Captain America: Civil War is tearing it up at the box office both at home and abroad, and in a movie that brought Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it may not have been Peter Parker who had the biggest breakout. Chadwick Boseman's Black Panther has been one of the most praised and talked about aspects of the Russo brothers follow up to Captain America: Winter Soldier. And now anticipation is even higher for the character's solo film, which isn't coming until February 2018.
In addition to Boseman returning as T'Challa and Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Lupita Nyong'o being in talks for the lead female role in the film, it was recently announced that Michael B. Jordan will be re-teaming with director Ryan Coogler for a third time as the villain. Jordan's role in the film has yet to be officially revealed, but the reports have suggested that he will likely be the film's main bad guy.
Fans got their first look at Black Panther in Marvel's current blockbuster Civil War, which has already earned a $295.8 million domestically and $645 million internationally for a worldwide total of $940.8 million after two weekends at number #1 on the box office charts. The post-credit scene in Captain America: Civil War also gave us our first look at Black Panther's homeland of Wakanda, with a massive facility where The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) is now being held. We don't know for sure if Black Panther will be surfacing in any of the other Marvel Cinematic Universe movies that are coming out before Black Panther hits theaters on February 16, 2018.
As for Michael B. Jordan, the actor is no stranger to the superhero genre. Last year, he portrayed Johnny Storm/The Human Torch in 20th Century Fox's Fantastic Four reboot, which failed to make much of a dent at the box office. Ironically, the casting news that he'd joined Black Panther came just hours after we reported that Fantastic Four producer Simon Kinberg still wants to make Fantastic Four 2 last week. It isn't known how many major characters have yet to be cast in Black Panther, and no story details have been revealed.
Ryan Coogler is directing Black Panther, and he is also currently re-working the script originally written by Joe Robert Cole. Producer Kevin Feige revealed last month that Marvel Studios is aiming to start production on Black Panther in January of 2017, but we don't know for sure where exactly filming will take place. We also don't know if another prominent Wakandan character, Andy Serkis' Ulysses Klaue, who was introduced in Avengers: Age of Ultron, will return in Black Panther, but Kevin Feige has said in the past that we haven't seen the last of Klaue. He also revealed that the movie will have a 90% African or African-American cast.
This project will mark Michael B. Jordan's third collaboration with Ryan Coogler, who has starred in both of the director's feature films thus far, the 2013 drama Fruitvale Station and last year's blockbuster Creed. The actor is also developing a remake of The Thomas Crown Affair, with Jordan set to star in and produce alongside Captain America: Civil War directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo. So the question is, who exactly is Jordan playing? Black Panther's villains are not exactly as well known as some of the other characters in the MCU, but here are few the Creed star could become in the highly anticipated standalone adventure.
At first glance, it may be difficult to picture Jordan playing Man-Ape, aka M'Baku. But looks aren't everything and there is a lot of story to mine with this character. M'Baku was at one point the greatest warrior in Black Panther's home country of Wakanda, second only to T'Challa himself. To become Man-Ape, M'Baku hunted, killed and ate the heart of a rare white gorilla which gave him superhuman powers. Man-Ape squared off with Black Panther and challenged him for the throne of Wakanda and gave T'Challa a run for his money in the process. The dynamic with the characters could make for a very cool on-screen dynamic and play into the very different culture that Wakanda will represent when compared to the rest of the MCU.