My God, but has Marvel been slaying it lately with the decisions around Black Panther. Yesterday came the news that Lupita Nyong’o had joined the cast. Today, THR is reporting that Michael B. Jordan has inked a deal to star in the film, as well. This will be the third time that Jordan and director Ryan Coogler have teamed up for a film, and their previous two films, Fruitvale Station and Creed, were fantastic – hopefully, they’ll be able to recapture that magic with Black Panther. While Marvel has yet to comment, a source told the outlet that Jordan could be changing it up and playing a villain this time. Jordan was last seen in last year’s Creed, which was a critical and commercial success, with Jordan earning a bit of awards season buzz for his portrayal of Adonis Johnson alongside Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Balboa.
While this won’t be the first Marvel character Jordan has played – he was, after all, a part of the ill-fated Fantastic Four reboot from Fox last year – this will be the first Marvel Studios film he’s been in. It’s a safe bet that this will be the Marvel film the talented actor deserves.
Along with Nyong’o, Jordan joins an already insanely talented cast that includes Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue and, of course, Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther himself. Black Panther is scheduled for release on February 16th, 2018.