Marvel’s Black Panther character is an icon for so many, and so many have wanted to see the character appear on the big screen over the years. Sadly, that has yet to happen. Well Djimon Hounsou has recently spoken to the press about his desire to take on the iconic King of Wakanda. Whilst Hounsou most definitely has the chops fall it – just watch Blood Diamond – he’s already set to be involved in the Marvel cinematic world, playing the villainous Korath the Pursuer in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Still, that doesn’t seem to concern the actor.
When asked which Marvel character he’d like to play, the Hounsou said, “It would be an honour to be T’Challa. It would have to be done right, given the history of that character and that comic. I have a foot in the Marvel comics world now, so we’ll see where they’re going to take that. I never read any comic books when I was younger, I just remember one of my friends in Africa at a very young age used to carry these animated booklets with him – those were comics books, and he was passionate about them.”
To tie this together, Hounsou previously voiced the character in the short-ran Black Panther animated series. The actor won a whole heap of praise for his work on that show, so I’m sure he’d be more than up to scratch.
Whether a Black Panther film actually happens, nobody knows right now. The likes of Hounsou and, previously, Morris Chestnut have talked about their love, and there’s a lot of fans that are waiting to see that character on the screen, be it on his own or as part of an Avengers film. Plus, let’s face it, the Marvel world is a little short when it comes to multi-cultural/multi-national heroes. So far, we’ve only really had Wesley Snipes Blade way back in the day.
Here’s hoping T’Challa gets some lovin’ somewhere down the line. Hell, he could even be used to bring the varying franchises of The Avengers and X-Men together at some point! After all, he’s a member of The Avengers who is also married to Storm at one point.
Simply put, Hounsou would be perfect.