3 Nigerians Battle For The Slot In Marvel Alleged African Superhero Movie

Onyeka Ibeanusi  | Thursday, 24 July 2014 | 1075 Total Views


It has been reported that Marvel, the company that produces superhero movies is working on a new a movie about “Black Panther,” the African prince-turned-crimefighter, superhero movie and targeting a release in 2014 or 2015.

Though Marvel in their usual way have denied the reports, it seems to be a good bet that there’ll be an official announcement about a “Black Panther” movie before too long.

Out of all the actors associated with the roles for the movie, 3 names are of significance to us because of their Nigerian descent: Chiwetel Ejiofor, David Oyelowo and rising star John Boyega, a very talented actor soon to be the favorite of Nigerians once Half Of A Yellow Sun opens in Cinemas in  August.

Black Panther is T’Challa, was the son of the chief of the Panther Tribe in the fictional African nation of Wakanda. The leader dons the mantle of the panther as a symbol of office, but when his father, T’Chaka, is killed by the villain Ulysses Klaw, T’Challa grows up to become ruler, and soon becomes involved in the Marvel universe as a whole, often fighting alongside the Fantastic Four and, eventually, The Avengers.

T’Challa is a genius-level intellect (with a Ph.D in physics from Oxford, no less), who’s also a powerful athlete, something heightened by special powers from a connection with the Wakandan Panther god, which gives him acute senses and superhuman speed and agility. It’s a great opportunity for a black actor to make the leap to A-list stardom, and its just exciting to guess who’ll be picked for this role.