Chadwick Boseman Rumored To Play Black Panther In Avengers: Age of Ultron

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The latest bit of speculation to hit the internet regarding Joss Whedon’s highly anticipated Avengers: Age of Ultron comes to us courtesy of Nerd Reactor, who thinks that 42 star Chadwick Boseman may be showing up as Black Panther in the film.

Black Panther is one of the most prominent minority superheroes and in the comic books, he is most often depicted as the ruler of the fictional African country, Wakanda. Nerd Reactor quotes a report from Devin Faraci of Badass Digest, who says that the plot of the new Avengers film will involve the titular villain Ultron building his armor out of the material vibranium (the same material that Captain America’s shield is made out of), which he gets from Wakanda. So presumably, that’s how Panther will tie in.

Frankly, it’s about time the Black Panther made an appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Marvel movies, and really superhero films in general, are seriously lacking in diversity, and as one of the most popular minority superheroes, Black Panther makes a lot sense as a new addition to the MCU. If the character is well-received in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel Studios will certainly look to produce a spin-off solo film for him as well.

Boseman, meanwhile, is an actor on the rise. In addition to the Jackie Robinson biopic 42, he has another biopic releasing shortly, Get On Up, in which he plays legendary soul singer James Brown. Appearing in the sequel to one of the most popular blockbuster films in recent memory would be a great profile boost for the actor, and I think that he would fit in quite nicely with the already star-studded cast. In fact, when asked by Black Tree TV about his involvement with the character at the recent Draft Day premiere, the actor didn’t flat out deny anything (as you can see in the video below). So perhaps there’s a chance that these rumors have some truth to them?

Avengers: Age of Ultron is currently set for a May 2015 release. Robert Downey, Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson are all set to return, alongside newcomers Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and James Spader.


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  • The Walking Cuban

    “Oh South Africa is South Africa.”
    Yeah right, marvel.

  • frank

    They should cast Zac Efron as Black Panther. Bring some diversity to black panther

    • wat

      Shut up.

      • Watup

        I vote cumberbatch. He would bring a unique flavor.

  • wat

    If you think a white actor playing Black Panther is the same as a black actor playing The Human Torch, you’re an idiot. Human Torch’s identity doesn’t revolve around his race. He’s ultimately just a guy. On the other hand, Black Panther is an /African King/. He HAS to be black.

    This isn’t me supporting black actors playing traditionally white characters but you’re seriously an idiot if you use Black Panther as your go-to example, a character that literally HAS to be black.

    • Observer

      They should have kept Torch were Sue Storm’s biological brother. A major theme in FF is family, and their lifelong bond is an important part of it. I would rather have had them cast a black Reed Richards, (which would have been awesome), instead of as a stereotypical irresponsible joking douche like Johnny Storm. But then I don’t like any of the casting in that reboot – looks even worse than the atrocious previous series.

      But come on Cumberbatch as BP is clearly just a successful attempt at hilarity.

      And give Boseman a chance. They’ve done an amazing job casting people that not only resemble their characters but play them just right so far, all around since they’ve had the reigns. And he has the look of perhaps a Prince T’Challa – maybe the solo film can be him taking the mantle at the passing of King T’Chaka. I’m just thrilled to have a possibly legitimate Panther sighting.

      • wat

        I agree about Sue being black too.

        And I’d rather Boseman play Green Lantern for DC. I want Black Panther to be as authentic as possible. I’d be angry if Marvel just casted a black guy.

        • Aaron Stites

          “I want Black Panther to be as authentic as possible.” That’s the very same reason why most of us comic fans want a white human torch. When a character doesn’t look the way they were designed. Be it skin, hair or eye color, authenticity is lost.

    • fred

      Now you’re right about that, Black Panther has to obviously be black, there is no getting around that in any possible conceivable way.

    • Aaron Stites

      They could change his back story just like they are doing with the new Fantastic Four it is in fact the same thing in that manner. I’m not saying I want a white actor I’m just saying your comment is ridiculous because it would be the same thing.

  • wat

    Also, Marvel would be stupid to let this guy play Black Panther. An actual African or someone with African roots (not racial roots, /cultural/ roots) needs to play him. I nominate Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and I will until the role is actually casted. Djimon Honsou is my plan B. Sucks it’s unlikely either will be chosen since Marvel foolishly miscasted them as Kurse and Korath respectively.

    • Yeah

      Djimon Honsou is too old to play a prince.

      • wat

        Which is why the character is a KING lol

        • The Walking Cuban

          Lol

          • wat

            Have you watched Cap 2 more than once? I’ve craving seeing it again but I refuse to pay for another movie ticket or watch it on bootleg lol

          • The Walking Cuban

            Nah I can’t I don’t get to go to the movies that often. It’ll be a while before I watch it again

          • wat

            Likewise. Hopefully the home release is speedy.

          • The Walking Cuban

            Same here

        • The Walking Cuban

          Morgan freeman.

          As doctor strange.

          • wat

            LOL. You know, that actually sounds kinda cool

          • The Walking Cuban

            I’d watch it and honestly I’ll watch all of them anyway. Chadwyck would definitely have to bulk up.

          • wat

            Not if he plays Green Lantern instead. ;)

          • The Walking Cuban

            You’re right about that

    • fred

      Great actors but they’re flat out too old man. You can’t have no 50 year old dudes playing T’Challa homie, sorry but no, now I would love to see either as T’Chaka, you would be on to something there. And if not Boseman how about Ewitel Ejiofor from the Oscar winning “12 Years A Slave”, you forgot to even mention him and he’s Nigerian. Boseman, Ejiofor, David Oyelowo, Gbenga Akinnabe or Aldis Hodge would be great choices for T’Challa.

