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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 5 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Fireboy DML, Juls, Adekunle Gold 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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Michaela Coel Joins the 'Black Panther' Sequel Cast

The upcoming film, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, is shaping up.

The sequel to the Oscar-winning Black Panther is only due to debut in July of 2022, but the production is well on its way.

The latest news out of the camp is that Michaela Coel, of I May Destroy You and Chewing Gum fame, has officially joined the cast of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Her character details are still under wraps but according to Variety, Coel has already joined director Ryan Coogler at Atlanta's Pinewood Studios, where production started in late June.

Coel joins original cast members Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong'o, Florence Kasumba, and Angela Bassett all reprising their roles. Following the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman, Marvel reportedly chose not to recast the role of T'Challa.

Read: How Michaela Coel's 'I May Destroy You' Makes Space For Black Creators

"It's clearly very emotional without Chad," Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige mentions. "But everyone is also very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back to the public and back to the fans. We're going to do it in a way that would make Chad proud."

Michaela Coel's highly-lauded 2020 series I May Destroy You — which she wrote, directed, produced and stared in — received four Emmy nominations.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is scheduled for wide release on July 8, 2022.

Meet Duro Arts, the Man Behind Your Favorite Afrobeats Album Covers

We talk to the Lagos-based digital artist about his work with Olamide, Phyno, Falz and more.

Duro Arts has found himself illustrating the cover artwork for a new wave of Nigerian musicians. Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Oluwadurotimi Bolaji Idowu started digital art in 2010, at a time where afrobeats music was still grasping its feet. Now, 11 years later, he has made covers for heavyweight hitmakers like Peruzzi, Phyno, Olamide, Zlatan, Oxlade, and Davido.

We caught up with Duro Arts on a Sunday afternoon over Zoom. He took the call from Accra, Ghana, where he's currently working. We talked about his journey as a digital artist, his portfolio, creative process, and the changes he'd like to see in the creative industry.

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The award-winning South African writer and producer cut his teeth in the TV industry washing and drying make-up sponges. Today, he's responsible for entertaining millions of soapie lovers on the African continent.