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John Boyega wants to land a Marvel role

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In a series of tweets Tuesday, actor John Boyega—of Attack the Block and Star Wars: Episode VII fame—said that he’s “aiming” for a Marvel role and “booking a flight to Wakanda”:



Those in tune with Marvel Comics lore know that the fictional African nation of Wakanda is a bastion of learning and advanced technology ruled by T’Challa, also known as costumed superhero The Black Panther.

Screenrant speculates that the tweets’ proximity to this weekend’s Comic-Con is significant, suggesting that a Black Panther movie might be one of the announcements Marvel Studios makes at its panel Saturday evening.

It’s not too much of a reach, given that Disney has set the release dates for Marvel movies through 2019.  In an interview with IGN,  Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige also expressed a desire for the studio to make one movie with a new character and one with an existing property every year. If Feige gets his way, the odds of getting a Black Panther movie announced are significantly higher.

We’ll find out more on Saturday.