The Latino Review has finally shed some light on Marvel’s mystery 2014 film “already in the works”.
According to the website Marvel is pushing production forward for The Black Panther, aka T’Challa, the heir to the centuries-old ruling dynasty of the African kingdom Wakanda, and ritual leader of its Panther Clan.
Here’s some more background on the character from comicbookmovie.com:
His mother died in childbirth, earning him the enduring hatred of his adopted elder brother, Hunter, who also resented T’Challa for supplanting him in the royal household. Hunter would become the White Wolf, leader of the Hatut Zeraze (Dogs of War), the Wakandan secret police. T’Challa’s senses and physical attributes have been enhanced to superhuman levels by the heart-shaped herb.
This is a smart play by Marvel to recapture some of the black audience it lost when the Blade series ran its course. The Black Panther is widely recognized as the first black superhero and has in fact already been hinted at in previous Marvel films. As the Latino Review points out, Wakanda was shown on a map in Iron Man 2 and Captain America’s shield is made from Vibranium which also hails from Wakanda.
Michael Jai White (Mortal Kombat: Legacy), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (LOST), and Djimon Hounsou who voices the character on the animated TV series have all been “fan-casted” in the title role.