Michael K. Williams is Campaigning to Play Black Panther

While doing press for his upcoming film Kill the Messenger, starring Jeremy Renner, Michael K. Williams of The Wire and Boardwalk Empire revealed that he had his eye on Black Panther although he hasn’t been approached by Marvel yet.

“Black Panther. Yeah, definitely…I grew up with it, but I’m more excited about the opportunity. I’m a little more old school. I was into Superman, Batman, Spider-Man. My three top favorites by far. And then you know Wonder Woman, Aquaman–you know that’s my world. That’s my childhood…I would definitely bring that quintessential New York City edge. You know, just a little bit of that grit.”

However, Marvel has yet to announce any Black Panther movie, though Marvel Comics’ legendary founder Stan Lee noted that the studio is working on one (via CBR):

“And the chances are she will have her own movie because eventually all the superheroes are going to have their own movies. They are already working on Ant-Man, Doctor Strange and the Black Panther, and there are others I am not allowed to talk about.”

Moreover, Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige has publicly mentioned this summer at Comic-Con, that both Black Panther and Captain Marvel movies are in active development (via What Culture):

“They’re both characters that we like, that development work is continuing to be done on. And certainly, it’s a question I get asked more than anything else. More than ‘Iron Man 4,’ more than ‘Avengers 3,’ and that’s sort of the first time that’s really happened to us, so I think that makes a difference. I think that’s something that we have to pay attention to. …I’ve always said we have our plan, and it’s served us very well. There hasn’t been anything that’s made us deviate or change from that based on an opinion, because opinions online change. They alter and they’re based on limited information they have to what’s going on behind the scenes. But in this particular case, I think it is a groundswell, and I think it means something substantial.”

As for Williams, he already had a short cameo in Marvel’s Incredible Hulk, but most people didn’t know it was him during the final climax of the film where Harlem gets broken. So if Marvel is now willing to cast him as the King of Wakanda, the 47-year-old Brooklyn native would need to seriously bulk up to play the role.

Actually, I’ll never get my dream of Idris Elba as Black Panther because he was already in MCU as Heimdal (in the Thor films). I personally believe that Marvel shot themselves in the foot regarding Elba. Another The Wire alum, Williams, is a solid pick though.