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John Boyega Hinted at a Possible Marvel Superhero Role and Fans are Freaking Out Over Who He Could Play

The British-Nigerian actor revealed that he's met with the studio to discuss a possible superhero role "way down the line."

John Boyega is enjoying major success as the star of his latest film, Pacific Rim Uprising—and we can't wait to see which role he'll take on next.

In an interview at this year's Awesome Con in Washington D.C., the actor talked about his roles in Pacific Rim Uprising and Star Wars, and addressed fans who asked about the possibility of him starring in a reboot of Marvel's Blade, originally starring Wesley Snipes.

While Boyega confirmed that he would not be taking on that role, "it would spit in the face of Wesley [Snipes] if I took Blade." he said, the actor did reveal that he had meetings with Marvel about possibly playing another superhero "way down the line."

Of course, fans were excited to learn about the news and immediately began speculating as to which character Boyega could play. Some are suggesting that he's be the perfect fit for the Black Panther sequel, Shadow and Act suggests, that he could play White Tiger, a villain who worked alongside Erik Killmonger, or an X-Men Mutant.

This video from Now This offers some other ideas about which roles Boyega could take on:

Though it doesn't look like we'll know what role Boyega will take on anytime soon, people are already excited about the prospect of him becoming the next Marvel superhero. Given all the success he's had starring in films for other major franchises, it only makes sense that he would enter the Marvel Universe next.

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The 8 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Femi Kuti, RIMON, Joeboy, Makhalanjalo, Tayc and more.

Every week, we highlight the top releases through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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Watch Pa Salieu Make His US TV Debut With Performance on 'Fallon'

With the way the Gambian-British rap star is moving, 2021 is sure to be his year.

The excitement surrounding Gambian-British rapper Pa Salieu doesn't seem to be slowing down, as he has just further introduced himself to U.S. audiences. The buzzing artist made his U.S. debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon , performing hit "Frontline".

Three weeks in to the new year and UK based Salieu has topped NME's 100 Essential emerging artists for 2021 list, won BBC's Sound of 2021, and the list of accomplishments keep rolling in.

In his visually bewitching performance of "Frontline," a standout track off 2020's Send Them to Coventry, Salieu not only showed off his talents but his personality in the upbeat performance. At one point the rapper sang to viewers through a car, was joined on stage by some friends and their dogs, before ending his show front and center and glowing. The energy and vision that so obviously went into the performance is noted and appreciated. Who doesn't love to see people doing something they love?

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Ayra Starr Shines Bright on Debut Single 'Away'

Mavin Records' new teenage signee comes through with her debut EP.

West African native and the newest Mavin Records signee Ayra Starr is fresh out of the gate and already getting tongues wagging. The 19-year-old has released her self-titled debut EP, starting with head bopper "Away."

Born in Benin and raised between Cotonou and Lagos, Nigeria, Starr's sound allows her versatility and distinctive styles to take center stage. Her new five-track EP exhibits strong examples of soulfulness and a diverse musical range that usually takes some years to master.

But, what can't African women do?

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Focalistic, Tiwa Savage, DBN Gogo and more score a spot on the nominees list for the 'Listener's Choice' award at the 2021 MAMAs.