Black Panther was a worldwide phenomenon when it was released back in 2018. The late Chadwick Boseman’s performance as T’Challa made him forever an icon to many worldwide and made everyone remember the nation of Wakanda. In the film, he went up against Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger, whose right to the throne put the two on a collision course.
Killmonger has been touted as one of the best villains Marvel Studios has ever done. His fight against oppression spoke true to countless people.
Sadly, the end of his first appearance resulted in his untimely death. While it remains to be seen if fans will ever see him in the MCU again, especially given all the Multiverse shenanigans going around, fans have been keeping their hope alive, something the actor is aware of.
Recently while promoting his upcoming film A Journal for Jordan, the man behind Kilmonger talked about the MCU, but not in regards to himself—rather, for his director Denzel Washington instead.
Marvel Targets Denzel Washington?
In an interview with IMDB, Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan teased that he might know where Denzel Washington could get his next role.
When asked directly if he wanted his A Journal for Jordan co-star Denzel Washington to join the MCU, Jordan quickly said "yes," and made it clear that he "some ideas" for Washington's MCU introduction:
"Yes. No hesitation. Actually got some things in mind, but yeah. I would love that. But I think I got some ideas for that, yeah. That would be cool."
In response, Washington joked for the actor to "concentrate on one thing," to which Jordan responded that he'll have to finish Creed 3 before "[his] mind can wander on other creative things."
Who Does Jordan Have in Mind?
Denzel Washington is a legendary actor, so it seems to be only a matter of time before Marvel gets to him. With Michael B. Jordan behind any efforts on that front, however, it may happen sooner rather than later.
But who would he play? Well, many people see him as an excellent choice for Magneto. The famous mutant will hit the big screen once again at some point, and Washington could be a great choice—it just depends on if Marvel Studios is going with an older or younger version of the character.
Another choice could be Adam Brashear, also known as Blue Marvel. The character was the result of Negative Zone experimentation and has the ability to manipulate anti-matter—although, he dated Monica Rambeau (played by Teyonah Parris) in the comics, so the big age difference could get in the way. That said, it wouldn't be the first time they've significantly aged a big superhero for the MCU.
The character was also once a part of the cosmic superhero team The Ultimates, which includes Captain Marvel amongst their ranks. With a movie coming up starring Carol Danvers, aptly titled The Marvels, maybe Blue Marvel is coming sooner than fans think.
If Jordan's ideas are connected to the Black Panther franchise, then maybe Washington could be a former Black Panther far from in the past—or future; maybe even another universe.
As for Jordan himself, his next superhero project is a Val-Zod Superman movie that he is executive producing. The possibility of him returning to the MCU also isn’t entirely out of the question; the Ancestral Plane wasn’t introduced for nothing.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever releases on November 11, and The Marvels touches down on February 17, 2023.