Anthony Mackie wants to play Panthro in the movie ThunderCats

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Marvel Cinematic Universe star Anthony Mackie reveals he wants to play Panthro in a ThunderCats movie and reminisces about his childhood love for the series.

Marvel Cinematic Universe star Anthony Mackie reveals he wants to play Panthro in a ThunderCats film and recalls his childhood love of the series. Created by Tobin “Ted” Wolf, the animated show followed the adventures of the titular group of feline heroes on the alien planet called Third Earth, where after awakening from suspended animation must battle against their enemies known as Mutants of Plun-Darr and a mummified wizard called Mumm-Ra. ThunderCats ran for four seasons before initially ending in 1988.

ThunderCats would go on to spawn a franchise that included several Marvel and DC Comics comic books, a side-scrolling video game, and a TV movie. The series would be rebooted twice by Cartoon Network, the first in 2011 receiving largely positive reviews, although its episode order was reduced from 52 to 26 and then canceled while the second in 2020, thunder cats roar, would receive a lot of fan reaction but would run for the full 52 episodes. Attempts to make a ThunderCats The film has been in the works for a long time, and an A-list star is looking to put his stamp on the property.

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While attending the recent Fan Expo in New Orleans (via Joe Brooklyn), Mackie revealed his desire to star in a ThunderCats movie. The MCU star recalled growing up on the animated series and wanting to play Panthro in a movie, comparing his potential casting to that of Kelsey Grammer in X-Men: The Final Showdown. See what Mackie had to say below:

“I pre-exist to all Pokemon, anime [craze]. I wasn’t into the comics, none of that. So I was a huge ThunderCats fan. My goal when they make the ThunderCats movie is that I want to be the blue guy. What is his name? Panthro! This is what I want to be when I grow up. If Kelsey Grammer can be Beast, I want to be Panthro. We can both be blue.”


The studios have tried and failed to get a ThunderCats the film took off for nearly 15 years, with a CGI project first seen in 2007 by Spring Creek Productions languishing in development hell for three years before being officially canceled. Test footage and concept art for the CGI film have leaked over the years, though outside of resident Evil With star Milla Jovovich expressing interest in playing Cheetara in a live-action movie, word about a potential big-screen adaptation has largely died with the original project. That was until early last year when Warner Bros. announced new live action ThunderCats film with Godzilla vs. Kong director Adam Wingard attached to helm a screenplay he is co-writing with longtime collaborator Simon Barrett.


No new details have emerged on the ThunderCats action movie since that announcement, but Mackie’s desire to play Panthro in the project comes at just the right time. With no cast currently set for the project, the MCU vet could bring some suitable star power to the film’s roster to draw audiences to the theater. Only time will tell if Mackie will be able to live out her childhood dream and star in a ThunderCats movie.

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Source: Joe Brooklyn

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