If the former Boyz N' Da Hood star isn't involved in an unrevealed cinematic Black Panther project, then he obviously wants people to think he is.
Morris Chestnut is an undeniable talent but has failed to crack through the gates of mainstream Hollywood or become a household name. But according to the source himself, Chestnut is rumored to be tapped to star as T'Challa the King of Wakanda in Marvel Comics' Black Panther film. Hol' up, though, that movie doesn't exist at all, and Chestnut hasn't been offered the role of Black Panther. But the next phase of Marvel entertainment promises appearances from Ant-Man, Dr. Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy will all receive the silver screen treatment.
When you combine these rumors with recent tweets published by Chestnut, things start to look interesting. "It's time to get familiar with the Black Panther character!" Chestnut wrote alongside an image of a Black Panther comic book. Later Chestnut would clarify his tweet with another. "Not final. #BlackPanther may be in #Avengers2 first. RT @Jamaal91604133: @Morris_Chestnut Can't wait to see this movie. #BlackPanther," he wrote in the pidgin Twitter-speak we've all become too familiar with.
With Chestnut publicly pointing out that he's researching the role and reading up on Black Panther's history, it is interesting to note that no one working on the Phase 3 initiative commented on his tweets. Next, he states that Black Panther may make an appearance in The Avengers 2, which could be pure speculation on his part, but seems unexpectedly knowledgeable for someone who isn't involved with Marvel Studios' plans for the character.
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