Fans seem eager to see Regé-Jean Page join the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the Bridgerton star emerging as a favorite to take up the Black Panther mantle.
There are a lot of uncertainties about the future of the Black Panther franchise following the passing of Chadwick Boseman in August 2020.
After taking several months to process the unmeasurable loss, Marvel mastermind Kevin Feige confirmed that while Marvel would be proceeding with Black Panther 2 they would not be recasting the role of T’Challa/Black Panther. In speaking with Deadline, after Feige confirmed the role would not be recast he subtly hinted that director Ryan Coogler was instead looking at furthering the Black Panther and Wakanda mythology.
Marvel has yet to reveal exactly how they will address Boseman’s passing within the film or just who might be tapped to take on the mantle as the new Black Panther. While many fans have speculated as to whether Marvel might look to pass the mantle on to Letitia Wright’s Shuri or Winston Duke’s M’Baku, a new rumor suggests Marvel might instead look to introduce an entirely new character to take up the mantle of Black Panther — and it seems Bridgerton‘s breakout heartthrob is an early favorite for the role.
According to Crazy Days and Nights, an entertainment site run by a Hollywood lawyer who is said to have a history of reliable inside scoops on casting moves, Regé-Jean Page is said to have emerged as a frontrunner to take up the Black Panther mantle in Black Panther 2. It’s not hard to see why Page has emerged as frontrunner after checking out one artist’s incredible fanart!
What Regé-Jean Page could look like as Black Panther in the MCU
While Marvel has not addressed the rumor of Page’s casting nor have they announced any Black Panther 2 casting announcements, Bridgerton fan page Bridgerton Appreciation Society has given us the chance to see what Regé-Jean Page could look like if given the chance to suit up as Black Panther in a jaw-dropping new image which has left us speechless.
In the stunning new fanart, Page trades in his Regency-era threads and transforms into Black Panther in suiting up in the character’s iconic Vibranium suit. Although it’s difficult seeing anyone else rocking Boseman’s Black Panther suit there is no denying that Page looks phenomenal as the character and we could absolutely see why so many fans have begun vocally supporting the casting rumor.
As Bridgerton proved, Page has a commanding on-screen presence with an incredible range. Just look at the depth of character Page brought to the role of the Duke of Hastings who was such a layered and complicated character. These are just a few qualities Marvel tends to look for in its actors and if given the chance we know Page would crush it in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
No matter whether Marvel looks to indeed bring him into the fold as the next Black Panther or looks to find an entirely new role as a means to bring into him to the mix, one thing that’s certain is Regé-Jean Page is a star on the rise who Marvel needs to lock down asap!Next: 17 best Netflix shows to watch and 8 to skip
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