EDITORIAL: BLACK PANTHER Is Perfect Just The Way He Is...With A Few Minor Changes.

EDITORIAL: BLACK PANTHER Is Perfect Just The Way He Is...With A Few Minor Changes.

Some changes need to be made to update all Marvel Characters to the MCU, but in the case of the Black Panther so few alterations are needed. Read on for what I think could do with being updated, and what I think would be fine as it is.

The first article I read about the Black Panther on this website was about how to make Black Panther work in the Marvel Universe. And then proceded to create a film that has nothing to do with the Black Panther. 

Now I agree that changes have to be made to update all of these origin stories but the Black Panther and Wakanda are even more true to form now than they were. On the surface the black panther is a story about ancient cults, a mystical secret nation, and kings that are decided through combat. The thing is you don't have to get rid of too much of that to keep the essence of Wakanda.

What it could be about is the assassination of the true leader of a nation by an imperialist power to steal that reclusive nation's resources. The true successor is over seas, living under an assumed identity getting a post graduate degree and working at the UN and discovers his nation has been siezed by a military Junta. The film is about Assassination attempts on his life, the true nature of the assassination, T'Challa earning his crown, defeating and introducing important Wakandan's. The film could be used to introduce Roxxon Oil as a pawn of Hydra, and it could also be used to tie Captain America to the new Netflix TV shows and the greater Marvel Universe with T'Challa living and working in New York possibly training with Danny Rand and Matt Murdoch at the same gym. 

At the same time it could be a deeper political message about the first world's manipulation of the earth's resources, indigenous cultures, and the political tensions in Africa as well as our own racial issues in the US. Imagine a news real descirbing "New Military leader S'Yan calling himself the black panther, has issued a brutal regime in the small reclusive nation of Wakanda." Picture of a man in Berret and black glasses with tons of armed guards, one being crazy huge.

A CIA operative maybe Misty Knight or Agent 13 (Sharon Carter) Asking T'Challa "Why would Roxxon oil assassinate your father and attempt to kill you? There has to be oil in other nations?" "There is no oil in Wakanda, what they want is much more rare, and much more dangerous"

You could even set up a sequel about an attempted coup related to religious freedom, persecution, and ethnic differences by introducing the Erik Killmonger and Baron Macabre as leaders of one of the various tribes that T'Challa must defeat. 

Obviously, on the surface it would appear to be a Lion King like story, The uncle killing the father to take power, but in the end reveal that T'Challa, and T'Chan are actually being manipulated through threats by Hydra and Roxxon and their allies, Jakarra and the Jabari Clan.

In the end T'Challa could earn his thrown defeat Hydra and Roxxon, and protect the Vibranium for all time, but also create a democracy, limiting his power and returning to New York. Explaining why the leader of a country can travel the whole world. He could give a speech about how now the people of Wakanda were free for all time.

And then Alexander Lukin with the Assassin that killed T'Chaka sitting in a room watching a TV screen saying "We'll see about that" (Lukin is the Red Skull but save that reveal for Captain America 3, and the Assassin is Klaw but would have a very small role in the first film setting up a great sequel possibly a trilogy)

The Film could also be a great vehicle to introduce Amazing African actors. S'Yan could be Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 years a slave) Erik Killmonger, who would be called N'Jadaka because he'd be in Wakanda, could be played by Adewala Akinnouye-Agbaje (Lost) , Dayo Okeniyi could play T'Chan, Nonso Anozie would be perfect for the usurper and brother of T'Challa, Jakkara. And Of course Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa. M'Baku because he is supposed to be so huge could be played by a professional fighter like Jon Jones or Cheik Kongo, because he's not supposed to be a really deep character and used as mostly muscle this would fit like having GSP in the cameo in TWS.

