Marvel to Follow Captain America 2 with Black Panther?
Posted 06.06.12 by Ryan
The Marvel movie rumor mill is cranking out more intriguing "news." On the heels of the rumor that the X-Men: First Class sequel will be based on the "Days of Future Past" storyline, comes the rumor that another comic book Avenger is going to get his own movie: Black Panther.
The source of the rumor is Latino Review, which claims that four different sources have revealed that T'Challa, aka the Black Panther, will be the next character to get his own movie. Marvel already has a 2014 release date scheduled but hasn't yet announced what project will fill that date. (Captain America 2 is scheduled for April 4, 2014.) Documentarian Mark Bailey was hired to write the movie's screenplay early last year and the report claims that the script is "awesome."
Possibly conflicting with the Black Panther movie rumor is the fact that Marvel is also actively pursuing an Ant-Man adaptation with director Edgar Wright that, according to Marvel president Kevin Feige's recent April update, is "closer than it's ever been" to production.
Still, the Black Panther already has a leg up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe after T'Challa's fictional African country of Wakanda was an Iron Man 2 "Easter Egg," appearing on S.H.I.E.L.D.'s computer screens as a location of superhuman activity. Combine that with Wright's busy schedule — he'll likely shoot the comedy The World's End with actor and co-writer Simon Pegg this year and he's also developing an adaptation of The Night Stalker for actor Johnny Depp — and it's possible that Ant-Man will have to wait, leaving Marvel to move forward with Black Panther.
Of course, the Marvel rumor mill might merely be churning out another fanboy-friendly possibility. SuperHeroHype added this update via their Twitter: "Sources at the studio tells us that the Black Panther movie rumor is not true." We'll have to wait and see whose sources are telling the truth.