Superhero Buzz: New ‘Black Panther’ Villain, ‘Aquaman’ Character Mystery

Captain America: Civil War

Nowadays, advance trailers for superhero movies are so packed with action and adventure that some elements can easily pass by without notice. That appears to have happened with the first trailer for Black Panther, which impressed everybody when it was released earlier this month.

Now that we’ve all had a little time to absorb the colorful, packed trailer, actress Nabiyah Be has proudly announced on Twitter that she’s in the trailer as Tilda Johnson.

Never kept something for myself for so long! Check out Tilda Johnson’s first appearance in

— Nabiyah Be (@nabiyahbe) June 10, 2017

As pointed out by BirthMoviesDeath, Tilda Johnson is also known as Deadly Nightshade in the Marvel comic book universe. The character sides against Black Panther, and in the trailer (as isolated in the social media post), she’s fighting alongside Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan), so she’s on the side of rebellious, villainous powers.

Black Panther is due out on February 16, 2018.

Third Watch

On the DC side of the comic book movie universe, production on James Wan’s Aquaman is underway and another actor has joined the cast. Michael Beach (TV’s Third Watch, above), who has built a fine career over the past 30 years and worked with Wan on Insidious: Chapter 2, will play Jesse Kane, “part of a group of high-seas hijackers who has a fateful interaction with Aquaman.”

The description comes from Warner Bros., as reported by Deadline, which adds the intriguing speculation that the character may be the father of Black Manta (Abdul-Mateen II). The basis for that rumor is a social media post by Beach last month in response to a direct question from a fan.

Yes or No … correct!

— Michael Beach (@MikeABeach) May 24, 2017

We’ll have confirmation of Beach’s true identity no later than December 21, 2018, which is when Aquaman splashes into theaters.


Before Chadwick Boseman made his debut as Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War (top), he built a substantial career in a variety of television shows. More recently, he gained wide attention for his lead performances as baseball legend Jackie Robinson in 42 and as musical legend James Brown in Get on Up.

Now he’s looking to do it again. The first trailer for Marshall has been released, in which Boseman portrays a firebrand attorney named Thurgood Marshall. Years later, Marshall would be appointed as the first African-American Supreme Court justice, but in this highly charged drama, he’s an attorney seeking justice for his client, a chauffeur (Sterling K. Brown) accused by his employer (Kate Hudson) of sexual assault and attempted murder.

Watch the trailer below. Marshall will open in theaters on October 13.