I think this type of move described, is not only Marvel's style but it works with the MCU. And it's pretty much spot on with the original origin story.  So please We don't need to change the origin that much it still would fit with the MCU and still be a great film it needs to do what Iron Man, TWS did by tapping into real world issues (First world exploitation, Violent African regimes, New Revolutions in Africa) but in a fantastic way. And the Black Panther doesn't really have powers it's easy. It should be pitched as the Marvel Universe+ Last King of Scotland meets the Lion King and Batman. 
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Pasto - 4/16/2014, 9:23 AM
This isn't news you dingle-berry.
Gusto - 4/16/2014, 9:23 AM
They should make him white and from
rural Conneticut.
DrDoom - 4/16/2014, 9:23 AM

Too bad it's not news . . . .
SuperCat - 4/16/2014, 9:32 AM
SuperCat - 4/16/2014, 9:34 AM
Gusto - 4/16/2014, 9:35 AM
Starfox - 4/16/2014, 9:41 AM
LEOSTRATOR - 4/16/2014, 9:43 AM
They will never make this movie.
Nomis - 4/16/2014, 9:57 AM
How about an updated Brown Hornet movie.

TheGreenBastard - 4/16/2014, 10:03 AM
Make him white, and played by Benedict Cumberbatch.
Trickwil - 4/16/2014, 10:43 AM
Sorry it was listed as new I changed it to editorial this is my first thing on this website so please bare with me.
Archangel82 - 4/16/2014, 10:52 AM
Great article very nice write up. I couldn't have agreed or said it better myself. Marvel would be very wise if they made a Panther film in line with your movie summary guideline. I really do believe that Marvel won't change to much of the Panthers origins because his story would make an excellent political thriller, filled with great action and even greater tie ins to the MCU. I know he has been discussed a lot on this site and I do believe Marvel is close to making a Black Panther movie.
Klone - 4/16/2014, 11:19 AM

Klone - 4/16/2014, 11:19 AM
Benedict Cumberbatch is the new Michael Fassbender... everyone fancasts him in everything...
Trickwil - 4/16/2014, 11:26 AM
@yossarian- I think about as much if not less than Captain America. And all of his characters work in the MCU with just a few minor changes.
DrDoom - 4/16/2014, 12:17 PM

Wolf38 - 4/16/2014, 12:42 PM
Nice write-up. Not knowing too terribly much about Black Panther myself, this makes me more interested in seeing such a film than anything else I have read. Cool stuff.
tvor03 - 4/16/2014, 12:52 PM
I think a lot of this would work in a Black Panther movie. The biggest obstacle is updating Wakanda into something that's not bushmen driving hovercraft. I'd make Wakanda a small, extremely wealthy country that has avoided Africa's history of slavery, exploitation, and civil war all due to leadership of the Black Panther lineage. The city needs to look like Dubai, very modern and advanced while it's still common to see citizens walking around in dashikis.

Also, this movie would a great opportunity to include Hawkeye in a similar role as BW in IronMan 2. Have him undercover trying to figure out the motives and character of the young new ruler, and then he has to help T'Challa bring down an attempted coup.
DrRockit13 - 4/16/2014, 12:57 PM
What if Warner Brothers had Jon Jones play J'onn J'onzz
Trickwil - 4/16/2014, 1:01 PM
I think making Wakanda your standard African nation but having avoided the political issues in the past because of the black panther lineage, and later revealing using Vibranium weapons to fight off slavers. In the news footage they can explain that Wakanda is one of a few African nations to not have a history of violent coups, slavery and imperialism but it's a mystery as to why. Having a semi modern city they can use Dubai, South Africa, and Nairobi for filming locations. I also think Black Panther living a normal existence in New York under a false name would allow this to tie into the Netflix series.
TheOverlord - 4/16/2014, 1:10 PM
Nice write-up. I'm growing impatient for my Black Panther movie!
knocturnalzen10 - 4/16/2014, 1:13 PM
destined to be main , an marvel does a horrible job with panther comics wise IMO
CorndogBurglar - 4/16/2014, 1:29 PM
So the Brown Hornet is an amputee? Where are his legs? He should be called the Brown Stump.
CorndogBurglar - 4/16/2014, 1:33 PM


