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Collectively, Marvel's Phase 1 and Phase 2 films have sort of functioned like an accordion. Phase 1 slowly pushed all the tentpole heroes toward a teamup in 'The Avengers,' and Phase 2 spread them back out into individual solo adventures. Phase 3 on the other hand, looks to be Marvel's proving ground for characters who have not yet received the big screen treatment. This is where projects like Doctor Strange and Ant-Man are scheduled, despite the fact that Marvel also included Ant-Man footage in its massive Phase 2 sneak peek. Another name that has been batted about in discussions of this nature is The Black Panther. Rumors followed, centering on both the odds of Panther's appearing in 'Avengers 2' and which actor might land the gig. Well you can now add another prospect into the mix. Morris Chestnut ('Boyz n the Hood,' 'The Call') posted something rather provocative on his Facebook account. He not only posted a picture of the superhero/African prince, but also a caption that read, "It's time to get familiar with the Black Panther character!" No confirmation has yet been offered by the studio.
It is of course entirely possible, highly likely even, that Chestnut's comments do not represent an official offer by Marvel to play this character. Perhaps he was just vetting audience reactions, or maybe he was even asked to screen test, but neither would suggest he is definitely playing Black Panther. Heck, he could've just been expressing his own personal interest in the character with a movie supposedly in the works. His Facebook post has since been removed, but it's hard to say if that's evidence for or against its validity. Putting all of this uncertainty aside, allow us to play devil's advocate for a moment. Would Morris Chestnut make an ideal Black Panther? Perhaps. He's definitely got acting chops and the right psychical presence. If I'm being totally honest, my first choice would be an actor who also had a martial arts background, like say Michael Jai White, but really almost any actor can be trained to the point that their on screen fights prove convincing. Of course, as with many of these superhero projects, a great deal of the success of a Black Panther movie would depend on its director. Until we have both a star and a director firmly in place, it's hard to know whether or not we should be enthusiastic.
What do you guys think? Is Morris Chestnut a suitable choice for Black Panther? Do you think Marvel will get the film together for Phase 3?
Source: Latino Review