The Marvel cinematic universe is expanding rapidly. Nick Fury and company are always on the lookout for new heroes to aid SHIELD and The Avengers in their plight to defend the Earth from villains and their diabolical schemes – not to mention the fact that every Tom, Dick and Harry seems to have their own spin-off in the works.

Phases 2 and 3 of the project look to be even more exciting than the excellent series of on-screen events that culminated in the epic Avengers Assemble, with the likes of Ant-Man, Doctor Strange and the Guardians of the Galaxy set to appear as forces of good. A less-talked about (but still highly anticipated) addition to the MCU is one Black Panther.

Ever since a map depicting the whereabouts of known superhumans was shown in Iron Man 2 (with a ‘hot spot’ in Africa later being confirmed as Wakanda by Jon Favreau), and ever since Captain America’s vibranium shield was first seen on screen (Wakanda being where vibranium is predominantly found), Black Panther’s appearance has been all but inevitable.

Still, nothing is confirmed and there is no date set for a Black Panther movie, but who should Marvel be considering to play the Wakandan hero when the time comes? Let’s take a look at some possible options…

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This article was first posted on February 15, 2013