If you're a Black Panther fan, Marvel fan, or all-around comics fan in general, you can now start getting excited for what is sure to be one-hell of a movie, if the rumor turns out to be true.
The Internet is in overload today following last night's rumored news that Marvel will be announcing Black Panther any day now seeing as how they hired a writer back in January. Not familiar with B.P.? That's ok, check out Wikipedia's description of the character below:
The title “Black Panther” is a rank of office, chieftain of the Wakandan Panther Clan. As chieftain, the Panther is entitled to eat a special heart-shaped herb, as well as his mystical connection with the Wakandan Panther god, that grants him superhumanly acute senses and increases his strength, speed, stamina, and agility to the peak of human development. He has since lost this connection and forged a new one with another unknown Panther deity, granting him augmented physical attributes as well as a resistance to magic.
His senses are so powerful that he can pick up a prey’s scent and memorize tens of thousands of individual ones. T’Challa is a rigorously trained gymnast and acrobat, showing mastery in various African martial arts as well as contemporary ones and fighting styles that belong to no known disciplines.
For those that don't know, here's a brief rundown of how Marvel Studios have handled their "first-phase" properties: In 2008, Iron Man hit theatres to an overwhelming response and ultimately began laying the groundwork for this year's April release of The Avengers, a film that currently sits at #3 on the all-time box office grossing list behind Avatar and Titanic.
After Iron Man came The Incredible Hulk followed by Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger. Now that The Avengers has surpassed any and all expectations, Marvel is planning "phase two" of their feature film properties. The first of these films will be Iron Man 3 and Thor 2 in 2013, followed by Captain America 2 and another un-announced flick that many believe to be Black Panther for 2014. Of course this will all lead up to The Avengers 2 in 2015, yeah, we've done our research.
Now, the big question, and we want you to share your thoughts as usual, WHO SHOULD PLAY BLACK PANTHER? There has been plenty of talk about the likes of Djimon Hounsou (Gladiator), Michael Jai-White (Black Dynamite), Idris Elba (The Wire), and a ton of other names floating around, so what do you think? SOUND OFF!