Black Panther: Wakanda Forever EP Nate Moore expresses interest in adapting the comic character Blue Marvel, whose powers are on par with Superman.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever executive producer Nate Moore expressed his interest in bringing one of Marvel’s versions of Superman into the MCU.
Marvel Comics never lacks great characters, even newer ones, and the opportunities to tell their stories in the Marvel Cinematic Universe are always a possibility. Thus, when asked in a podcast interview with Deadline what Black superhero story he would like to see on the big screen, Moore brought up a recently introduced Marvel character in the Blue Marvel, who he regarded as “fantastic” and “fascinating.” The hero, an African American military veteran and a brilliant scientist, brandishes antimatter-imbued abilities that put him on par with DC’s Man of Steel, power-wise.
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“He’s a character who is almost Superman in strength and powers, who in the 60s’ operated as the Blue Marvel, a masked character,” said Moore. “In a fight, his mask was ripped off and people realized he was Black. Kennedy actually asked him to go back undercover because he was scaring people and was going to upset the powderkeg of the civil right era. He’s since been introduced into the Marvel Publishing as a sort of a really smart, almost Captain Nemo character — he takes these great space voyages and goes on these grand adventures. He’s a great character.”
Introduced in Adam: Legend of the Blue Marvel Vol 1 (2008) from writer Kevin Grevioux and penciler Mat Broome, the character, born Adam Brashear, is an African American Korean War veteran and a theoretical physicist. However, during an experiment to harness a clean energy source, an explosion turns Brashear into a living stable antimatter reactor, yielding an array of superpowers. However, the same accident resulted in the opposite effect for his longtime friend Conner Sims, turning his body into pure energy as an unstable source of anti-matter. Due to the accident and past trauma, Sims would become the unhinged antagonist Anti-Man. Thus, there would be a fully-established story off which to work, should Marvel Studios decide to bring Blue Marvel into the MCU.
While Moore didn’t specify where a prospective Blue Marvel debut would occur, his focus as a Black Panther producer could suggest the upcoming third film as a possible platform. However, Wakanda Forever star Letitia Wright, whose character Shuri took the franchise’s titular mantle, recently implied that things are still in early stages for Black Panther 3‘s development. “We need a little bit of a break, we need to regroup, and [director] Ryan [Coogler] needs to get back into the lab, so it’s going to take a while, but really excited for you guys to see that.”
Pertinent to the team’s need for downtime, the podcast talk also had producer sharing Marvel’s initial doubts when Wakanda Forever hit a creative bump after Chadwick Boseman’s 2020 passing. The script has been written, and they were already in pre-production. “Should we make this movie?” was one of the questions that crossed his mind. However, the producer commented that the notion of recasting never did. “How to narratively address his absence in a way that felt honest?” was the biggest challenge for the film. Speaking of how they came about the decision of mirroring grief in the film, Moore said, “It was the only way that felt authentic: We knew we had a reaction to the passing, but clearly the world did.”
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is slated to debut on Disney+ on Jan. 20, after which it hits digital on Feb. 1 and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on Feb. 7.