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Michael B. Jordan
If Marvel opts to go young-ish for "Black Panther," the studio could do far worse than to look at Jordan, a 25-year-old actor seemingly on the verge of a true breakout. On the small screen, Jordan has showcased his acting range on "The Wire," "Friday Night Lights" and "Parenthood," plus a memorable guest turn as "House" headed into its closing run. In addition to showcasing both strength and vulnerability in some of the best TV offerings of the past 25 years, Jordan has also cobbled together an impressive big screen career, gaining notice this winter in both "Red Tails" and "Chronicle." It's time for somebody to give Jordan a vehicle to see what he can do.
- Daniel Fienberg