Everyone is looking forward to having a black super hero headline their own movie.  Luke Cage is confirmed for his own Netflix series, and of course we’ve gotten Storm, Iron Patriot and The Falcon on the big screen.  But the Black Panther was the very first black super hero.  Isn’t it time he got his due?

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Stan Lee, Marvel’s Chairman Emeritus has repeatedly spilled the beans on unannounced Marvel movie projects, including Doctor Strange and of course Black Panther.

The Black Panther debuted in the pages of ‘The Fantastic Four’ in 1966, but has headlined his own comics and has been a member of The Avengers at various times.  His alter ego is king T’Challa of the fictional nation of Wakanda, the only place that one can find the powerful metal Vibranium, which is a component of Captain America’s shield and the villainous android Ultron.  He was briefly married to Storm, but that didn’t last long.

Now, actor Michael K. Williams has thrown his hat into the ring to bring the royal hero to the big screen.  The actor, while promoting the upcoming movie ‘Kill The Messenger’ (featuring lead actor Jeremy Renner, a.k.a. Hawkeye from ‘The Avengers’), hinted that he hoped to bring The Black Panther to life.

When asked if he was a lock for the role, he stated:

“No not yet. And I’m saying ‘yet’ with a lot of emphasis. But hopefully I’m looking forward to being a part of the franchise…  Black Panther. Yeah, definitely… I grew up with it, but I’m more excited about the opportunity. I’m a little more old school. I was into Superman, Batman, Spider-Man. My three top favorites by far. And then you know Wonder Woman, Aquaman–you know that’s my world. That’s my childhood… It would depend on the script. I would definitely bring that quintessential New York City edge. You know, just a little bit of that grit.”

That last part is a bit questionable, because Black Panther isn’t American, so he wouldn’t have a “New York edge.”  But I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Williams is highly respected for roles on TV series ‘The Wire’ and Boardwalk Empire’.  But is he right for the role of T’Challa the king of Wakanda?

Source: Cinema Blend