For all the problems regarding last year’s Fantastic Four, I thought the film’s cast or their performances weren’t the problem. It was unfortunate experiment for everyone involved that ended in disaster, especially for Michael B. Jordan. I still remember reading all those negative comments about casting a “black Johnny Storm”, and yet Jordan gave an exceptional performance.
Since that film released and flopped at the box office, I thought Jordan’s days in the superhero genre were done, which would’ve been unfortunate considering his potential to star and lead a film. For all we know, he might have lost interest in ever coming back, either to reprise his role as Johnny Storm or play a different character. Then again, an actor can’t say the word “never”, especially when the role being pitched is is by one of the hottest directors today, and one of your closest friends.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Michael B. Jordan has officially signed on to co-star in Marvel’s upcoming Black Panther. The deal reunites him with director Ryan Coogler, which the two previously worked together on the critically-acclaimed films Fruitvale Station and Creed. No official word on what type of role Jordan will be playing, although the source notes it could be the film’s main antagonist.
Get me out this suit, Fox. I ain’t got all day, Marvel’s calling.
If there was one red flag about this casting, its that Marvel hasn’t exactly produced the strongest villains, especially in the solo character films. However, the idea of Coogler and Jordan working together again, gives me major confidence. Every time the two work together, the results are beyond exceptional. Also, the idea of Jordan playing a villain is something I’ve yet to see from the actor. So yes, we have an idea of what to expect from a Coogler/Jordan collaboration, but we also don’t.
In the end, this is another great casting by Marvel. They’ve been adding some major talent to their Phase Three films, with Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams) and Thor: Ragnarok (Mark Ruffalo, Cate Blanchett). Poor 20th Centruy Fox, losing another great Johnny Storm to the M.C.U.
Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, along with now Jordan and possibly Lupita Nyong’o.
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