UPDATE: It looks like Marvel Films might finally be en route to Wakanda.
Well, the Black Panther didn't have a cameo appearance in "The Avengers" like we speculated over a year and a half ago, but he might now be getting his own stand-alone Marvel movie, according to Latino Review.
There has been much speculation as to what Marvel hero would be getting his or her own feature film now that the long-awaited big team-up is up and running (and breaking every box office record imaginable), and all signs are pointing toward T'Challa. Wakanda, the fictional African nation from which he hails, was featured on a map in "Iron Man 2," and Captain America’s shield is made from vibranium, which hails from Wakanda.
There's no hard evidence just yet, so stay tuned for confirmation on whether the Panther will indeed be clawing his way to the big screen — at long, long last.
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"Black Panther" is lurking about once again.
With so many Marvel movies in the pipeline — most of which are leading up to the team-up to end all team-ups, "The Avengers" — we'd almost forgotten about the rogue warrior who's been stuck in development hell for the better part of two decades.
Well, King T'Challa of Wakanda is set to take his rightful place amongst his fellow superheroes, as Heat Vision reports that Marvel Studios has hired Mark Bailey to pen the "Black Panther" screenplay.
Bailey is something of an odd choice, as he has mostly documentary credits on his resume, but hey, at least someone got hired to write this thing. Marvel's own Kevin Feige is producing.
Black Panther was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and is considered to be the first black superhero to appear in mainstream American comics. The king of a resource-rich African country who reinvents himself as a superhero first appeared in "Fantastic Four" #52 (July 1966) and joined the Avengers in "The Avengers" #52 (May 1968).
Wesley Snipes was once attached to the project, though we highly doubt that's the case now. There's also currently no word on a director.
Hmm... might Marvel be planning a surprise Black Panther cameo in "The Avengers," who will then get his own spin-off movie after the big team-up? That's not too far-fetched a possibility, is it?
Originally published on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011 at 7:13 p.m. ET.