There is a tradition, it seems, that actors who play The Human Torch in “Fantastic 4” will eventually join the Marvel Cinematics Universe (MCU) just like Chris Evans and Michael B. Jordan.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel recently cast Jordan in the upcoming solo “Black Panther” film. Jordan’s previous stint in the world of Marvel comic adaptations was the role of Johnny Storm/The Human Torch in last year’s universally panned “Fantastic Four” reboot.
Jordan marks the second time a Human Torch actor has joined the MCU, the first actor to do so was Captain America himself, Chris Evans. Evans previously played The Human Torch back in Fox’s previous run of the “Fantastic Four” film franchise.
Despite belonging to the same source material, Marvel comic books, the rights to any “Fantastic Four” film adaptations belong to Fox. As such, silver screen adaptations remain separate from the MCU.
Planned for some time in 2018, “Black Panther” will star Chadwick Boseman in the titular role of Black Panther/T’Challa, the king and protector of the African nation of Wakanda.
Aside from being cast, there are no further details about Jordan’s involvement in “Black Panther” like what character or role he will have. Sources suggest that Jordan might end up playing a villain, although there is no official word yet.
Alongside Boseman and Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o will also star in the film provided talks between Marvel and her follow through. Nyong’o is rumored for a lead role in the film, with speculations suggesting that she will play T’Challa’s love interest.
This marks the third time that Jordan will be working with “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler, with the first time being 2013’s independent drama “Fruitvale Station” and the second one being “Creed.”
Currently in pre-production, “Black Panther” has no specific release date as of yet.