Marvel’s Black Panther is shaping up very nicely. Even if I wasn’t already eagerly anticipating it based on Chadwick Boseman’s performance in Captain America: Civil War alone and Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station) directing, the cast is making this one of the more all-star rosters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe stable.
Lupita Nyong’o was announced as in talks to play Boseman’s love interest and now Creed star Michael B. Jordan is in negotiations to join the suddenly stacked ensemble as well. For Jordan this would be a major comic book movie turnaround after starring in the DOA attempted relaunch of Fantastic Four.
I’m intrigued if reports that Jordan could be playing a villain prove true. He’s been shrewd in not being typecast into any kind of role and his well-rounded resume would definitely get another boost in a high profile Marvel film.
The MCU is constantly searching for that next great villain to stand alongside Loki and Jordan certainly has the natural charisma to play a larger than life bad guy that could also charm audiences.
Unlike some of his more celebrated Avengers’ teammates, Black Panther doesn’t have a very deep roster of villains.
It’s possible Jordan could be playing a villain from another section of the Marvel Comics universe. As we’ve seen in the past, movie execs aren’t shy about raceswapping comic book characters so Jordan may not necessarily be playing one of the very few black villains in the Marvel universe.
Black Panther is set for release on Feb. 16, 2018.