San Diego Comic Con kicks off today, so maybe that's what inspired a string of Tweets all about how John Boyega would like to be fit into the Marvel Studios film franchise. The first of the social media posts simply expressed the 22-year-old's desire to land a role in a Marvel movie:
Marvel role? ....hehehe ... I'm dam right aiming for it— John Boyega (@JBoyega) July 22, 2014
Then the second dropped a major hint about who Boyega would like to play:
Currently booking flight to wakanda— John Boyega (@JBoyega) July 22, 2014
Finally, the third one suggests an arc he'd like to see the Marvel movies take on.
Civil war comic! Killed me!— John Boyega (@JBoyega) July 22, 2014
Those familiar with Marvel's comics and not just their movies will know that Boyega is dropping none-too-subtle clues that he'd like to play none other than the King of the fictional African nation Wakanda, Black Panther.
With Marvel embracing diversity across their properties, a Black Panther movie isn't totally out of the question. But there's no indication that Boyega has been in talks with Marvel Entertainment, just that he'd like to be. And who could blame him? Beyond the massive opportunity such a gig would be to an up-and-coming actor, John Boyega is a self-revealed comic nerd whose been weighing in on some of Marvel's big announcements, like Sam Wilson's taking over for Captain America.
So captain America will be a black man! Erm okay... Can we have character information, origin story and Steve Rogers comparison.— John Boyega (@JBoyega) July 22, 2014
And in response to the backlash by some fans, Boyega offered:
There is no need to emphasise the 'black' man. Falcon has been by Steve's side for some time. Frickin ell.— John Boyega (@JBoyega) July 22, 2014
Before poking fun:
Although I have issues with the lack of roles for raccoons and talking trees. Glad guardians will change this.— John Boyega (@JBoyega) July 22, 2014