Michael B. Jordan to join the cast of Marvel's Black Panther

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May 13, 2016

The increasingly awesome-looking Black Panther movie just got a little more awesome.

That's because it's being reported that Michael B. Jordan is going to join the cast of the film, which already includes Chadwick Boseman in the title role and possibly Lupita Nyong’o as the Panther's love interest. 

Jordan's role is yet to be revealed, but a source has told the Hollywood Reporter that he could be working alongside Andy Serkis' Ulysses Klaue as a villain. Could he be playing N'Jadaka, also known as Erik Killmonger, whose family was pressed into service by Klaue/Klaw in the comics? Or perhaps he will be M'Baku, leader of the rival Jabari Tribe, who wants to usurp the Black Panther's crown (and goes by the unfortunate name Man-Ape)?

The news is pretty much a no-brainer: Jordan is sort of to director Ryan Coogler what De Niro once was to Scorsese, and Black Panther will mark their third collaboration after their powerful 2013 breakthrough Fruitvale Station and last year's excellent Creed.

What adds another level of intrigue to this is that Jordan, who played Johnny Storm in last year's disastrous Fox reboot of Fantastic Four, is following in the footsteps of the previous Human Torch, Chris Evans, and defecting from 20th Century Fox's stable of Marvel players to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

That probably means that 1) Jordan is finished with the Fantastic Four and will not be back for any Fox sequel, and 2) if the Four ever return to the MCU, it will be certainly be with a different Torch and most likely with a completely new quartet of actors (see our thoughts on that here).

In the meantime, however, Black Panther is shaping up to be something special. With Boseman already nailing the role perfectly in Captain America: Civil War, watching him in his own movie alongside the supremely talented Jordan and Nyong’o, under the direction of the impressive Coogler, can't come soon enough -- and won't, since the movie doesn't arrive until February 2018.

Share your thoughts below about Jordan joining Black Panther and who you think he might play.

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