The two are inseparable. And that’s a good thing.
As the headline states, Michael B. Jordan has just signed on for an as-of-yet unnamed role in 2017’s BLACK PANTHER. Why is this important? Well, for one thing, Jordan is an amazing actor. He had an eleven episode run in THE WIRE, but in the film world, he hit it big with CHRONICLE, and later FRUITVALE STATION where he initially teamed up with director, Ryan Coogler.
Coogler’s next film was the seventh entry in the ROCKY franchise. CREED told the story of Apollo’s son who grows up to a boxer too, this time guided by Apollo’s one-time nemesis, Rocky Balboa himself. CREED certainly revitalized the boxing saga, buoyed by Jordan’s acting and Coogler’s writing and directing. Now the two are at it again, this time under the massive umbrella of Marvel Studios.
The Hollywood Reporter tells us that Jordan is playing a villain in the film, which leaves it open to a handful of options. It’s possibly he’s White Wolf, a brother of T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) who goes rogue and is fueled by jealousy. Some are speculating that he’ll be Erik Killmonger (a pretty direct name), who, again, is someone close to the King of Wakanda that eventually turns against and probably will fight to the death.
The Black Panther had a successful intro into the Marvel world in the recently released CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, so I’m excited to see where the character goes next. With Coogler behind the lens, and with Jordan now onboard, expectations will only get higher. With a release date of February 18, 2018, there is plenty of time for new people to be added (and even drop out), so probably best to just relax, people.