‘Black Panther’ Ensemble Will Be 90% African Or African American

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Captain America: Civil War has been praised by critics and audiences alike, and one of the best aspects of that film was the introduction of T’Challa – the Black Panther. Chadwick Boseman absolutely nailed the role, and is set to lead his own standalone film directed by Fruitvale Station and Creed director Ryan Coogler.

In an interview with The Empire Film Podcast, Kevin Feige discussed Black Panther’s introduction in Captain America: Civil War and also talked about Coogler’s film as well as the growing ensemble.

That will be amongst the best ensembles we’ve ever had,” Feige said of the Black Panther cast, “and 90% of the cast is either African or African-American.

This bodes well for both the film and Marvel Studios as a whole. Lupita Nyong’o is in negotiations to play T’Challa’s love interest and Michael B. Jordan is set to join as well – marking this the third collaboration in a row with director Ryan Coogler. The prospect of having a high-scale superhero movie be led by a predominately black cast is groundbreaking. I cannot wait to see Coogler apply his sensibilities in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He accomplished wonderful character dynamics in his previous two films, and directed an incredible one-take fight sequence in Creed. This trip to Wakanda is going to be something special.

Black Panther will hit theaters on February 16, 2018.

Source: The Empire Film Podcast

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  • Marquis de Sade

    This is really shaping up to be an EVENT release! Really looking forward to this.

  • capwulf

    I am so hyped. Bless you Marvel. Waited all my life for this.

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  • unpaidpundit

    Politically correct folks will be bitterly disappointed if the villain isn’t white. They want to see T’Challa strike literal blows against colonialism, racism, and “white privilege.” Social justice warriors are praying that “Heroic Hollywood” misheard, and that Michael B. Jordan is playing a “victim,” (of racist oppression) not a “villain.” Black people so rarely play villains in Hollywood that Marvel runs the risk of confusing the critics. “Can black people be villains?” many media film critics will ask themselves.

    • capwulf

      you sound stupid

      • unpaidpundit

        I can construct an argument in writing, something you obviously can not do. You appear to be the one lacking in intelligence.

    • ISeeMoney

      A lot of Black people think the Black Panther movie is about to go like Beyonce.

      No, Wakanda is a fictional country (very important fact here). While there happen to be plenty of Black folks in it, it is going to deal with various issues that everyone can relate to.

      To clarify: In terms of representation, yes, plenty of Black guys and girls.

      In terms of themes, it’s bigger than just Africans and Afro-Americans.

      Anybody could have related to the death of Tchalla’s father in Civil War as well as his thirst for revenge, not just Africans and Afro-Americans.
      That’s the path they will go for the movie.

      They did well by selecting Coogler as director because he runs a Humans’s right organisation on the side. Very key to help deliver the narrative of a head of state who goes through various challenges to keep his citizens safe.

      • capwulf

        How do you know what a lot of Black people think the movie is going to be like?
        Did you go to the Black meeting? Can you give me a copy of the minutes, because I missed it.

        • ISeeMoney

          Well a trending hashtag is enough to gauge reactions. Have you seen the reactions to #BlackPantherSoLit On Twitter?
          You probably haven’t. ?
          Check Instagram as well and in comments where we easily see their photos.

          When I say “a lot of Black people ” , I do not generalize and mean “all of them” . The results of the research above gave the conclusion .
          Go and research and make your own conclusions .

          In the meantime , you will have to find something better to make me change my stance on my previous comment??

          • capwulf

            I don’t use twitter to inform my opinion because I am not a child.
            P.s. When you say ‘a lot of black people’, that IS a generalization.

          • ISeeMoney

            Of course you are not childish.  You just happen to be stuck in the past.

            In an era where heads of states, Law enforcement agencies and even the NSA (just to name a few) have had Twitter (and other social media platforms) accounts to inform their decisions and communicate , you think that it’s childish to use it for research ??

          • SAMURAI36

            Wow, & you have the nerve to call someone else stupid. I am Black, & being into comics, I’ve spoken at length to 100’s & 100’s of Black people who share these same interests, both online & IRL. There are several movements dedicated to Black characters in comics, & BP in particular.
            Perhaps instead of throwing out covertly racist statements like “the Black meeting”, you would do well to look up such meetings yourself. Perhaps even attend one, since you wanna what the “minutes” were so badly.

