Hell yeah!
  • Blue Silver
    #17 What this country needs is to get rid off F*CKING racists like you! This country would NEVER function well with without our current diversity! Dumb ASS!!
  • Triple A is the logical choice. He has definitely paid his dues in Hollywood and I think he is the right man for the job. I would love to see this on the big screen finally.
  • Fisherr
    I think he is a good choice i really like Triple A, i see him fit the role pretty much.
  • Major Kusanagi
    "'s about time we have a black superhero" - what happened to Blade???
  • Major Kusanagi
    ....also Halle Berry's version of Catwoman... ain't she black??
    • Infojdl2
      lol yes and no
  • me
    #17 NomoJews... well... I don't no what to say... you have balls. But your just a stupid racist! Get off this site!!! No one( the comments above suggest that) likes your opinion. Get lost! Anyway... all three actors can play Black Panther. I know Djimon Hounsou is 45 years old, but he could be more agressive to balance the age-agility thing. I don't know much about the Panter so maybe agressivity doesn't match with the superhero. Adewale could fit.. all three could fit.
  • cs
    You know what #17?! STFU and stick it where the sun doesn't shine! Ignorant people like you don't belong on this website.
  • movie mike
    I Pick Djimon Hounsou, he is more intense and has a greater screen presence. i'll have to see GI Joe before I make any judgements about this guy.
  • Ndemrose
    "...but it's about time we have a black superhero," huh? What about... Blade? Nick Fury (granted, he hasn't had much screen time...yet)? Spawn? Storm? Catwoman? War Machine (in Iron Man II)? Frozone (The Incredibles)? J (Men in Black)? Hancock? Kestrel/Wraith (X-men Origins: Wolverine)? The Invisible Boy (Mystery Men....hehehe)? Meteor Man (well...)? And while note a movie, wasn't Panthro (Thundercats) black; and Cyborg (Teen Titans) as well? Did I miss something?
    • Infojdl2
      Yes you did, we are talking franchise here, black lead: blade,spawn,catwoman,hancock,meteor man...sorry J is not a superhero--only TWO sequel movies over a span of how many decades?? now thor, captain america, superman, spiderman, fantastic four, punisher,ghost rider, hulk, + more ---do i need to count the sequels and remakes? Try seeing it from another perspective maybe you'll come up with better ideas. No one is asking for 50/50, more like 70/30 with 30 being QUAILITY, not appeasement, I think we earned it.
  • tazz
    #36 i guess Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje does not know they had black superheroes lol im shocked that Marvel is not doing more Blade movies, Blade was the first Marvel movie to be successful and it was the driving force for all the other Marvel movies we seen now. made he should of said "we need a first African superhero with a solo movie"
  • Leon
    What about Michael Jai White? The man is probably one of the most underrated actors in Hollywood. And he's got the physicallity for it. And anyone who's seen Black Dynamite knows he rocks. Give him a chance.
  • It would be great to see, if they can get it done and keep it serious. Look forward to it!
  • ulik
    I guess some of you guys don't realize that we live in the technology age. Djimon Hounsou doesn't look anywhere near 45 years old, so imagine what a little make-up and camera work will do. Robert downey jr. is in his early to mid 40's. And look at what they did in The Mysterious Case of Bejamin Button, they had Brad Pitt look like he was 25?! BTW Brad Pitt is in great shape and still looks great for his age just like Djimon who also happens to be in great physical shape. Djimon is a much more intense and emotional driven actor way more than the others. Action is way more easier to do especially if you have stuntmen but REAL acting is what makes movies iconic or epic. Chiwetel Ejiofor needs to be the new James Bond agent 007 and also he needs to portray Marvel Comics' "Deathlok". Adwale looks to much like a villain,he's not a bad actor but he is no where near Djimon's league what so ever.
  • alfred okonigbo
    he has wat it takes, i'll stick to djimon anytime




Alex's Top 10 - 2016
1. La La Land
2. Paterson
3. Arrival
4. Captain Fantastic
5. 20th Cent. Women
6. Pete's Dragon
7. Jackie
8. Kubo & Two Strings
9. Everybody Wants
10. Wilderpeople
Click Here for Thoughts

Jeremy's Top 10 - 2016
1. Moonlight
2. The Handmaiden
3. High-Rise
4. Elle
5. Arrival
6. Kubo & Two Strings
7. 13th
8. Jackie
9. Toni Erdmann
10. The Witch
Click Here for Thoughts


Subscribe to our feed or daily newsletter:
Follow Alex's main profile on twitter:
For the news posts only, follow this acct:
Add our feed to your Feedly: follow us in feedly