A report surfaced Wednesday, May 23, via metro.co.uk that Donald Glover and Michael B. Jordan were in consideration by director Ryan Coogler to portray the villains in an upcoming Black Panther sequel.
Metro says one of its sources said: “Ryan Coogler is currently mapping out Black Panther’s sequel and has written in a number of new characters that movie-goers will be introduced to when it premieres. One of those characters, if he gets his wish, will be played by Childish Gambino. Nothing is set in stone but ‘informal talks’ (are happening) between Ryan, Gambino and reps from Marvel and Disney to see if they can make it happen. They’re still yet to decide if Michael B. Jordan will return in some capacity but if he doesn’t it’s likely Gambino may play some kind of villain.”
Not so fast, says one insider. Umberto Gonzalez, a film reporter for The Wrap and the founder and editor-in-chief of Heroic Hollywood says:
“No truth whatsoever” to that Metro Uk story about Black Panther 2/Donald Glover, Michael B Jordan rumor…
— Umberto Gonzalez (@elmayimbe) May 23, 2018
Jordan appearing in a sequel (or at least another film in the Black Panther series) makes sense, but the rumor of a meeting with Glover having a role associated with Black Panther was a bit absurd anyway.
Why? Because Donald Glover already portrays a character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)!
He appears in Spider-Man: Homecoming as Aaron Davis. The villainous character is a criminal based on the Ultimate Marvel story arc (which is the basis for Davis in Homecoming) and the uncle of Miles Morales. Glover’s appearance in the film sets up the door for Morales to appear in the MCU.
So, while it wouldn’t be out of the question to have Glover appear in the same universe as a different character, that doesn’t seem like something Marvel would do.
While a sequel hasn’t been officially announced, Marvel president Kevin Feige said that a sequel was definitely going to occur and would film whenever Coogler wanted it to.