      • wat

        Didn’t choose Chiwetel because he personally doesn’t feel intimidating enough. Gbenga wouldn’t be a bad choice. I loved him on The Wire.

        • fred

          Hey man I feel ya, we all are entitled to our opinions. I don’t know bro, Chiwetel not intimidating enough, go watch his roles in “4 Brothers” and “Serenity” and come back and tell me if you feel the same way lol.

          • wat

            Seen ‘em lol. He’s a great actor so him being casted would be great

          • fred

            He is indeed a great actor, some people might only now start recognizing this guy for his outstanding performance in “12 Years”, but this dude has been in the game for quite some time now and has delivered great performances in lead and supporting roles. For those who have just started recognizing this guy, you might want to check out his performances in other great films like “Dirty Pretty Things”, “Inside man”, “American Gangster”, “Kinky Boots” and “Children Of Men” among them. I hear Ejiofor is up for the role of main villain in the next ‘Bond’ film. I know recently it was said that Marvel was down to their top two choices which was Boseman and Ejiofor, I’m good with either because their excellent actors which is the most important factor to me. Man we’ve been hearing so many so called rumors on Black Panther over the past few years and they’ve all turned out to be false, however with these latest rumors and news it just might be different this time, at least I hope so. If we don’t hear too much more right now it could be that Marvel is saving something and are not giving any official confirmations until the SDCC this July, we’ll see.

          • wat

            He was also great in American Gangster. One of my favorite movies.

          • The Walking Cuban

            And he got punked like Charlie murphy

          • wat

            Hahaha

        • MediaFan

          Marvel needs to looks for someone who can bring to the role what Christian Bale brought to Bat Man. As thats the superhero bigness need mixed with a royalness of modern day Shaka Zulu.

          An actor like Adewale Akinnuoye Agbaje, is perfect for this role as he is a successful seasoned actor but he is not too overexposed, which is perfect for Marvel also her is stature would deliver superhero feel need for the role but most important he is of direct African descent and he was born in the UK and lives and works in the US, so he natural understands this role.

          Marvel should not cast this role based on youth as this role goes way beyond that…. they need to think how casted; Christine Bale (Bat Man), Huge Jackman (The Wolverine), Gerrad Butler (300).
          This role needs someone who will deliver & create a character we will not forget, Adewale Akinnuoye Agbaje, is perfect for this!

          Chadwick is a good actor but he is not right in anyway other than being black.

          • wat

            I personally think Christian Bale was a subpar Batman and Hugh Jackman was a terrible Wolverine, but for most part I agree with you. AAA is optimal and Chadwick, while a good actor, is not.

      • JUSROMAN

        What about Michael Jai White??

  • The Walking Cuban

    Morgan freeman.

    As doctor Strange.

  • AdonisBishop

    I never considered Chadwick for the role but in acting you can pull off anything if the script and training is done right.I don’t believe this rumor is true either but would be nice.I would rather see Black Panther introduced in Captain America 3 especially is Batman Vs Superman is still coming out May 6th 2016.I want to see that fight of Captain America and Black Panther go at it then join together to take on The Claw and Baron Zemo.That’s just my wish but at least mention him in Age Of Ultron cause Ultron’s original armor I don’t think was made of Vibranium.I could be wrong but I thought his later armor was made with a mix of Vibranium and Adamantium.

    • MediaFan

      Marvel needs to looks for someone who can bring to the role what Christian Bale brought to Bat Man. As thats the superhero bigness need mixed with a royalness of modern day Shaka Zulu.

      An actor like Adewale Akinnuoye Agbaje, is perfect for this role as he is a successful seasoned actor but he is not too overexposed, which is perfect for Marvel also her is stature would deliver superhero feel need for the role but most important he is of true African decesnt (his parents are Nigerian), he was born in the UK but visited Africa often and he lives in the US were he started his acting career, so he natural understands this role.

      Marvel should not cast this role based on youth as this role goes way beyond that…. they need to think how they casted Christine Bale (Bat Man), Huge Jackman (The Wolverine), Gerrad Butler (300).

      Chadwick is not right in anyway other than being black.

  • MediaFan

    Chadwick, is the WRONG CHOICE… the role need someone with more depth, someone with a NATURAL understanding of AFRICA mixed with an understanding of the workings of international world plus deliver a convincing African accent. This is an important role, it needs someone with true depth, a total unknown won’t work either as you need someone with great acting chops and physical abilitity.

    Marvel needs to looks for someone who can bring to the role what Christian Bale brought to Bat Man. As thats the superhero bigness need mixed with a royalness of modern day Shaka Zulu.

    An actor like Adewale Akinnuoye Agbaje, is perfect for this role as he is a successful seasoned actor but he is not too overexposed, which is perfect for Marvel also her is stature would deliver superhero feel need for the role but most important he is of true African decesnt (his parents are Nigerian), he was born in the UK but visited Africa often and he lives in the US were he started his acting career, so he natural understands this role.

    Marvel should not cast this role based on youth as this role goes way beyond that…. they need to think how they casted Christine Bale (Bat Man), Huge Jackman (The Wolverine), Gerrad Butler (300).

    Chadwick is not right in anyway other than being black.

  • lala S.

    With no disrespect intended to the candidates in line for the role of Black Panther, there is perfect candidate for this role, and his name is Boris Kodjoe. Boris would be excellent in that role, he has the looks and most importantly he can act!

  • lala S.

    The role of Storm in Marvels X-Men should be replaced with Paula Patton. To be honest she looks closer to the comic book version of Storm than Halle Berry, no hate intended!