At the age of 23, West Philadelphia was born and raised Jabari Banks landed his breakout role through Peacock's newest series, Bel-Air. The young actor debuted as Will Smith's character in the modern, dramatized twist on the beloved '90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Given the current momentum he’s under, Banks expressed his interest in joining one of the biggest franchises in the world, Marvel. He shared the MCU hero he wants to portray if the studios will give him a chance to join their notable roster.
In an interview with Variety while representing Bel-Air at the NAACP Image Awards, Banks was asked which superhero he'd want to play in a Marvel film if he had the freedom to choose, and the actor responded immediately. “I think I want to be Spider-Man. Spider-Man. That's my favorite superhero, yeah.” he said. Given his enthusiasm, Banks named another iconic MCU character that he wants to portray. “I mean, you know, I don't know... I'm kind of dressed like Black Panther today though, you know what I mean? Just a little bit?” he teased.
Marvel president Kevin Feige previously disclosed that they are developing a story for Spider-Man 4 and hinted that Tom Holland’s Peter Parker is set to return. Despite the possibility that Holland will reprise his role, given the multiverse, it can open up more versions of the web-slinger in the MCU. Fans have long been waiting for the Miles Morales incarnation of Spidey to make his live-action debut, and if the big bosses will tune in to Banks’ interest, this could be the opportunity that he's been waiting for.
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As for the Black Panther film series, the mantle has just recently been passed to Chadwick Boseman's T'Challa and his younger sister, Letitia Wright's Shuri, which is why the role is not vacant yet. Wright also previously commented that Black Panther 3 is in the works; although it’s more of a hope than a confirmation, if the threequel becomes possible, it will surely dwell more on the narrative focusing on Shuri as the new Black Panther.
Whether or not Banks will get to play the MCU heroes he had in mind, the possibility of him joining Marvel is attainable, especially if he is to continue his stardom.
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