          • capwulf

            Covertly racist? I’m Black my comprehensionally challenged brother. If you were paying attention to what I was saying rather than what you assumed I was.saying, then you would know that I was making a commentary on the idea that Black people are monolithic thinkers. Hence my comment re: the black meeting. The gentleman I initially responded to, inferred that Black people would think this would be like a “Formation video”, insinuating that Blacks didn’t have the sophistication to realize the movie would embrace concepts that would appeal across the board and not just to those of African descent. I was happy to disabuse him of this notion, but the for reasons unbeknownst to me you accuse me of racism to Blacks when I am in fact defending my people. Be careful that you don’t rush to judgement without careful consideration.
            But I digress, I probably am ‘talking silly’….

      • SAMURAI36

        Just because Wakanda is a fictional country, doesn’t negate the fact that its pretty representative of Central Africa.

        As far as Coogler, I don’t know if you realize, but his “Human Rights” work is more aligned with Black Lives Matter, and inner city youth, than it is with Humanitarianism. Just saying.

        Also, BP has always had a very loyal Black fanbase, long before Marvel’s movies, so I don’t know how much “Marvel breaking grounds” plays a factor.

        • ISeeMoney

          You are right when it comes to Cooler initial leanings. His work appears so because most of what has been broadcasted so far was more in line that.
          However his work is much broader than the Afro-American landscape.
          Inner city youth rights and BLM rights are humans rights too with a focus on the issues raised by the the areas they cover.

          Besides, his organisation is fairly recent and given his background, it would be foolish for him not to start at home, so to speak.

          What I meant by “Marvel breaking grounds” is them giving that platform and resources along with a standalone movie. Not them being the reason why Black people are into BP ?

          Wakanda is indeed a mix of many African countries. I wouldn’t stop at the center only.

          • SAMURAI36

            You are right when it comes to Cooler initial leanings. His work appears so because most of what has been broadcasted so far was more in line that.

            Fair point.

            However his work is much broader than the Afro-American landscape.
            Inner city youth rights and BLM rights are humans rights too with a focus on the issues raised by the the areas they cover.

            In the general sense, I would agree that BLM is a human rights issue. However, on an ideological level, unfortunately BLM tends to fall outside of the spectrum of the issues that constitute “human rights”. Which is why BLM was created in the first place. In the meantime, people will self-righteously yell “FREE TIBET!”, yet they don’t know a single person from Tibet, while turning a complete blind eye to the atrocities taking place right down the street from them.

            Besides, his organisation is fairly recent and given his background, it would be foolish for him not to start at home, so to speak.

            Agreed, & “God” bless him for that.

            What I meant by “Marvel breaking grounds” is them giving that platform and resources along with a standalone movie. Not them being the reason why Black people are into BP ?

            Yeah, quite frankly, I’m surprised Marvel decided to back this project. In the comics, BP has gotten very little face time in Marvel’s overall history. And of true little face time he’s gotten, the stories haven’t always been the greatest.

            But hey, I’m not a Marvel fan (even though I am a BP fan), so admittedly I tend to view the things they do thru a more critical lens.

            Wakanda is indeed a mix of many African countries. I wouldn’t stop at the center only.

            True, but Central Africa encompasses a wide territory, spanning several African countries. I rather like the idea of if being a fictional country, which allows for more story potential by not being bound by historical/geographical accuracy. Too bad Marvel hasn’t always taken advantage of that.

    • capwulf

      You are the only one to fixate on this aspect of the movie. If you believe Blacks aren’t cast as villains in movies, the you have your head in the sand.
      I guess you aren’t ‘politically correct’, so you yearn for the days when Blacks were consistently cast as villains.
      I yearn for the day when ignoramuses like you are extinct.
      Are those sentences complete enough for you?

      • SAMURAI36

        No he’s not. There are LOTS of Blacks out there for which BP is their personal hero. Stop trying to speak for others, and just speak for yourself. Just because this topic isn’t relevant for you, doesn’t mean it doesn’t have significance for other people.

        • capwulf

          What the f are you talking about?! BP is one of MY personal heroes.
          This guy said people want the villain to be white to which I disagreed. If you can’t understand my response then you should stay out of the conversation.

          • SAMURAI36

            In case you haven’t noticed, you’ve been nixed out of your own convo, for talking silly. When you make racist comments like “the Black meeting”, you’re automatically DQ’d from being taken seriously.

