Is Black Panther Next For Marvel?
It Depends on Whom You Believe
Although fans are seizing upon Latino Review’s assertion that the long-developing Black Panther movie will follow Captain America 2, possibly as Marvel’s mysterious May 16, 2014, release, SuperheroHype contends that studio sources insists the report is untrue. So whose sources do you trust more?
Talk of a Black Panther movie began as early as 1992, when Wesley Snipes announced interest in portraying the character in an Indiana Jones-style franchise. Development bogged down first at Columbia Pictures and then at Artisan Entertainment, all the while with Snipes still attached (as recently as 2002). But in 2005 Marvel reacquired the Black Panther license from Lionsgate, which bought Artisan two years earlier. The character was mentioned in 2009 among the lesser-known superheroes for which Marvel was reportedly hiring screenwriters to develop in creative (and less-expensive) ways.
That was the last update on the project until January 2011, when the studio hired documentary writer Mark Bailey to tackle the adaptation.
Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the Black Panther debuted in July 1966′s Fantastic Four #52. The king of the technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda, T’Challa has been a member of the Avengers and the star of four ongoing series — most recently Black Panther: The Man Without Fear.
Latino Review points out that Marvel has included a couple of Black Panther-related Easter eggs in its film, showing a map of Wakanda in Iron Man 2, and having Captain America’s shield be made from vibranium, an export of Wakanda.