Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ Supposedly Wants Ernie Hudson For King T’Chaka
Although the Black Panther movie isn’t slated to hit theaters until July 6, 2018, the character will make his first appearance in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War, where he will be played by Chadwick Boseman. And it looks like we may get a glimpse at some of the African superhero’s family as well. New internet buzz suggests that Ernie Hudson may take on the role of Black Panther’s father, King T‘Chaka.
The rumor comes to us via the generally reliable folks at Latino Review, so there’s probably a nugget of truth in this. According to one of their sources, Hudson has been working out and buying back issues of Black Panther comics, which sounds like the Ghostbusters and Oz star either really wants the part of Wakanda’s fearless leader or he already has it.
Hudson may not have the star power of Denzel Washington, the guy everyone has already fan-cast in this part, but he fits the Marvel mold perfectly. He’s a recognizable, geek-friendly face. He’s a really good actor. Most importantly, he’s not going to demand a massive payday for what is going to be a small but important role in this corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Since we know that the highly advanced nation of Wakanda and the longtime Black Panther villain Ulysses Klaw (Andy Serkis) will be introduced in Avengers: Age of Ultron, it would make sense to give us our first glimpse of King T‘Chaka in Captain America: Civil War. And this is where we have to delve into some potential spoiler territory, so skip the next paragraph is you don’t want to discuss some Marvel comics canon.
In the comics, King T‘Chaka is murdered by Klaw during an attempt to steal Wakanda’s precious vibranium (the source of the nation’s wealth and power). His death allows the mantle of Black Panther to be passed onto his son T’Challa, who already has a pre-built arch-nemesis in Klaw. If Boseman’s T’Challa is already wearing the Black Panther garb in Civil War, does that mean his father is already dead? If so, that means Hudson will signing up to play the character in flashbacks. However, it wouldn’t surprise us if the MCU reconfigures things a bit and saves his tragic/heroic death for the actual Black Panther movie.
In any case, Black Panther seems like a much better use of Hudson’s time and talents than that Ghostbusters sequel that he tried to will into existence for so long. Let’s wait and see what happens next.