Though a painting of Black Panther has been known to hang in The Avengers mansion, and he has fought along side this ensemble of superheroes in the past, there are no plans for him to make an appearance in the upcoming Joss Whedon directed movie. He is a stand alone character, and for years, many different directors have tried to get him to the big screen. Reginald Hudlin is currently leading the charge.

Hudlin has written and produced Marvel Knights: Black Panther, an animated mini-series that will be released just in time for Black History month, with Djimon Hounsou voicing the lead character. In support of this upcoming release, Hudlin talked about bringing the character to life in a big screen, live action movie that has long been rumored to star /person/djimon-hounsou/Hounsou.

Here is what Reginald had to say:

"I'd love for it to happen since I've been chasing the character for quite some time. When I first came to Hollywood the film was already in development, and I read some scripts about Black Panther that were just terrible. There was one where he was an African-American who grew up in the housing projects and had no idea about his incredible heritage. I went to the studio and said, 'Whether I'm involved in the picture or not,' that (script) is wrong. That's just evil. You can't tell his story that way.' That may not have been politically the best thing to say, but I felt it needed to be said. The good thing is now, the character is in Marvel's hands, they're making the decisions, and they're going to be a lot more faithful to the character."

About casting Djimon Hounsou as the voice of the animated Black Panther with the hopes of bringing him into a live action feature as well, Hudlin stated:

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"People ask me how I came up with the idea of casting Djimon in the role, and I'm like, 'Are you kidding?' His presence is so powerful. He's just this humble and unpretentious guy, but you feel his power every time you're around him. When I worked with him, I went to myself, 'I don't need to think a lot about this."

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B. Alan Orange