TheGreenBastard - 4/16/2014, 1:35 PM
Mak: obviously I'm kidding. I don't fan cast much, but I would love to see a Jedi Fassbender against a Sith Cumberbatch.
RamonSuarez - 4/16/2014, 1:43 PM
Inhuman - 4/16/2014, 1:52 PM
I love this article. Great points. All I know is that Klaw and Killmonger need to be the villains of this movie, and Klaw kills T'Chaka and T'Challa wants revenge and is a coming of age tale of him accepting his role as King of Wakanda
KIDDSOUL - 4/16/2014, 2:15 PM
I remember when the metal vibranium was first introduced in Captain America: The first Avenger. It was vaguely described as being the rarest metal on Earth by a young Howard Stark. Any other details about the metals history, I would imagine Howard Stark being one of the few people that knows about the hidden city of Wakanda. Fast forward to modern times, I think Tony Stark would discover his fathers secrets about vibranium.
cerrone6 - 4/16/2014, 2:32 PM
Besides marvel taking their time with black panther I not sure how he fits in the marvel movie universe at this time.Again my question is what would he stand for or fight for?
NoPhucksGiven - 4/16/2014, 2:40 PM
blacks get little love in the mcu. just face it.
Inhuman - 4/16/2014, 2:43 PM

Black Panther would be a standalone, same as Doctor Strange. What does Doctor Strange stand for or fight for? The heroes have no idea who the Sorcerer Supreme is. Black Panther has room in Phase 3

Phase 3
(2015) Ant-Man
(2016) Captain America 3
(2016) Black Panther
(2017) Doctor Strange
(2017) Thor 3
(2018) Avengers 3
KIDDSOUL - 4/16/2014, 2:45 PM
"Wakanda is one of a few African nations to not have a history of violent coups, slavery and imperialism"

"I'd make Wakanda a small, extremely wealthy country that has avoided Africa's history of slavery, exploitation, and civil war all due to leadership of the Black Panther lineage."

Well this is all great theorizing for a fictional movie but you must look at some African countries now. There are many places in modern Africa that is living in a democracy, peacefully and would be great places to visit or vacation. Those places could be a mirror of what Wakanda could be. Africa have many historical problems just as any other country. I just think most people have tunnel vision when they try to describe a vast place like Africa.
KIDDSOUL - 4/16/2014, 2:56 PM
@Trickwil and tvor03 : I agree with you both. :)
HubisKhan - 4/16/2014, 4:52 PM
The best way to make a Black Panther movie is to rename the character. I don't see Marvel and Disney investing all types of money on a character that has a name association with a group that most Americans has a strong distaste for. I would love to see a Black Panther Movie, but the socio-political liability would be to great for a studio to move forward with a project.

I'm hope that I'm wrong.
Dunejedi - 4/16/2014, 5:20 PM
Great editorial, dude. SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!!!!
BuckyCap - 4/16/2014, 5:47 PM
It would make more sense if he was from South America. Wakanda is an advanced hermit nation that managed to keep itself hidden from the rest of the world due to a combination of its technology and the natural cover of the rain forest. The nation's fear of outsiders is due to explorers, conquistadors, etc. that decimated many indigenous cultures during times of colonization, specifically in pursuit of precious metals and resources.

This would help explain why their culture, customs and clothing style has remained so in-tact. There are still un-contacted and undiscovered tribes in South America simply due to the dense foliage. Imagine how difficult it would be to find people who don't want to be found.

Also, many Mesoamerican cultures (Mayans, Aztecs, etc.) had sounds and pronunciation within their language that is extremely similar to that of the fictional Wakanda. This means names wouldn't need to be changed, in addition to ethnicity, for plausibility.

