There's a hell of a lot to be said about Marvel's Black Panther, and a hell of a lot to take from it. Ever since Chadwick Boseman debuted the character to roaring applause in Captain America: Civil War last year, fans old and new alike have been waiting patiently for his return to the big screen in his solo vehicle.
It's not due to release until next year, but that hasn't stopped a whole lot of excitement building around it. #BlackPanther is also en route to confirming a complete cast, with Creed director Ryan Coogler on a mission to assemble the most impressive roster that Marvel has ever put together.
Boseman returns in the titular role alongside Martin Freeman's Everett K. Ross, who also made his debut in #CivilWar, albeit in a reduced capacity. Florence Kasumba also reprises her role from Civil War as Ayo (who you may remember as the badass Dora Milaje member who challenged Black Widow), and Andy Serkis's Ulysses Klaue from Avengers: Age of Ultron is also expected to appear.
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And then the heavyweights started piling in. Rogue One's Forest Whitaker, Creed's Michael B. Jordan, The Walking Dead's Danai Gurira, 12 Years A Slave's Lupita Nyong'o, American Horror Story's Angela Bassett, Sicario's Daniel Kaluuya, Humans's Letitia Wright and Person of Interest's Winston Duke. Phew! That's a hell of a lot of talent to fit into one sentence.
And the Black Panther pool just got a little larger today, with the next cast member confirmed by #Marvel. And he's just as impressive as the rest. Say hello to Sterling K. Brown.
You may remember Brown from his role as lawyer Christopher Darden in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, for which he won an Emmy and was nominated for a Golden Globe. He's also garnered critical attention for his roles in Army Wives and NBC's This Is Us, and appears this year alongside Boseman in Marshall, a biographical thriller about Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice.
In Black Panther he'll be portraying N'Jobu, whom Marvel have described as "a figure from T'Challa a.k.a. Black Panther's past." While there's no outstanding Black Panther comic book characters with that name, it's possible that N'Jobu could be a figure connected to T'Challa's father T'Chaka (John Kani) who bit the dust as a victim of Baron Zemo's (Daniel Brühl) plot in Civil War. Perhaps someone along the lines of T'Challa's uncle and former Black Panther S'yan, or his adopted brother Hunter the White Wolf (albeit a non-caucasian version of Hunter).
Doubtless more plot details will be revealed once filming starts on the blockbuster. For now we've already gotten a pretty good idea of what we'll be seeing in Black Panther thanks to Lupita Nyong'o, who gave us a very sneaky and very telling preview last summer, speaking during an interview with Marvel.com:
"The story of this Black Panther is – what am I allowed to say? – The story is that the Black Panther’s leadership is really threatened by two foes who come together, and so Black Panther gets the help of the C.I.A. and the Dora Milaje to try and defeat the enemy."
This brings a lot into the mix, from Michael B. Jordan's dangerous antagonist Eric Killmonger to the return of the one-handed Ulysses Klaue, to C.I.A. liaison Everett K. Ross and the force of the Dora Milaje — it's going to be a lot for T'Challa to juggle when he returns next year. Better sharpen those vibranium claws Black Panther, you're going to need them.
Who else do you want to join the Black Panther cast? Have your say in the comments, and check out how Black Panther was introduced to the MCU in the Civil War Behind The Scenes video below!
(Source: Marvel Studios (via Twitter))