Black Panther’s STERLING K. BROWN Open to Return
In an article posted on Showbiz Cheat Sheet on May 31st, 2021, it was reported that some fans want Sterling K. Brown to return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. How does Brown himself feel about this? Well, he re-Tweeted the article with the comment, “If there’s a way, I’d be honored,” so we think he would be on-board, Marvel Blog True Believers!
— Sterling K Brown (@SterlingKBrown) June 2, 2021
Sterling K. Brown played the role of N’Jobu, who is the brother of King T’Chaka (John Kani), in 2018’s Black Panther.
As an original Marvel Cinematic Universe character, Black Panther director Ryan Coogler has provided a little context about what happens to the character off-screen. Before the events of the film, N’Jobu falls in love with a woman in Oakland, California, and they have a child, and it’s through these relationships that N’Jobu changes his mind about the world outside of Wakanda.
N'Jobu, who is T'Chaka's brother in #BlackPanther, is a character created for the film and does not reside in the comics. S'Yan is his brother in the comics and is an honorable man who would die protected his wife, Ramona, from gunfire pic.twitter.com/kocJnAeg9h
— Marvel Facts & News (@MUCulture) February 23, 2018
Over the course of the movie, which you can stream right now on Disney+, N’Jobu is killed by T’Chaka, and his death provides motivation for his son, Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan), to try and take over Wakanda.
While N’Jobu may have died over the course of Black Panther, a return for his character is not necessarily out of the picture.
For one thing, many Marvel Comics characters are seen dying, but they later return… that’s the nature of a universe where time travel, cloning, shapeshifting doppelganger aliens, parallel dimensions, and S.H.I.E.L.D. experiments with Kree blood are standard operating procedure!
Plus, with new kinds of stories like What If…? heading our way, there are many possibilities to see a late character in the land of the living once again.
The Marvelous Sterling K. Brown
But it is also possible that Brown could be recast as a different role, returning to the MCU as a separate character.
The Emmy Award-winning actor has lots of experience, having previously appeared on shows like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel from Amazon Studios (no, not that MARVELous, Marvel Blog True Believers) and This Is Us on NBC.
Besides, with the MCU constantly expanding and adding new characters and stories, there’s no shortage of possibilities for a new role for Brown. And with the re-casting of actors who got a short shift the first time around – like Gemma Chan, who first appeared as Minn-Erva in Captain Marvel before being cast as Sersi in Eternals – this seems like a real possibility!
Which character would you like to see Brown portray in future MCU entries? Let us know what you think in the comment section, Marvel Blog True Believers!