The Rise Of The Black Panther

Problem – you have a Marvel comic superhero character and want to put him into a feature, but can’t justify the expense of a stand-alone franchise.

Solution – shove him into a “Fantastic Four” sequel. Talking with The Los Angeles Times, Director Tim Story revealed his motivations for the upcoming sequel “Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer” – and in doing so hinted at bringing in another character in a future sequel that has been struggling (and failing so far) to get a film of his own.

“I’ve got to tell you, to get the ‘Fantastic Four’ and turn it into a franchise, the first thing I thought was, ‘Will I get the Silver Surfer’? Or someone like [the superhero] Black Panther, who was introduced in their book, get Djimon Hounsou and go do it?’ But there are so many other great villains and stories – I feel like I hit the jackpot” says Story.

The Black Panther was the first modern African-American superhero. Created in 1966, he uses a heart-shaped herb that grants the person who consumes it enhanced strength, agility, and perception.