CBMB: Michael B. Jordan to Join Marvel’s Black Panther!!!
By Muuka Muyumba
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting Michael B. Jordan is bucking the Fox Marvelverse for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and will reteam with his Creed director Ryan Coogler for Marvel’s Black Panther. This would be a significant power move by Jordan as well as a big coup (again) for Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios.
Jordan and Coogler are building an impressive body of work together having started with the critically acclaimed independent film Fruitvale Station, and the critically acclaimed Oscar-nominee Creed last fall. Jordan is becoming a power-player in Hollywood, so this move to potentially play a Marvel heavy is a surprising turn, especially after the disaster that was last summer’s Fantastic Four.
Fantastic Four was another seemingly sure-bet move by Jordan, who had hitched his wagon to another up and coming director, Josh Trank after their shared success in Chronicle. However, that re-teaming got off to a wonky start when he was cast as Johnny Storm which caused some racist fanboys and girls to lose their minds. Then the production started and was reported to have been a veritable horror show with reports of Trank’s erratic behavior, his dislike for a main lead, and eventual studio intervention into post-production.
Despite all these horrors, today reports emerged that uber-producer Simon Kinberg was still chomping at the bit to get another version of Fantastic Four on the big screen with the same cast as the first disaster. However, now Jordan is seemingly forcing their hand and committing to a key role in the upcoming Black Panther in a totally different superhero film universe.
No word from Marvel on this rumor, but if true, Jordan may be playing Erik Killmonger, a Wakandan ex-pat who is focused on overthrowing T’Challa’s government, seeking to make himself ruler through various plots.
Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, Lupita Nyong’o (still in negotiations), and Andy Serkis, from a script by Joe Robert Cole. The film hits theaters on February 2, 2018 with filming set to begin in early 2017.