    • SAMURAI36

      Part of the problem, is that, along with the rest of Marvel, BP doesn’t really have all that great (re: recognizeable) villains gallery.

      I’d always said that the best villain for BP would be Dr. Doom (who, I personally think is HANDS DOWN THE BEST villain in all of comics–and I say that as a staunch DC enthusiast). But Doom ends up being wasted with the FF, both in the movies as well as the comics.

      However, as it is, even most diehard Marvel fans can’t even tell you about BP’s villains.

      I too, don’t want a Black villain on BP’s first outing. A Black villain ends up looking like tribalism, and that has never really been BP’s biggest trouble. As you stated, colonialism has been BP’s biggest adversary.

      Even as I begrudgingly admit that BP is the ONLY Marvel movie I am remotely interested in, I don’t have the most faith that they won’t mess it up.

  • JMMagwood

    Too bad FOX didn’t get Coogler for “Fantastic Four.” He’s one of the best young writer/directors out there. This is going to be good.

    • SAMURAI36

      Honestly, I find myself more enamored with the IDEA of a BP movie, rather than the fact that we are getting one. If the BP movie is anything like what they’ve done with the character in the comics all these years, then that’s not a good thing, IMO.

      • JMMagwood

        Marvel’s had a pretty good track record in deciding what stories to adapt, and what not to. Not perfect, but they’ve done well. There are some pretty good BP stories, and I think Coogler’s talented enough to do any extra work an adapted story might need.

        • SAMURAI36

          I dunno if I agree with Marvel picking great stories for them adapt. Especially when the ones they adapt end up being nothing like the original story. AOU was nothing like the comic version, nor was CW. For that matter, the MCU barely resembles the MU at all. Unless Bucky started out as a grown man in the comics, or Black Widow ended up “flirting” with Bruce in the comics, or the Mandarin was some weirdo white guy in the comics?

          The best BP story, was the one that was adopted for the animated series. Do they really wanna retread that territory again?

          And they are gonna be hard pressed to find some good villains to fight. And as has been stated earlier, BP suffers as a character, from what most of the MCU as a whole suffers from; the lack of villains. That has been the problem with practically every Marvel film, up to and including CW.

          Unless they create some villains for BP to fight in his solo film, then that’s gonna pose a problem. Which is why I said the idea of a BP film is more appealing to me, than a BP film itself.

          • JMMagwood

            CW and AOU were better movies than the comics.
            I didn’t care for either of those series at all.

            As for the criticism about matching the comics, you can’t have double standards like that. You attack Marvel for not exactly matching the comics, and then defend DC for it.
            Their movies and TV shows only vaguely resemble the comics. We’re hoping to see something that’s somewhat familiar, but still it’s own creature with these movies. Lex Luthor is nothing like the LL in the comics, but you were okay with that, right?

            I never saw the animated series, so I don’t know what they adapted. I would go for the late ’90s Priest stories for best BP.

            Any villain can be compelling with good writing. So far, that’s not been a strength of Marvel’s after Loki, but Coogler’s a heck of a writer from what I’ve seen. I’m greatly anticipating both this and Doctor Strange more than any Marvel projects in quite awhile.

          • SAMURAI36

            CW and AOU were better movies than the comics.
            I didn’t care for either of those series at all.

            Each his own, I guess. Mind you, I’m not a Marvel fan in the slightest, but even I recognize the gravitas of the original CW story. After recently having seen the CW movie (online, mind you), I can say that it pales in comparison, & that’s me being nice. Perhaps I’ll write a review for it, if I feel so inclined.

            However, Even though I agree that the original AOU story was garbage, the movie version was no better, IMO. I’ll save my critique on that for another time as well.

            As for the criticism about matching the comics, you can’t have double standards like that. You attack Marvel for not exactly matching the comics, and then defend DC for it.
            Their movies and TV shows only vaguely resemble the comics. We’re hoping to see something that’s somewhat familiar, but still it’s own creature with these movies. Lex Luthor is nothing like the LL in the comics, but you were okay with that, right?

            Okay, so 2 points:

            1) I think you misunderstand me just a bit. I don’t don’t have an issue with adaptations per se. But when you make major departures from the character’s motivations as we’ve seen in the MCU, then I have a problem with it.

            2) I disagree vehemently about your statement about the DCEU & Lex. Not only is he a faithful rendition, but some would say that the DCEU in general (this far), & Lex particular are faithful to the source material, to a fault.