King T'Chaka Udaku: Danny Trejo

S'yan Udaku: John Leguizamo

T'Challa Udaku: Michael Peña
ThrotTheUnclean - 4/16/2014, 5:56 PM
I think BuckyCap has the best idea. Make him from South America. If Black Panther is not South American (which he obviously could be and still have the core of the character intact) than Jayden Smith should play T'Challa.
Snotzo - 4/16/2014, 6:49 PM
I like the idea of T'Challa not wanting much to his role as king, being in America partying. And then having to go back to Wakanda and reconnect to his land, people and culture. It gives a new dimension to T'Challa, before he becomes the serious Black Panther he turns into.
dethpillow - 4/16/2014, 6:49 PM
I used to think that the Black Panther needed a massive update, but I've been reading Priest's run of it. and that's really great stuff and at least as far as I've gotten, it's framed pretty cinematically in concept and also in story telling. seems like from when it came it out, it was looking a lot at Tarantino and stuff.

One thing, from one of your comments... I don't think it's a good idea to have Tchalla living in New York under an assumed name. I'm sure there's lots of decent ways to get to that situation, but I just don't like it. I like him being who he is, sneaking out for missions when he wants to, but not inventing some whole other person to pretend to be, or even to just use as a cover. it's distracting, i think. everything should be about Wakanda, even if Wakanda is not there. even if he's halfway across the world. and something about that rubs me the wrong way. i guess it depends on how it was carried out, for sure.

but pretty much, yeah, i don't think he needs a lot of updating. I think they should skip his origin tho. just even on the single hand, it's kind of a boring story that you already know what's gonna happen, i think it'd be aggravating to have to sit through, and it would probably try to be fake epic and fake meaningful. I'd rather see Black Panther just jump in, situation as is. whatever that is. and just not have to go thru all the painful gestures towards an origin story.

i really don't like origin stories tho, and i don't think most heroes really have much of a good one to spend much time on.
dethpillow - 4/16/2014, 7:03 PM
@Snotzo- i don't like that look at him, i can see kinda wanting something more to him, cuz he does come off kind of dull or just always going on and on about his country and all that junk. but for him to be some kind of party kid and then have an epiphany to be the true king he's supposed to be, i don't think that's very fitting for the character.

it's like a reaction to try and instill some kind of self-confliction where i don't think he needs to be conflicted. self-conflict is like the big thing, and it was part of what MOS got wrong, is trying to introduce self-conflict to Superman. Superman does have self-conflict, but it's subtle and it's not broody or alienated in any kind of way that has to do with others around him. Black Panther doesn't need self-conflict, he needs to have a movie that shows what his committment to Wakanda really means. and that could involve people misunderstanding him becuz he's doing what's actually right even tho it seems to be losing power or seems to be the wrong course to go. there's conflict there too. but we don't need everyone to have some kind of inner demon that needs to be conquered and we don't need everyone tormented or anything like that.

there are demons everywhere, even in the purest of places... u are vulnerable to demons. i don't think they should make any kind of conflict over his kingship an issue for the first movie. that would be a heavy enough issue to tackle in a sequel, once you've set up the situation, i think. i think for the first one, we need pure, unconflicted, Tchalla, King of Wakanda, Black Panther. make the conflict about his country and family doubting him and him proving right. he could question his judgement along the way and this would be a conflict too.

that's where i think the strength of the character lies. it might sound dull, but it's not when it's done in the right circumstance. check out Priest's run on Black Panther, it's turned me around him about him in a big way. i was more used to kinda earlier takes on him and that character is just a pain in the ass. he's dull, he's like a mule or a donkey, and he's always just mulling around one or two points and for no reason being able to kick the ass of other people who should be able to squash him like a bug. that's one of the things that's annoying and kind of embarrassing to a character is when writers rig fights in their favor. it happens a lot with Cap too. Hawkeye is used like that to a lesser degree, but they'll have Cap fight some ungodly horror of a villain and just out of pure unwillingness to lose, Cap has to win.

and that's embarrassing. show Cap getting his ass kicked. you know? show him fail. that's totally not dissing the character. his character is not about always winning. it's just about always not giving up. and Black Panther is often given this same patronizing treatment. as is Batman for god's sake. Batman to the level where it's not patronizing, it's just plain ridiculous.
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