It worked wonders for Chris Evans! Now Michael B Jordan is following in his red boot prints, leaving behind his failed ‘Fantastic Four‘ movie, produced by 20th Century Fox and joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The acclaimed actor has landed an undisclosed role in 2018’s ‘Black Panther’ movie. Though the role isn’t named, it is speculated that he could play a villain.
‘Black Panther’ stars Chadwick Boseman, who pleased audiences with his appearance in ‘Captain America: Civil War’. Joining him will be Andy Serkis, reprising his role as villain Ulysses Klau (a.k.a. Klaw) from ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’. It has been revealed that Lupita Nyong’o (‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’) is in talks to play T’Challa’s love interest.
For his part, Jordan has become one of the most sought-after young actors in Hollywood over the past few years, after making a splash in ‘Chronicle’ the low-budget original spin on the superhero genre directed by ‘FF”s Josh Trank. He as since earned praise for his roles in ‘Fruitvale Station’ and last year’s awards-nominated ‘Creed’. Sadly, his foray into big budget superhero films, ‘Fantastic Four’ was trashed by critics, ignored by audiences and died a quick, quiet death at the box office.
Jordan played Johnny Storm/The Human Torch, a role previously played by Chris Evans in 2005’s ‘Fantastic Four’ and 2007’s ‘Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer’, also from 20th Century Fox. Both were part of the glut of superhero movies in the early 2000s and only performed moderately well, but weren’t the break-outs that Fox had hoped for, which led to last year’s doomed reboot.
While Evans shined in his role, he rose to much greater prominence as the star of the ‘Captain America’ series produced by Marvel Studios. ‘Captain America: Civil War’ just celebrated the highest opening weekend of 2016 so far.
Unfortunately, Jordan isn’t taking on a headlining role, but that doesn’t mean he won’t prove to be a break-out fan favorite, like Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, or that he won’t still pop up in future Marvel films.
What role would you like to see Jordan play in ‘Black Panther’? What do you think about him jumping from Fox’s ‘Fantastic Four’ franchise to Marvel?
‘Black Panther’, directed by Ryan Coogler will arrive in theaters on February 16, 2018.