            Lex in BVS is a direct rendition of Lex from Superman: Birthright.

            Reference the pics I’ve attached. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/45ae070ec922d0921b7dd1f5d8462fe9de13d477dd4f095032b355020d43fc1f.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a886e545f015408aed366895a38b6ac32f144ff92ec72717717e05f252b15362.jpg
            Birthright came put over a decade ago. MOS is largely based on Birthright, & BVS is based (as I’m sure you already know) on TDKR, as well as DOSM, with continuing elements from Birthright.

            I never saw the animated series, so I don’t know what they adapted. I would go for the late ’90s Priest stories for best BP.

            I would highly recommend you watch it. You can get it on Amazon for next to nothing. It’s hands down, the absolute best Marvel animation that they’ve ever made, by leaps & bounds.
            I liked Priest’s run as well, but Hudlin’s version (which the animated is adapted from) is my personal fave.

            Any villain can be compelling with good writing. So far, that’s not been a strength of Marvel’s after Loki, but Coogler’s a heck of a writer from what I’ve seen. I’m greatly anticipating both this and Doctor Strange more than any Marvel projects in quite awhile.

            Before Loki either. He’s been the only ESL villain they’ve showcased (re: convincing motivations, power levels, etc) thus far, up to & including their latest outing. Which is one of the MANY issues that I have with their films.
            Coogler has a tremendous hill to climb. I’m not sure I share your faith.

          • capwulf

            Mandarins was Asian in the comics and in the movie. Sorry to correct you again.

  • Chris W

    A film about a fictional African nation is going to have a predominately African cast… Kind of assumed isn’t it? The fact the PC champions need to emphasize these things is what’s really becoming sad about modern society. I’m actually offended people feel compelled to state the obvious.

    Next news story: Ms. Marvel to have female lead!

    • SAMURAI36

      Yeah, that’s because you’re a racist.

      • Chris W

        You live a sad life. Reading comprehension is suspect as well.

        • SAMURAI36

          Mmmm, no. My life is pretty well fulfilled.

          • Chris W

            Ya hanging out on HH 12 hours a day must be really fulfilling.

          • SAMURAI36

            Yep, that’s precisely what I’m doing. And apparently you are too, since you are able to account for my whereabouts.

      • Gary Barber

        What a sad person who thinks he can take one comment and determine that someone is a racist. Judgmental much? I agree that you live a pretty sad life.

        • SAMURAI36

          What an even sadder person that doesn’t realize that this person has made more than one racist statement (re: several) in as many weeks, & I’ve been calling him out on each one.
          Comment before you know the full story much?

          • Gary Barber

            Oh, so it takes you “several” comments to determine if someone is a racist without ever meeting them – that is TOTALLY different.

          • SAMURAI36

            Okay, I’ll spend a few more responses on humoring you (before I ignore you completely)….
            Pray-tell, how many statements have to be made, before it can be deduced that said person is a racist? And, what would meeting them in person deduce, beyond what has already come out of their mouth?

          • Gary Barber

            Alright – I will humor YOU. What does meeting someone in person deduce?
            When you actually meet someone face to face and, you know, talk to them and actually look at them? Maybe even look in someone’s eyes? You can better judge the way they are saying things, the tone they say them in, and it is a lot easier to see if they are joking, sarcastic, or what emotions they are displaying. You know – this thing called human interaction – maybe you should try it sometime.(You know talking to people in person instead of reading a comment over the internet.)
            As far as judging someone on if they are racist or not? I would say it would definitely be more than “several” comments on an internet movie site. But personally I try not to claim I can read someone else’s mind and know their motives for saying something until I have interacted with them in person. (And no I have never met this guy, I just think you are a fool for thinking you can tell that someone is a racist based on a(or “several”) comments on the internet.)
            Just a suggestion, but if you have nothing better to do than troll an internet site an make judgments on if someone is racist or not, you MAY want to put down your cell phone or computer and try talking to someone in person. You might learn something.

          • SAMURAI36

            And just curious: do you know this person outside of this website? I would hope that you do, the way you are going to such great lengths to defend him.

    • Marty Fritzler

      I want to make a movie called the Grand Wizard about a KKK super hero

  • SAMURAI36

    Honestly, BP was the best part of CW, and the only Marvel character I’m really interested in seeing on the big screen. The rest of the movie was trash, though.

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