Namtar here…

With “The Avengers” steamrolling the competition at the box office, Disney is pulling out all the stops to bring more Marvel superheroes to the big screen.  Latino Review claims to have landed an exclusive, with four different trusted sources vouching on behalf of the information, that a “Black Panther” film is slated for a 2014 release after “Captain America 2″ hits theaters. The “Black Panther” is a  legendary character in the Marvel Universe and has the distinction of being the first black superhero to appear in mainstream American comics.

Black Panther’s home country of Wakanda was shown on the map in “Iron Man 2.” Also, Captain America’s shield is made of the meteoric ore Vibranium, which comes from Wakanda. Black Panther joined The Avengers in issue #52, and would most likely appear in “The Avengers” movie sequel. At one point, Wesley Snipes was attached to star in the film, but Marvel got the rights back to the character in 2005.

Here’s the Wikipedia description of the character:

“The title “Black Panther” is a rank of office, chieftain of the Wakandan Panther Clan. As chieftain, the Panther is entitled to eat a special heart-shaped herb, as well as his mystical connection with the Wakandan Panther God, that grants him superhumanly acute senses and increases his strength, speed, stamina, and agility to the peak of human development. He has since lost this connection and forged a new one with another unknown Panther deity, granting him augmented physical attributes as well as a resistance to magic. His senses are so powerful that he can pick up a prey’s scent and memorize tens of thousands of individual ones. T’Challa is a rigorously trained gymnast and acrobat, showing mastery in various African martial arts as well as contemporary ones and fighting styles that belong to no known disciplines.”

Last year, it was reported that Marvel hired writer Mark Bailey to pen the script.  Early news on the storyline has been rumored to be getting great reviews.

Stay tuned for more news as it breaks!

Sources: Latino Review, First Showing,, Wikipedia

About The Author

A native of Indiana, Namtar has been writing for Nuke the Fridge since 2008. He enjoys movies and working in the entertainment industry. He moonlights as an educator, is an ordained minister and one day aspires to have one or more of his writings published and made into a film. He would also love to land a cameo appearance on one or more of his favorite television shows or films.

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  • SVS

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  • Elizerhigh

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    • Random Bystander

      yes they are all black superheroes, but they arent ”
      the first black superhero to appear in mainstream American comics.” next time read the article before making an arse of yourself

      • Isacc Newton

        If you really want to be technical “Luke Cage” was the first black superhero to appear in American comics, and I read the article, so do a little research before you judge someone else, or end up looking like an arse yourself.

        • Jack Kirby

           Isaac, you’re incorrect. The Black Panther appeared almost a a decade before Luke Cage appeared in Marvel comics in 1972. So ‘arse’ that and do some research yourself.

          • Theomega1ne

             Although this is an interesting topic, I wanted to correct you both.
            Black Panther did in fact pre-date Luke Cage in the comics, but he was not the first.  Gabriel Jones from Sgt. Fury’s Howling Commandos made his first appearance in 1963, 3 years before Black Panther. They are both Marvel comic characters by the way. 

          • Theomega1ne

             One may argue that he is not a superhero but a soldier, Captain America is a soldier as well (with powers granted). Well then Hawkeye is also a soldier (with no powers). These characters are deemed superheroes, by their day to day actions and not under the framing of enhanced abilities.

        • James N Smith

          Actually Cage might be the first black superhero to have his own title. The Panther was created by in the sixties and first appeared in the Fantastic Four. Luke didnt appear until the 70’s. (Don’t know when the Falcon first appeared in Captain America, but it’s pretty close as that was in the 70’s also.

  • Smai

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