Marvel’s Hall H panel at SDCC was all sorts of fantastic. Not only did it bring us plenty of news regarding Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it also delivered the official confirmation of a few MCU newbies, including Michael B. Jordan, who’s casting was first reported in May by The Hollywood Reporter. Jordan, who will be playing Eric Killmonger, joins Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/Black Panther), Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia), and Danai Gurira (Okoye) in what is arguably one of Marvel’s best casts so far.
However, as great as the cast is shaping up to be, the actors involved are unable to reveal too much information regarding their roles as the script isn’t finished just yet. (Before anyone panics, production doesn’t kick off until January.) Still, Jordan, who has worked with Black Panther director Ryan Coogler twice already (Creed, Fruitvale Station), has full faith in his director and isn’t worried about the lack of a final script just yet.
“I haven’t even actually seen the script yet,” Michael B. Jordan – who plays villain Erik Killmonger in the film – said but he wasn’t worried. “When you’ve got a director [like Ryan Coogler] who you trust completely, you know you’re in good hands. I’d been wanting to play a villain for a while, it seemed about time, and this is the right place to do it,” with the extra bonus of being able to do so against a talented actor like Chadwick Boseman. “I’m excited more than anything else. I can’t wait to do it.”
Of course, this isn’t Jordan’s first venture into the super hero genre. The actor previously appeared in Fox’s latest (failed) attempt at kicking off a new Fantastic Four franchise. That film ended up being panned by fans and critics alike. So this time, being in an official Marvel Studios product, is a welcome change for Jordan. He’s ready to jump in and bring the character to life under the direction of Coogler.
Black Panther is set to hit movie theaters on February 2nd, 2018.