Black Panther is easily one of the best superheroes Marvel has to offer. Not only is he rich and a ferocious fighter, but he is also a king. T'Challa brings a unique theme to the Marvel Universe, both in the comics and in the movie.
Because he is such a terrific character, many actors would have done almost anything to play him. In fact, Chadwick Boseman himself [who was chosen to play the Wakandan king] nearly flipped out when he got the call from Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige asking him to play the part.
Though T'Challa's first on screen appearance was earlier this year in Captain America: Civil War, Marvel had been looking for a place to stick the character in for many years before this. With every attempt to introduce Black Panther, Marvel came up with a new name of an actor to play the character.
Although plans to include T'Challa earlier fell through, Marvel still decided they wanted these terrific actors on board anyways, even if they weren't playing T'Challa. Three of these actors have actually played rather significant roles in some of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's most prominent movies.
Here are three Marvel actors who were nearly cast as Black Panther before ultimately being given a different role...
1. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Adewale, an actor from London, was one of the first actors considered to play Black Panther. However, when these plans fell through, they decided to cast him is Kurse in Thor: The Dark World.
Adewale is actually a great actor, and I feel that giving him such a small role was quite a waste. Even though Kurse was a pretty badass character to behold on screen, I'm sure they could have found a better use of the actor's talents. But, he got to "kill" Loki, so that's pretty cool.
2. Djimon Hounso
Djimon, an actor from West Africa, was yet another actor who was considered for the role of Black Panther. Instead, he was cast as Korath in Guardians of the Galaxy. For those who don't remember, he was the character who exclaimed, "Who?" after Peter Quill revealed himself as Star Lord.
Though he also would have been great as King T'Challa, he did get a decent amount of screen time in Guardians of the Galaxy, even though he had a small role. It's unfortunate that he is not returning for the sequel, but considering that his character most likely died, it is not that shocking.
3. Anthony Mackie
When the Hurt Locker actor first got the call from Marvel, he was hoping it was for Black Panther. Unfortunately, this was after they considered him to play T'Challa and after they cut the part. Instead, they cast Mackie as Sam Wilson, a.k.a. Falcon, in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. If you ask me, that's probably a much better choice anyways.
Mackie did admit that he did feel let down when he learned he would not be playing Black Panther, but it seems as though he is content with his role. On and off camera, Mackie has fully embraced Falcon and has played him in four Marvel movies thus far. I love Mackie's Falcon and I can't wait to see more of him in the future.
As great as these three actors are, I personally agree that Chadwick Boseman was the right man for the job. After seeing him in Civil War, I am very excited to see Boseman return as T'Challa in the Black Panther solo movie in 2018. I do like these actors very much, but Boseman is the true Black Panther, and the other actors managed to fit into their own parts rather well.