Beyoncé In Avengers? Black Actors We May See In Upcoming Superhero Movies

June 29, 2015  |  
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As superhero movies keep rolling out, so do the opportunities for Black actors to take on starring role. Ava DuVernay directing? Beyoncé starring? Check out the Black actors and power players we may see in upcoming superhero movies.

Ava DuVernay

You can find director Ava DuVernay behind the scenes in 2018, directing Marvel’s upcoming superhero flick Black Panther.

Chadwick Boseman

As if you needed another reason to tune into Black PantherGet On Up star Chadwick Boseman has been chosen to play the title character!

Lupita Nyong’o

Rumor has it that the X-Men franchise may be looking for a new actress to play Storm, and Lupita Nyong’o’s name has been tossed around quite a bit. There’s even a CHANGE petition to make it happen!


Could Beyoncé be in the next Avengers movie? Mrs. Carter is reportedly in talks with Marvel and Disney execs to play a role in the 2018 and 2019 Avengers installments scheduled down the line. What role will she play? Well, the Marvel characters Boom-Boom, Blink and Tigra are currently up for grabs.

Viola Davis

Need another reason to get excited about the upcoming superhero movie Suicide Squad? How To Get Away With Murder Star Viola Davis has confirmed that she will be in the movie! Her character? Amanda Waller: the fearless, take-no-mess leader of this band of villains turned heroes. We can’t wait!

Donald Glover

Spider-Man fans have been rooting for #Donald4Spiderman since Marvel rebooted the character several years ago. And Glover says he’s still on board — if fans root loud enough to convince movie executives to give him a chance.

Taye Diggs

The Best Man star Taye Diggs has been putting the word out that he wants to play Luke Cage. He recently told Conan, “I’ve always liked that. Just you know, growing up a poor black boy, you gravitate to the black superheroes.”

And, as luck would have it, Marvel recently announced that Luke Cage is one of the characters that they’ll be reviving in their Netflix deal, so the actor’s dreams might just come true!

Jaden Smith

Jaden Smith may dress up like Batman, but he’s more likely to grace the silver screen as another DC Comics superhero: Static Shock. If the rumors are true, Smith will star as the geeky teen-turned-superhero in the upcoming movie.

Tyler James Williams

Donald Glover might have some serious competition on his hands for Spider-Man. In a recent interview, The Walking Dead actor Tyler James Williams dropped some serious hints that he is in talks with Fox and Marvel Studios to be cast as the next Spider-Man. Nothing wrong with a little healthy competition!

Michael B. Jordan

Looking for a superhero movie to get into this summer? You can catch the Fruitvale Station star as Johnny Storm this August. He’s the new and Black Human Torch in the reboot of Fantastic Four.

Tyrese Gibson

The WB’s Green Lantern is scheduled to hit the small screen soon. Tyrese has thrown his name in the ring for the leading role, despite detractors saying he isn’t a good fit.

Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union told her Reddit fans that she’s dying to play a superhero: “I’ve even like, researched black female superheroes!” She’s open to fans choosing the part for her: “I would LOVE. So give me one I can campaign for! That you guys would like to see me do!”

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