African Comic Book Hero ‘Black Panther’ May Finally Get Big Screen Treatment
Fans of pioneering Marvel Comics character Black Panther have been anticipating a big screen adaptation of the story of the African warrior and chief of the technologically advanced Wakanda nation ever since Wesley Snipes announced plans to make a live action film almost twenty years ago. After various snags and halts, the Black Panther franchise will be the next film from Marvel Studios if an exclusive report from Latino Review holds true.
According to the report, Marvel Studios have been hinting that they wanted to create a film for the popular character; first seeing action in 1966 after comic legends Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created Black Panther. Marvel gained the rights to the character in 2005 and last year, documentary filmmaker Mark Bailey was charged to write a script. Fans of the recent crop of Marvel characters coming to life have already linked clues that Black Panther was due to make an appearance. In 2010’s Iron Man 2, S.H.I.E.L.D. leader Nick Fury points to a map and highlights Wakanda. Additionally, Captain America’s shield is made from the metal vibranium, which is native to Wakanda.
Black Panther, also known as the warrior chief T’Challa, leads Wakanda, considered the most technologically advanced nation on Earth. He has appeared in several animated Marvel Animation properties since 1994, and a joint production with BET led to a six episode animated series developed by director Reginald Hudlin which modernized the franchise.
The next logical question is which actor will be able to pull off playing the lead character?
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