No, Morris Chestnut Will Not Play the Black Panther in ‘Avengers 2’

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We all know that many celebrities take the same attitude toward their Twitter as they do toward raising their children: they’re actively involved and make suggestions, but someone is paid to do the heavy lifting. That seems to be what happended to actor Morris Chestnut who found himself in contention to play the role of Black Panther in Avengers 2 and having to deny the rumor within 24 hours, all thanks to Twitter. 

It all started on Tuesday when the Boyz N the Hood actor’s Twitter account said, “Time to get familiar with the Black Panther character!” He then referenced that the character was going to be in Avengers 2, which is set to premiere in 2015. The tweets have since been deleted but, like everything on the Internet from penis pictures to meatball recipes, they have been preserved for future generations. It makes total sense that the Black Panther would join the franchise since the powerful King of Wakanda (a fictional African nation) has been a fixture of the roster in the comics since the ’70s and would add some much needed additional color to the cast. But it turns out it’s not true. 

Chestnut later tweeted that he isn’t in talks for the part at all (and, thanks to tight-lipped Marvel, we still don’t know if the part even exists).

Just today there was a string of tweets that said the following, “Disclaimer: In fairness to Mr. Chestnut, it must be acknowledged that all posts in reference to the “Black Panther” were originated by The MCCamp. Although Mr. Chestnut applies earnest effort in communicating with his fans, occasionally there is assistance by The MCCamp in the best interest of facilitating production/filming and/or projects, as is the case at this time. The enthusiasm of the Fans is highly revered, always honored and appreciated. Thank you. – The MCCamp” 

So, looks like Morris Chestnut has about as much hand in his Twitter as some stars have in their “clothing lines.” And what is the MCCamp? Is that the “Morris Chestnut Camp” or is that some sort of agency that he pays to deliver all the tweets for him? I have no clue, but I’m almost certain that someone is getting fired today, and it might even be Morris Chestnut. 

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