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“Black Panther” Film “To Be or Not To Be?”

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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, 411mania.com, Wikipedia